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Looking for an entry level job or internship in communications? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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You might have caught Volkswagen’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial. It featured a young boy imitating Darth Vader, which won the heart of America and went viral. This year Volkswagen built on the success of that ad and kept its communications consistent by staying with the Star Wars theme. However, they did introduce a new protagonist: a dog. Volkswagen is clearly executing a communications strategy designed to promote their products. The person behind this is a Communications Specialist.

Communications Careers

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Communications Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Communications Specialist Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Communications Specialist
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Communications Specialist
  4. Best Locations for Communications Specialists
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Communications Specialist
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Communications
  7. Communications Resources
  8. Careers Related to Communications
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Communications

What a Communications Specialist Does

A Communications Specialist develops communications programs that effectively describe and promote an organization and its products. To do this they research and create content for publication of products. This content might be graphics, brochures, company or product fact sheets, logos, media kits, or other promotional products. The job can also involve preparing presentations or speeches as well as communicating across teams to ensure the program’s success.

A Typical Day for a Communications Specialist

A typical day for Marketing Communications Specialist can vary a lot but may involve any of these tasks:

Salary and Career Progression for a Communications Specialist

On average a Communications Specialist makes $62,000 per year. From there you could go on to become a Corporate Communications Specialist ($65,000) or a Marketing Manager ($86,000 per year on average).

Best Locations for Communications Specialists

Here are some hot spots for communications specialists:

Pros and Cons of Being a Communications Specialist

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What You Need to Know for a Career in Communications

You’ll need a college degree in the marketing or PR field, as well as some experience. Beyond that, you will need to know the principle behind Integrated Marketing Communications–the same “look and feel” that strengthens the marketing effectiveness of a company’s products and services. The skills that you need in order to succeed in this field are persuasive writing skills, great communication skills, graphics design and layout, commercial arts, and photography.

Communications Resources

If a career in communications sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Careers Related to Communications


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HDMZ - HDMZ is a Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA based healthcare and life science marketing agency that was founded in 1936.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation - LISC is an NYC based non-profit that connects "local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life.”

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Room to Grow - Room to Grow is a New York, NY based non-profit that aims “to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.”

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Emmi Solutions - Emmi Solutions is a Chicago based healthcare communications company that has developed “interactive solutions to achieve meaningful business and clinical outcomes.”

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Amazon Watch - Amazon Watch is a San Francisco based non-profit that "campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.”

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Global Financial Integrity - Global Financial Integrity is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit that is focused on "curtailing the cross-border flow of illegal money.”

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Digital Promise - Digital Promise is a Washington, DC based organization that “supports comprehensive research and development to benefit lifelong learners."

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Kellen Company - Kellen Company is a "professional services company serving associations, companies and foundations” with offices in Atlanta, New York, Denver, Chicago, and D.C.

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Tri-State Transportation Campaign - The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a New York, NY based “non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in NY, NJ, and CT.”

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The National Center on Time & Learning - The National Center on Time & Learning is a Boston, MA non-profit that “is dedicated to expanding learning time to improve student achievement."

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Brandwatch - Brandwatch is a New York, NY based company that is “all about monitoring what people say about your brand, products, competitors, industry or any related topics.”

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