Contact Info

          Department of Communication Studies
          Compton Hall, Room 208
          210 East Normal Street
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2444

          Dr. Kathleen M. Golden
          Department Chair
          Phone: (814) 732-2528

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          Jobs and Internships

          Making sure Edinboro University students are fully prepared for the professional world is a priority for the University, as the many fantastic internship opportunities available to Communication Studies students and the notable career achievements of Department alumni continue to prove.

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          Hands-on, real-world experience is hard to beat. Edinboro University recognizes that experiential learning is a valuable tool in helping students to make career decisions and in complementing formal classroom learning. Students majoring in Communication Studies can complete up to 15 internship credits after earning 60 hours of coursework. 

          Recent internships in Northwestern Pennsylvania include: UPMC Hamot, Widget Financial Credit Union, March of Dimes, Erie County Historical Society, American Red Cross, Erie County Bar Association, Obama Campaign Erie, LECOM, Logistics Plus, St. Vincent Health Center, GE Transportation Systems, and the Erie SeaWolves to name just a few.

          Internships our majors have completed in other parts of the country include: Atlantic Records Corp. (New York, N.Y.), Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Cleveland Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Cleveland, Ohio), Office of the Speaker of the House (Harrisburg, Pa.), Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Opera Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio), Vail Resorts (Vail, Colo.), Pittsburgh Penguins (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Hilton Head Resort (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and the Republican National Committee (Washington, DC), among others.

          Students who are interested in internship experiences are encouraged to contact the Communication Studies Department internship coordinator, or visit the Center for Career Development’s internship webpages for more information.

          Please also read the Department’s complete internship procedure information here.

          Communication Studies Department Internship Coordinator: 

          Dr. Melissa Gibson
          Office: Compton Hall, Room 105D
          Phone: (814) 732-1592


          In today’s evolving workplace, the average person will change his or her career more than seven times. Having a Communication Studies degree provides you with the flexibility to get a job wherever you choose. The EU Center for Career Development assists students at the onset of their professional lives with many outstanding services, including building resume, interviewing and networking skills and offering numerous job fair opportunities annually both on- and off-campus.

          Featured Alumni

          The Communication Studies Department at Edinboro University is represented by a long list of successful alumni who have graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees from our department. These alumni represent a wide range of careers, demonstrating the versatility and flexibility of a Communication Studies degree. Here’s a sampling:

          • Joelyn Bush ’08, BA Speech Communication, is the Marketing and Communications Manager at United Way of Erie County, Erie, Pa.
          • Adam Campbell, ’08,’10, BA Speech Communication/MA in Communication Studies, is a Marketing Specialist at Diamond Pharmacy Services, Johnstown, Pa.
          • Ann Coleman ’95, BA Speech Communication, is the Director of Prospect Research at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.
          • Emily (Reeher) Dolski, ’10, BA Speech Communication, is the Early Identification Program Manager at GE Transportation in Erie, Pa.
          • Aaron L. Gast, ’10, BA Communication Studies, is the Web Account Manager at Werkbot Studios in Erie, Pa.
          • Elaine Gibson ’02, ’05, BA Communication and Media Studies/MA in Communication Studies, is the Graduate Medical Education Department Manager at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa.
          • Kim Green, ‘93, BA Speech Communication, is the Executive Director at City of Erie Redevelopment Authority in Erie, Pa.
          • Gregory Harris ’12, MA Communication Studies, is the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
          • Courtney Hillhouse, ’05, ’07, BA Speech Communication/MA Communication Studies, is the Community Prevention Coordinator at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, in Windsor, Vt.
          • Pamela Lange, ’11, BA in Communication Studies, is a Communication Manager at Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Fla.
          • Jaclyn (Muenz) Moore, ’08, BA in Speech Communication, is a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative at Strativa Pharmaceuticals in Nashville, Tenn.
          • Anna (List) Morris, ’12, MA Communication Studies, is a Communication Specialist at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
          • Michael Neal ’82, BA in Speech Communication, is the Executive Vice President and East Central Division Operating Officer at the American Cancer Society in Harrisburg, Pa.
          • Melissa (Anderson) Parker, ’08, MA in Communication Studies, is the Academic Program Advisor at The Washington Center in Washington, DC.
          • Brian Prezgay, ’99, BA in Speech Communication, is the Head of Global Strategy at CloudTags and Principal at Pixels & Bricks in New York, N.Y.
          • Melissa (Hennen) Uzzo ’09, MA in Communication Studies, is the Training Program Manager at The Training Connection, San Francisco, Calif.
          • Chris Vallieres ’10, ’12, BA Communication Studies/MA in Communication Studies, is the Promotions Coordinator at Ainsworth Pet Nutrition in Meadville, Pa.
          • Anam Wahidi, ’10, BA Communication Studies, is a Recruiting Consultant for Southern Company Energy, in Atlanta, Ga.