Communication & the Arts Career Community

Communication community

The Communication and the Arts Community is a space where you can gain information about various areas of creative, expressive, and communication focused professions. Are you a great active listener? Do you enjoy being artistic? Are you a strong writer? These interest areas and more will apply to various opportunities that you’ll learn about in this community. Examples of jobs you may learn about in this community include digital marketers, journalists, musicians, graphic designers, and many others. You’ll receive information of relevant campus information, event opportunities, internships, jobs, industry trends, and professional development resources.  

 

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Communication & the Arts Areas to Explore

Communication & Media

There are many ways to enter the fields of communication and media. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.

Visual & Digital Arts

There are many ways to enter the field of visual arts. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.

Performing Arts

There are many ways to enter the field of performing arts. Here are a few major guides with information about internship/volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas. A complete listing of major guides can be found at www.gvsu.edu/careers/careerguides.


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Communication & Arts Career Community

Michael Davis '88 Spotlight

Michael Davis '88

Playing basketball for GVSU was a wonderful experience and the lifelong friendships I made along the way are part of my greatest memories.

Karen Kekelik '15 Spotlight

Karen Kekelik '15

My favorite GV memory was the graduation toast with T.Haas.

Jahaven Haye '19 Spotlight

Jahaven Haye '19

My favorite Grand Valley moment would be when my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc- Iota Epsilon chapter, was able to do a campus and community wide water drive.

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Student Organizations and Professional Associations - Communication and the Arts

On-campus student organizations with a professional goal are an excellent way to explore your future career and get involved in your field. For more information on the organizations below use the GVSU LakerLink.

  • Ad Club
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • American Marketing Association
  • Anchored in Poetry
  • Animators Guild
  • Arab Culture Club
  • Fish Ladder
  • Grand PR
  • Grand Valley Journal of History
  • Grand Valley Television
  • GV Out of the Blue
  • GVSU Chinese Club
  • GVSU French Club
  • GVSU German Club
  • GVSU Italian Club
  • GVSU Japanese Club
  • GVSU Russian Club
  • GVSU Spanish Club
  • GVSU Winter Guard
  • In the Margins
  • National Communication Association
  • Organization for Professional Writers
  • Professional Sales Association
  • PRSSA
  • Toastmasters
  • WCKS The Whale Student Radio
  • Writer’s Club

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Career Community- Communication & the Arts

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 16, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

10-Minute Resume Reviews with Employer Partners

September 30, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by an industry professional! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from experts in your field including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate...

JC Penney Suit Up

October 2, 2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

Prepare for the Career Fair

October 5, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you preparing for the upcoming GVSU Career and Internship Fair, but not quite sure where to start? The Career Center will be hosting a drop-in event to help you refine your resume, formulate your...

Prepare for the Career Fair

October 6, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you preparing for the upcoming GVSU Career and Internship Fair, but not quite sure where to start? The Career Center will be hosting a drop-in event to help you refine your resume, formulate your...

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Meet Your Communication & the Arts Career Advisors

Lisa Knapp

Lisa Knapp

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311
Email: [email protected]

Lisa is a Career Advisor who works with students, faculty, and employers in the communications, humanities, and liberal studies programs. She also works closely with our first and second year students as they begin exploring the world of work. 

Rachel Becklin

Rachel Becklin

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Rachel is a Career Advisor and Internship Specialist, helping students and faculty with internship programming and initiatives. She also serves students in psychology, dance, theatre, and music. 


be career ready!

Regardless of what you do and where you land, employers across industries and disciplines all agree that it is important for learners to be career ready. Below are 8 key competencies that can help you get to where you want to go. For further information on these, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Readiness Competencies

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and/or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocate for inclusion, equitable practices, justice, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance one’s understanding of people from different demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
  • Keep an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identify resources and eliminate barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities, and biases.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete and evaluate projects.

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

SAMPLE BEHAVIORS

  • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity of their work.
  • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.
  • Manage technology to integrate information to support relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.
  • Quickly adapt to new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Manipulate information, construct ideas, and use technology to achieve strategic goals.



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