Communication Connection

Friends of COM Newsletter

Opportunities in COM

Communication Studies Society Inside and Out

Friday, June 13, 2014

By: Malia Swift

Looking to become involved in a non-profit organization? Whether you are a student interested in building your resume, a sponsor wanting to support the local community, or a faculty member looking to help students outside of the classroom, the Communication Studies Society is more than worthy of your consideration.

The organization is open to all majors and offers a myriad of networking opportunities. “Through educational programming such as Project Protégé, students learn more about what they can do with a COM degree, as well as networking opportunities with professionals who work in the various com-related fields,” said Jennifer Chin, CSS Faculty Advisor since 2002. Project Protégé matches students with mentors within the community who can help them with things such as resume building and interview skills. Applications to join Project Protégé are accepted each fall and can be found on the Project Protégé information page.

During a recent interview, Morgan Lang, the CSS president, spoke about the three years she has been a part of the organization. During her time with CSS, Morgan joined Project Protégé allowing her to meet numerous professionals in the Wilmington area, including her mentor. Through Project Protégé, Morgan was able to acquire a paid internship with her mentor’s company and has held that position for a year and a half. “It has been great for networking, getting involved in the community, and has helped to make me a better, well-rounded candidate for future jobs,” said Morgan.

Aside from Project Protégé, CSS also organizes the Make the Most of Your Major (MMOM) information sessions and Rock for a Cure breast cancer benefit. At MMOM sessions, professors speak about the courses they will be teaching the following semester and help students gain a better understanding of the classes, aside from the information that can be found in the course catalogue or on ratemyprofessor.com. Rock for a Cure is a breast cancer fundraiser held every October at the Reel Café located in downtown Wilmington. All proceeds from the event go to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project. Other local events that CSS is involved with include, the UNCW Halloween Carnival, the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, Young at Heart, a dance held for senior citizens, and the Chocolate and Wine Festival.

Through this incredible organization, sponsors can meet potential employees and faculty can interact with students on a whole different level. The networking and experience students receive through CSS will undeniably give them an edge over their future competition in their career field. “Joining CSS has been the best decision I’ve made in college,” said Morgan. “There have been so many opportunities presented to me because of it and I have learned things such as resume building and interview skills that just can’t be taught in a classroom.” Why waste any more time? Visit the CSS website at www.student.uncw.edu/org/css to fill out the member fact sheet and take the first step to becoming a member!