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DWC partners with University School to create fellowship

"Careers in Communications" highlights Communication major

NSU University School students who dream of a career in communication can now get a head start with the Department of Writing and Communication’s newly launched “Careers in Communication” fellowship. The fellowship, formed through a partnership between the Department of Writing and Communication within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and NSU University School, provides select students with the opportunity to experience life as a communication major at NSU while learning about future careers in communication, including digital media production, journalism and strategic communication.

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“This is a promising partnership that exemplifies NSU’s commitment to experiential learning,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and chair of the CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication.

The collaborative effort, which also involves the Lifelong Learning Institute and NSU’s Office of Student Media, offers students the chance to engage in a variety of communications-related experiential learning activities, such as attending and participating in communication courses offered by the CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication; working with the campus television station, newspaper and radio station; producing videos with the Lifelong Learning Institute; and taking part in communications-related workshops, such as feature writing, with NSU communication faculty members.

In addition, Fellows have the chance to attend on-campus communications-focused events, such as the NSU Leadership and Multimedia Conference, and visit off-campus industry sites, such as the television station WPLG Local 10.

"We are excited to provide this immersive experience to NSU University School students so that they can not only see first-hand but also experience the variety of skills and multimedia projects that a communication major develops,” said Megan Fitzgerald Dunn, Ph.D., associate professor of communication with the CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication. “Students will get to experience everything from a class in social media to working with communication professors and student media to craft their own multimedia stories."

In addition to Fitzgerald-Dunn, CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication faculty participating in the fellowship include Stephen Andon, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, and Whitney Lehmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication.

In January, students completed an application process that included in-person interviews with NSU University School administrators and communication faculty from the CAHSS Department of Writing and Communication. Ten students were ultimately selected as the inaugural class of Communications Fellows.

“We hope students will receive the unique ability to gain hands-on experience and industry skills in an array of communication careers,” said Jaimie Crawford, associate director of the Upper School at the NSU University School.

The 2018 fellowship will conclude in May with an awards ceremony on NSU’s campus.

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