North Central College - Naperville, IL

Organizational Communication

Why choose organizational communication at North Central College?

Become a writer, presenter, team member and speaker and understand the dimensions of communication in professional settings like business, nonprofits, media, technology firms, government and other organizations. You'll learn to craft messages for different audiences, both internal (human resources and employee training) and external (media relations, sales and customer service). North Central offers classes that combine theory with practical application, like group process, which requires teams of students to plan and stage fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. Organizational communication majors are advised to specialize in a second academic area like journalism, marketing, human resources, sociology or interactive media studies depending on their career goals.

You may also:

  • Analyze the organizational communication at local and Chicago organizations.
  • Pursue competitive internships on campus and in Naperville and Chicago.
  • Join the honor society Lambda Pi Eta.
  • Become involved in student government and with campus offices such as admission and ministry and service.
  • Conduct research and present your findings at professional conferences or at North Central's own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

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North Central College began the 2014-2015 academic year Sept. 15 with a near-record number of students.
Dr. Kay O’Donnell (center) mentors media students.
North Central College is launching a new media studies department that combines journalism, broadcast communication and interactive media studies.
U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2015.

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Internships

  • Sports marketing intern, Chicago Bulls/Sox Training Academy, Lisle, IL
  • Marketing and public relations intern, First Nonprofit Insurance Company, Chicago
  • Membership and communications intern, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Chicago
  • Sales intern, Live Nation Motorsports, Aurora, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in organizational communication have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota, Mankato
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Western Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • University of Iowa

Careers

Recent graduates in organizational communication include:

  • Senior manager, Insights and Strategic Planning, Sara Lee
  • Director of convention services, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association
  • Training manager, Spiegel Catalog
  • Graphics manager, OfficeMax
  • Guest connections representative, Walt Disney Co.
  • Print production specialist, Abbott Laboratories
  • Assistant vice president for external affairs, North Central College
Organizational Communication major

As a first-year student, Kelly faced a common problem—she wasn’t sure which major to declare. Her academic advisor came up with the perfect solution for this Cardinal interested in psychology, communications and business: major in organizational communication.

“The field combined all my interests, and it was broad enough to give me lots of career options,” Kelly says. Off campus, she completed an internship with the American Cancer Society and at a small marketing firm in Australia. On campus, she honed her skills on the College Union Activities Board and as an orientation team leader.

Today Kelly serves as a graduate assistant at Western Illinois University while she pursues a master’s degree in...

Organizational Communication major

Jamie has simple advice for anyone who’s interested in organizational communication.
“Figure out what direction you want to go,” she says. “There are so many options within the field—internal or external communication, technical or creative, visual or verbal. When students have an idea of what their ideal career is, they can pursue appropriate minors, activities and internships.”

Jamie wants to work as a marketing coordinator for a Chicago-based firm. To prepare, she worked in North Central’s Office of Marketing and Communications, took on a prominent role in the College’s American Marketing Association chapter and completed and...

Organizational Communication major

Mary chose North Central College because it let her explore her many interests and talents. She focused on her organizational communication major while playing varsity softball and leading the team as captain, mentoring students as a resident assistant, studying abroad and completing an internship.

“North Central offered everything that interested me,” she says.

Among the highlights was her study abroad term in Costa Rica, where she refined her Spanish skills and gained cultural experiences. “I came back to North Central a more responsible, prepared and enthusiastic student.”

She recommends majoring in organizational communication to pursue many different career fields. “The classwork is...

Organizational Communication major

Heather came to North Central to compete on its renowned forensics team. “Being part of the forensics team, I’ve gained skills that will benefit me the rest of my life and have been able to work with some amazing people.”

One of the best experiences for Heather has been working one-on-one with professors. “They’ve all been extremely helpful with class assignments, decisions about graduate schools and pushing me to pursue academic interests outside the classroom. They help you discover which path to take in life and how to go about traveling that path.”

Heather says she’s not only gained a high quality education at North Central, but had ample opportunities to build a resumé with internships and...