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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Areas to explore within this community

Communication & Arts Areas

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

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

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

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Communication & Arts Career Community

Amanda Hume '19 Spotlight

Amanda Hume '19

My favorite Grand Valley memory is attending Toast with T.Haas. This experience was something I was looking forward to since my involvement with Laker Traditions my freshman year.

Brandon Erhart '13 & '20 Spotlight

Brandon Erhart '13 & '20

There are too many to count. Some of my favorite memories are of how the campus community came together. The GVSU Lip-Dub video, the "Wrecking Ball" era and the Snowpocalypse of 2011 are some of my favorites.

Bryan Tolinski '17 Spotlight

Bryan Tolinski '17

My favorite GV memory was being an RA in the same dorm that I lived in my freshman year and watching over the new class of freshmen coming in.

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Communication & Arts Career Community

1/14/22 Grants & Strategic Investments Manager for job 5863779
Ohio Department of Development
Expires: 1/18/22

1/13/22 Senior Product Owner at Norfolk Southern for job 5853129
Norfolk Southern - MARKETING
Expires: 1/23/22

1/11/22 Communications Coordinator for job 5837592
Kent Intermediate School District
Expires: 1/23/22

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Career Community- Communication & the Arts

Resume Review Day with Industry Professionals

January 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from employers including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your course...

HTM Networking Extravaganza

February 1, 2022 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Department is once again looking to host a networking event that will allow the students to connect informally with our industry partners. The...

The School of Social Work Bridges to Employment Conference

February 8, 2022 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This event will include clinical exam strategies, BSW & MSW licensure, resume tips and tricks, an employer roundtable, and more. Click here for additional information RSVP...

Career Fair Prep Event

February 14, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Nervous about attending the GVSU Virtual Career & Internship Fair? Never attended a virtual fair before? Not sure what to expect? Join GVSU Career Center staff as we go over the Handshake Virtual...

Resume Review Day with Industry Professionals

February 18, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! This is your chance to get valuable feedback from employers including tips on formatting, content, and how to translate your course...

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Meet Your Communication & Arts Career Advisors

Lisa Knapp

Meet me during my CareerLab drop-in hours on Mondays from 11am - 4pm in 200 STU!

Lisa Knapp

Office Address: 200 Student Services
Phone: (616) 331-3311

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

Meet me during my CareerLab drop-in hours on Thursdays from 11am - 4pm in 200 STU!

Rachel Becklin

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.