Fall '21 Enrollment and Q&A with UMass Comm Alum
Fall '21 Enrollment and Q&A with UMass Comm Alum

Department Highlights

Q&A with Amir Moini '21, Employer Branding Lead, Netflix and UMass Communication Alum

Thu April 15, 4pm - Zoom

Join us on Thu April 15 from 1-2pm EST for this Industry Speaker online event. Go behind the scenes at Netflix and hear about what it’s like to work for the innovative streaming giant. There will also be talk about the impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry. Join via Zoom.

Attention 2021 Comm Graduating Seniors!

The Department of Communication would like to honor its 2021 graduating seniors at the end of the semester. In order to do so, we'll need your photos and just a little info. Please help us by filling out this Google Form. Thank you! 

SBS Four @ Four

Join Associate Professor Jonathan Ong, Wed April 14 at 4pm for the SBS Four @ Four. We'll hear from Ong and three other SBS faculty who will present their research within just four minutes. RSVP here.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet UMass Communication Department Librarian – Jeremy Smith!

Jeremy Smith is the liaison for Communication students at the W.E.B. Du Bois library. Jeremy has some advice especially for Communication majors.  

Comm Student of the Week

Meet Senior Comm Major Melanie Litchfield

City/State While Attending School: Amherst, MA
Outside of School I like to: Exercise 
When I graduate I hope to: Be successful in whatever field I am in.
Why I'm studying communication: I truly enjoy interpersonal communication and the Communication Department at UMass is great! 
To be featured as an upcoming student of the week, please answer the questions in this Google form and upload a photo so other Comm undergrads can get to know you.

Save the Date

Comm Student Showcase Coming Soon

Please mark you calendars for Wed April 28 at 5pm to celebrate Communication students' many forms of achievement and expression. Please remember to check the Comm Connection for the Zoom link.

Advising Notes

Juniors are Registering Now!

Remember to check your SPIRE homepage to see when your enrollment date/time is; up 'til that date, you can put courses in your shopping cart and then hit "'enroll' as soon as your appointment opens. 

When reviewing the Spire course guides, make sure to review the restrictions, if any. If you do not fit the course requirements, you may not be able to enroll on your own and/or may need instructor permission to enroll. The Comm courses & descriptions for Fall '21 are available on our website. 

Appointments with advisors are filling up fast! Please make sure to schedule your pre-reg appointment as soon as possible. As always, we recommend dropping in to see a Peer Advisor first - they will be able to answer most, if not all, of your questions. Your Comm advisor's contact information is listed on your Spire homepage and to make an appointment, you can go to umass.campus.eab.com.
Juniors (57 – 86 credits) April 12 - 13 
Sophomores (27 – 56 credits) April 22 - 23 
Freshmen (26 credits and below) April 28

And don't forget! The fall semester begins on Sept 1 and add/drop will now be 7 calendar days/one week of classes.

Peer Advisor Hours

The Peer Advisors are continuing to hold drop in office hours, Monday through Thursday via Zoom:
Mondays, 9am-1pm
Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm
Wednesdays, 11am-3pm
Thursdays, 9-11am
They also answer emails during these hours at askcomm@comm.umass.edu. Please drop in or email during these open hours for any course related questions!

Do you Need Scholarships?

Now is the time to build your scholarship portfolio! There is money available for study abroad, academics and internships, all of which cut across your multiple years as a student. All scholarships are accessed through Academic Works and once you build your profile, it is easy to adapt it for particular opportunities. If you have any questions, you can watch this introductory video and most questions about the profile building are addressed in this Question Prep Sheet. If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please email Director of Student Success Adrian Grace.
Check out their calendar of events for dates, times, and info session registration. Sessions are held via Zoom and led by ONSA advisors. You’re bound to discover a scholarship that aligns with your studies and career goals as you learn about scholarships’ eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and keys to successful application-writing, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


Summer Work-Study

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences has an opportunity for a communications assistant to work on campus remote to help create content for the department's website and develop the its social media presence. Additional tasks include, but are not limited to: assisting with alumni outreach, updating bulletin boards and collecting photographs, and other special projects. More details about the position and how to apply available at the UMass student job board.

Race, Communities, and Social Justice in Ecuador

Help is Available

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.

Jobs & Internships

Note - You'll need to be logged into Handshake for most of the links below to work.


Visual Design Intern at Breaktime Media 
Social Media & Digital Content Intern at SBS Office of Career and Professional Development
Public Relations Intern at CED Foundation
Communications Intern at Day One NY
Marketing Intern at North Shore InnoVentures


Marketing Coordinator at MealPal (New York, NY)
Public Relations Associate at McNeil Gray & Rice Strategic Communications (Boston, MA)
Content Media Specialist at Dedham Country Day School (Dedham, MA)
Communications Specialist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Marketing & Design Engineer at Delsys, Inc (Natick, MA)
Find more jobs and internships

Online Events

Forum Libraries Workshop Series: Infographics Fundamentals with Canva

Tue April 13, 10-11:30am - Online

Looking for a visually compelling way to share that information? Jazz up those survey results? Get your point across? Well, look no further! In this workshop, you will learn to hone your point-making and data storytelling skills through creating your very own infographic using Canva. Come with an idea you're looking to share, and we'll teach you how to turn it into a visually compelling graphic using the fundamentals of storytelling, basic graphic design principles and pre-made templates (woo hoo)! Register here.

Stress GPS

Fri April 16, 3-4:00pm - Online

Innovative skills-based free 3 part workshop open to all UMASS students, focused on learning practical tools for coping with stress and anxiety. Increase your sense of emotional wellbeing, practice strategies to calm your mind and body, increase your mindfulness, and learn to better manage emotional distress and feeling overwhelmed. Sessions are offered via Zoom, register on the website by 2:30pm the day of the group

Exploring National Scholarships Info Session

Wed April 14, 2-3:00pm 

Looking for a national scholarship opportunity but don’t know where to begin? Attend this info session covering a variety of domestic and international scholarships for undergrads, grad school, or studies and research abroad, led by ONSA advisor Mujtaba Hedayet. Registration is required. Sign up here. A zoom invite will be emailed to registrants the morning of your info session.

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

This Week from the Peer Advisor's Blog

Let’s finally go outside…

With the weather getting better, we are all itching to be outdoors. Here are some fun ways to safely be outside during this second “pandemic spring”!

Just in Time Career Fair

Thu April 15, 11am-3pm
The SBS Career & Professional Development team is excited to host our Just In Time Career Fair, virtually! We encourage you to download the Career Fair Plus app today, so you may become familiar with the platform. For graduating seniors who do not yet have a job after graduation, meet employers still seeking to hire UMass students for full-time positions. Employers want to hire people who think critically, know how to solve problems, and are strong communicators--everything SBS has prepared you for! Business casual is recommended. 

Do you have news to share with the Comm community? 

Please send it to askcomm@comm.umass.edu for a future newsletter.
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