Prepare For The World Ahead

The rapidly changing world and competitive job market will require you to develop an aptitude for complex communication and expert thinking.


So, what can you do with a communication degree? The short answer is anything. This B.A. degree is extremely versatile, making one adeptly suited for any career. Research studies have consistently shown the ability to effectively communicate is just as important, if not more so, than any other professional attribute, including technical proficiency and experience. This makes communication the perfect area of study in preparation for a career in law, advertising, politics, public relations, media or business. This major examines the ways in which communication occurs within a business, nonprofit or other organizational setting. Students also may select a minor in communication.

The Jewell Difference

All communication majors complete an internship, preparing you for your chosen career and providing invaluable networking opportunities. Jewell interns have an exceptional reputation and are highly valued by organizations throughout the country. Our flexible academic program will also allow you to pursue a second major in an area outside of communication or public relations.

As a communication student at Jewell, you will:

  • Prepare, organize and deliver well-written, verbal and non-verbal messages crafted for a particular audience and context
  • Demonstrate an understanding of communication theories and principles
  • Interpret and demonstrate expected communication practices as informed by a variety of professional and social contexts
  • Critically evaluate communication messages through identifying their ideological, cultural and contextual assumptions and implications


Internships will help you make the transition from formal academic study to actual on-the-job situations. Your career goals are matched with appropriate sponsoring organizations to provide increased learning opportunities. This will help you discover what you are good at, what you like, and learn to make choices and build relationships with people in the professional world. Internships make connections between what you learn in class and what you experience at work and in professional life. For this reason, the Department of Communication encourages all students to engage in internships that complement their course of study.

Employers supervising Jewell interns may use this form for their evaluation:

Supervisor Performance Appraisal Form


Scholarships and academic credit are available through our department's co-curricular activities. Contact Dr. Joshua Hoops for questions about the Gina Lane Debate Society or Dr. Robert Wells for information on the Hilltop Monitor Newspaper.

Austin Baragary, ’14

Social media management, A2 Advertising, Kansas City

"The department... taught me it's critical to consider all the factors that shape communication. It is important to have an understanding of the world around you­—the cultures, history, etc.—in order to fully participate and be a force for good and change in the world."

Cari Hill, ’16

Graduate student, Loyola University

"I learned ... the privilege and responsibility I have in using my voice to advocate for others... that communication is less about how to speak, and more about how to engage others in a way that enacts necessary changes and creates positive impact."

Beyond Jewell

Jewell interns have an outstanding reputation and are highly sought by a wide variety of organizations in Kansas City and throughout the country in major corporations, small businesses, philanthropic organizations, advertising agencies, theaters, nonprofit organizations, public relations firms and media outlets.

  • Communication and PR Internships

    Recent internships include:
    • Cerner Corporation
    • Veterans Administration Medical Center
    • Entercom Communications Corporation
    • Sporting Kansas City
    • Sturges Word Marketing Communications
    • St. Joseph Mustangs
    • Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations
    • Boston Magazine
    • Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
    • Senator Kit Bond’s Office Washington, D.C.
    • Harvesters Community Food Network
    • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    • National American Miss Pageant
    • Missouri Department of Conservation, Jefferson City
    • Kansas City Brigade Football
    • McClelland Law Firm
    • Crosby-Volmer International Communications, Washington, D.C.
    • National Association of Insurance Commissioners
    • Metro Sports
    • Coterie Theatre
    • Truman Foundation, Washington, D.C.
    • WDAF Fox 4 TV
    • Allied Advertising
    • Enterprise
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  • Careers

    Job placements of recent graduates
    • Lyric Theater
    • Superior Management Group
    • U.S. Department of State
    • Bluespace Creative
    • A2 Advertising
    • Burns and McDonnell
    • Spencer Fane Britt and Browne
    • Gragg Advertising
    • Lockton Companies
    • St. Louis Rams
    • Teach for America
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