Organizations and clubs give students the opportunity to network in a specific industry, gain experience outside of the classroom, develop leadership skills, and meet professionals who are committed to helping young people start their careers. Here are some for you to consider.
Involvement in clubs doesn’t have to stop once you graduate – most groups have professional organizations (many with local chapters). Professional organizations make the transition from being a student to working in the field a little easier and provide resources to network, participate in professional development events, and provide a community outside of the university setting. Here are some possible organizations to consider: Association of Women in Communications, Public Relations Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Native American Journalists Association, and Online News Association.