Written by Lola’s Fruit Shrubs account team members Aly Brandt, Devyn Kehlenbeck, Lily Newman and Nina Yanez.
Whether you are a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications has numerous opportunities for you to get involved. Getting involved will not only be beneficial for your resume but can help create connections to land you a job in your specific field of journalism. Below are six ways to get more involved in the J school.
1) Join clubs specific to your concentration or interests. One of the great things about being in such a well-established journalism school at the University of Oregon is that there are opportunities for people to get involved. A few examples are Allen Hall Public Relations, Allen Hall Advertising, Duck TV and PRSSA. Click here for a full list of student organizations.
2) Consider becoming a peer mentor, or getting mentored through the PRSSA Peer Mentorship Program. This is a great way to get connected with fellow PR students at the University of Oregon. By being involved in this program, mentors share knowledge about personal experiences in the PR program and mentees have the opportunity to ask questions about the sequence and get to know their peers.
3) The SOJC Honors Program offers the opportunity for advanced students to learn how to work in a smaller, more detail-oriented setting. This program adds on the pre-existing major requirements and allows for the development of small, communal based relationships. The program has two components: a class component and a thesis component. In the class component, students will take three Honors courses that focus on areas such as research or media theory. Students will then devise, develop and present a theoretical-based thesis by the end of their senior year. Click here to learn more.
4) A few times each year the SOJC grants students the opportunity to travel to New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco to tour organizations and network with potential future employers. Past visits have taken place at Wieden+Kennedy, 72andSunny, Edelman, Microsoft, Gap and the San Francisco Giants. These trips offer students invaluable opportunities to network with professionals and learn more about the industries they work in. If you are interested in these opportunities, talk to your professors to get trip specific information.
5) Each term the SOJC hosts beneficial student services workshops. Not sure how to begin crafting your resume? Check out the SOJC Resume Basics workshop, where you will learn how to highlight relevant experience and showcase your strengths. Unsure if your cover letter will help land you that job? There’s a workshop for that. Workshop offerings vary each term and fill up quick. Pay attention to SOJC Advising emails, or stop by the Academic Advising office in 134 Allen Hall to learn about upcoming opportunities.
6) We’re sure you’re sick of hearing it, but stop by your professor’s office hours. Even if you don’t need help on an assignment, drop in and introduce yourself. Your professors have years of experience in the field of journalism and can give you advice, tell you about upcoming opportunities or connect you with great resources.
The SOJC is overflowing with opportunities to get involved and has the resources to help you land your dream job.