6 resources to maximize your student experience at ComArtSci

Posted on: January 24, 2017

At the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your time as a student and prepare for your future as a professional and successful alum. From one-on-one advising to study abroad opportunities, career fairs and resume workshops – you don’t want to miss out.

  1. Academic Advising

Students are welcomed to schedule appointments with their advisors to discuss their major, student life and more. New available dates and times are posted online every Wednesday. Follow these instructions for how to schedule an appointment.

For students with quick questions and busy schedules, Express Advising hours are offered every Wednesday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. These meetings are organized on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply sign up in room 189 of the ComArtSci building. Kari Schueller, the director of Academic and Student Affairs, suggests that students take advantage of the 8 a.m. start time, as afternoon hours are often much busier.

  1. Career Services


Looking for internship positions or some extra help perfecting your resume? Student peer advisors host regular drop-in hours at the front desk of the career services office in room 181.

Karin Hanson, field career consultant, emphasizes the importance of having your resume and cover letter reviewed by someone in the office. They work directly with job recruiters, so they know what advice to offer students seeking internships and entry level positions.

In addition to regularly scheduled events like networking mixers and resume workshops, the office organizes the annual MSU ComArtSci Connect Career Fair. The fair is set up to give students the chance to learn about potential employment opportunities at companies across the nation and meet professionals in their field.

ComArtSci students have made great relationships at this event. Read a few testimonials from students who have completed internships they discovered at the career fair.

  1. Study Abroad

Michigan State University is known across the country for being a leader in study abroad programs, with over 275 programs in more than 60 countries around the world.

At ComArtSci, some of the most popular trips include “Advertising and Public Relations a la Mediterranean” as well as the “Mass Media in the UK-London, Scotland and Wales.”

For questions about how to make study abroad a possibility for you, visit the Office of Study Abroad or set up an appointment with Jennifer New, assistant director of Academic & Student Affairs. Peer advisors are also available in-person during walk-in hours as well as online to discuss plans.

  1. Study Away


Want to travel to new places, but not interested in going abroad? ComArtSci’s Study Away Field Experience courses might be the best option for you.

Each semester, the course offers students the opportunity to learn about companies in Los Angeles, New York City or Chicago and it concludes with a trip to the city that was focused on.

Advertising senior Emmy Virkus recently traveled with the program to Chicago and wrote about her experience.

  1. Student Organizations

With creativity around every corner, students at ComArtSci have established many student groups in order to utilize the skills they’re learning in their classes.

Whether you’re a professional behind the camera or a young writer looking for ways to get published, there’s a list of different organizations that you can choose from. A few of our students who lead these groups can also tell you why you should join theirs.

  1. Creative Spaces

The college has been buzzing this year about the recently opened Spartan Newsroom and Immersive Media Studio, fit with a digital animation center and a news desk. The space was briefly open for the first time on election day, Nov. 8, 2016. Students and faculty from the
School of Journalism showcased their skills, providing live coverage and updated information during an event called MI First Election. After officially opening in January, students are now taking classes in the space and using the equipment to produce innovative content.

Students also make popular use of the Digital Media Arts and Technology Lab, fondly nicknamed “DMAT,” located on the first floor of the ComArtSci building. The college offers high-tech equipment, like soundproof spaces, microphones and softwares for work with audio, video and more. Several student-produced shows are filmed and edited here!

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences also headquarters WKAR Public Media, the local TV and radio broadcasting entity. The studios are spread throughout the building, so students are often invited and given the chance to work, gain hands-on experience, contribute to radio programs and even assist as interns on various production crews.

By Savannah Swix

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