SBS Together Campaign 2020
SBS Together Campaign 2020

Department Highlights

Student Spotlight

New Student Nusrah’s Perspective on Remote Learning at UMass 

Nusrah Azeez is a friendly new face in the Communication department at UMass Amherst. Living at home this semester is not what she hoped for, but she is making the most of it by really focusing on what’s important to her, which is getting good grades and meeting people. For Nusrah, remote learning so far, “ has not been as bad as I thought it was going to be… going to school would be easier because you have other people you can talk to and work on things with, but it’s been okay. I’ve had some problems but there are people I’ve reached out to and I got help.” She reaches out to the Peer Advisors, her Communication academic advisor, her peers in her classes, and professors. 

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SBS Together Campaign 2020

The UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) is raising money during this year’s #SBSTogether campaign from November 30 – December 11, 2020. These funds will help SBS students access remote learning, participate in life-changing experiences (e.g., internships), and participate in important networking activities to help them succeed in a difficult job market. To make a gift today go  to and find the Department of Communication link. Thank you so much!

Department Statement Against Racism

In response to acts of racism and related violence in the nation, the Department of Communication is denouncing acts of racial violence, anti-Blackness, and institutional racism. In a statement, the department stands with protestors worldwide fighting white supremacy and calling for the change needed to fully recognize that Black Lives Matter, and to recognize, appreciate, value, and celebrate the contributions of Black scholars, artists, and community members. Read the complete statement online

Winter 2021 Online Classes 

The Department of Communication has a wide array of online courses that you can enroll for winter 2021. Explore or learn more about these courses here
Comm 118: Intro to Interpersonal Communication and Culture 
Comm 288: Gender, Sex, and Representation
Comm 394EI: Performance and Politics of Race

Scholarships & Opportunities

Dana Farber Communication Internship 

Dana-Farber's Communications department performs many of the functions of a full-service, in-house communications agency — for which they have won numerous awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications, the Publicity Club of New England, Women in Communications, and others. They use their communications expertise to support Dana-Farber's fight against cancer by: building awareness of, and support for, the Institute's life-saving mission, providing marketing and communications services for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, enhancing communication with patients and families, and helping employees work more effectively. As a Communications intern, you have the opportunity to be part of one of the most active communications departments in our area and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. The deadline for Spring 2020 internships is November 20, 2020. Click here to apply with your cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples (or visual samples for photo and video interns).

Internship Opportunity

UMass alum and founder of Blue Sage Global Education (, Jacob Dyer Spiegel, is supervising a full-immersion, hands-on internship opportunity in his Amherst-based educational consultancy. Interns will need one or more of the following skills as prerequisites: web development in Squarespace, social media/digital marketing, e-commerce in Squarespace, web development (setting up an online store in Squarespace), and/or Adobe design for the design of a BlueSage’s next eBook. Final projects may lead to employment at BlueSage either at the end of the course or upon degree completion. If interested, send Jacob a line directly to introduce yourself and state briefly why you are interested, which specific prerequisite you have, and the number of credits you are considering:

UMass Women into Leadership

UMass Women into Leadership is currently accepting applications for their spring 2021 fellowship program. UWiL is an empowering leadership training and professional development program for undergraduate students at UMass who are interested in pursuing a career in public service. Students who participate take part in weekly classes on the topics such as imposter syndrome, public speaking, salary training, and more. Students also receive a mentor, take part in an annual two day workshop, go on field trips to meet with elected officials and leaders in public service, and have access to scholarship funding for unpaid or low-paid internships. UWiL also has a robust network of alumni and supporters who the fellows get access to connecting with and learning from! More information can also be found on their website

Reach out for Help

This semester, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) has various offerings from therapy/support groups to free skills workshops. All groups and workshops will be via Zoom and open to all UMass undergraduate and graduate students, unless otherwise specified on the CCPH website. See the CCPH website to register for all clinical programming and this flyer for more information on the services.

Scholarship Opportunities

Academic Works is available for all students and it automatically matches you with scholarships and financial awards for which you are already eligible and opportunities for which you may apply. These include scholarships and financial awards offered through the Financial Aid Office as well as every college and your major(s) department.

Apply to scholarships »

Jobs & Internships


Marketing and Communications Project Manager at Center for Responsive Schools, Inc. (Turner Falls, MA)
Public Relations and Communications Associate at Group Gordon (New York, NY)
Entry Level Public Relations Associate at McNeil Gray & Rice Strategic Communications (Boston, MA)
Digital Specialist at The Hain Celestial Group (New Hyde Park, NY)
Digital Fundraising Manager at The Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY)
Marketing Associate at Hachette Book Group, USA (New York, NY)


Communication Internship Experience Database Questionnaire: The Department of Communication, alongside our peer advisors, is compiling an internship experience database. The purpose of this database is to be an internal, and possibly external, resource for future networking events, alumni panels, and guidance for our current and prospective Communication students as to what their potential career path may look like. If you are interested in contributing to the database, please fill out the information on this form. If you would like to submit multiple internship experiences, please feel free to do so. If you have any questions, please email
Social Media Intern at Boston Strategy Group
Storytelling & Communications Intern at The Neighborhood Developers, Inc.
Spring 2021 Communications Intern at Physicians for Human Rights 
Graphic Design Intern at Massachusetts Pirates 
Marketing Intern at Centerforce
Find more jobs and internships

Online Events

Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Student Support Group

Thurs Dec 3, 5:30-6:30pm - Virtual

Free and open to all UMass and Five College students who identify as trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming or questioning. Co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center. New members should register by leaving a voicemail at CCPH (413-545-2337) with your preferred name and pronouns and a call back number. You will be contacted to schedule a 30 minute group screening prior to the start of the group. 

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series 2020

Mon Dec 7, 12:00-1:30pm - Online

How can we best understand and respond to environmental emergency-related contamination events such as hurricanes in Texas and North Carolina, large-scale chemical fires and flooding?  The complexities of hazardous chemical exposures, potential adverse health impacts, and the need to rapidly and comprehensively evaluate complex mixtures call for novel approaches. This presentation will describe the efforts of the Superfund Research Center at Texas A&M University that is developing exposure and hazard assessment tools that can be used by the first responders, impacted communities, and government agencies. Click here to register.

Protecting Yourself Online During the Pandemic
Mon Nov 30, 7-8:00pm - Virtual

An insidious side effect of the worldwide pandemic, tracked by international law enforcement agency Interpol, is the dramatic increase in scams, identity theft, and cybersecurity threats. With more people working from home or connecting with family and friends online, instances of cyberattacks against unwary victims is on the rise. Join us on National Computer Security Day for a deeper understanding of online threats and how to protect yourself! Click here to register.

Climate Incident Reporting Form

UMass Amherst community members are encouraged to use the Climate Incident Reporting Form on the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) website as a way to report incidents of harassment, bullying, racism and any other harmful actions experienced or witnessed within the campus community. This form provides students, staff and faculty with a safe way to report incidents that have caused harm to themselves, to others, or to the larger community. 

More information »

Find other interesting virtual events online at UMass Calendar of Events.

This Week from the

Peer Advisor's Blog

Reflecting on Fall Semester 2020

We’re nearing the end of Fall 2020! Be proud of yourselves and push through these last few days.


Fidelity Investments Webinar: Careers for 2020/2021 Graduates - All Degrees Welcomed!

Wed Dec 9, 11-12:00pm
Are you a recent or soon to be college graduate looking for the perfect opportunity to start your career? Do you enjoy helping others? Would your friends and family describe you as friendly and inventive? If so, you should attend this webinar to learn more about working at Fidelity Investment as a Financial Services Associate, Customer Relationship Advocate (CRA) or a Workplace Planning Associate (WPA).    Join us to learn from our team about what it's like to work at Fidelity, our benefits, training and development, and next steps to apply

For more information and to register click here

We wish you a successful end to the fall semester and a peaceful winter break!

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