Department of Communication Studies

Testimonials

Rachel Thiesse

Rachel Thiesse

Leadership and Organizational, December 2019

I interned with the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club Summer 2019.  I was the Game Day Promotions Assistant.  At the end of the internship, my boss told me he would love to see me back in 2020 with a full time internship role.  Since I was graduating within the next few months, I was hesitant to take another internship role.  But I accepted the job as Promotional Coordinator.  My tasks include taking the lead on implementing all pre-game, in-game and post-game on-field promotions, scheduling National Anthem singers, working in the ticket office to help answer phone calls, sell tickets, etc., and helping with the overall operation of the Rox organization.  Communication Studies was applicable to this job because of the amount of interaction with fans and sponsors.  As a part of the promotional staff, I am expected to create a relationship with everyone I come across and knowing how to communicate with fans of all ages has been a real asset.
Charlie Sjostrom

Charlie Sjostrom

Intercultural Communication Emphasis, Spring 2019

Business Development Representative:  I now work for a company called Green Street Advisors in Dallas, TX.  We are an industry leader in real estate and real estate investment trust (REITs) research and advisory services.  My job is to seek out and develop relationships with people and businesses who I think could potentially be future clients.  My communication studies major really taught me how to comfortably and effectively communicate with anyone and everyone.  I think the biggest thing that I got out of this major (that I didn't love at the time) was being pushed out of my comfort zone.  Public speaking, and feeling confident while doing so is a huge asset in any career, but especially if you are looking to get into a sales centered career.  Also, meeting and interacting with people from all walks of life, whether that be people from other countries, backgrounds, cultures, etc.; and becoming comfortable having intriguing, genuine, and wholesome conversations will help you be successful in your career, and most importantly in life.
Madison Goulet

Madison Goulet

Communication Studies Supplementary Major, Spring 2019

I currently work at Marvin as a Human Resources Administrator.  In this role, I do a little bit of everything.  I am involved in direct talent acquisition through the pre-employment and on-boarding process.  I also provide backup for the payroll department and serve as a primary contact for an organization of 2,000+ employees.  Recently, I have been getting more involved with Benefits Administration, which I'm really excited about!  I use what I learned from Communication Studies every day.  Because of my education and experiences from the department, I am able to perform my job with a high degree of empathy, confidence, and openness.
Ashlie Knack

Ashlie Knack

Relational Communication Major Spring 2017

"I am a Life Enrichment Director at an assisted living home.  I plan, coordinate and implement programs, events, outings and celebrations for residents that provide physical, social, intellectual and spiritual development opportunities for residents to participate in.  I love my job because I am making an impact on seniors' lives.  It is also a very "hands-on" job with a small amount of office work, which I enjoy.  My major has been very beneficial in my job because it has provided me the skills to communicate effectively.  It has taught me how to de-escalate and resolve conflict among seniors, as well as how to handle staff issues.  Intercultural communication has helped me communicate more effectively with staff because many of the aids are from out of country.  My effective listening class has helped a lot because being in a field with elderly you hear a lot of complaining/venting and being a good listener has honestly made residents like me more.  Overall Communication Studies gave me the tools to become a more confident speaker as well as a better communicator."
Sharai Sims

Sharai Sims

Persuasion and Advocacy Major Spring 2017

"Currently, I am working for the Annex Teen Clinic in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, as a Sexuality Educator and Programming Coordinator.  We use our lessons to develop better critical thinking skills and leadership in youth, so they are able to take charge of their sexual health.  I also facilitate a youth council of twenty in North Minneapolis that are trained in peer to peer sexual health education. I work with various community and government partners to attain funding and collaborate on different community events.  I would say my education through the Department of Communication Studies taught me how to flourish in today's society.  I believe all my classes during my undergraduate years helped me find my passion for education and facilitation coupled with social justice and advocacy, whether it is through performance, being a TA, or organizing events.  My advice to upcoming graduates from the Department of Communication Studies is a piece of advice I got from Dr. Vorell:  Have all your classes lead into your career."