Communication Event Readies Students

Internships and the tools to forge a successful career are just some of the discussion topics scheduled for Comm Day 2013.

The fifth annual student event, sponsored by the Department of Communication, will be held Oct. 31 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Weather videographer Martin Lisius is the keynote speaker.

The event opens at 8 a.m. with a networking and internship fair in the Bluebonnet Room.

Associate Professor Andrew Clark said this year’s theme “Get Off the Bench and Go Pro!” encourages communication students to take advantage of the numerous internships available throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.

“If students are going to succeed when they graduate, it is important for them to experience more than one internship,” he said. “We have several organizations and companies that are coming to campus specifically to recruit our students for their internship programs.”

Clark said students (communication majors only) can also get professional headshots through an on-site photo booth – pictures students may immediately use for their resumes, job applications or social media profiles.

This year, each of the four panels include UT Arlington alumni working in various communication roles in the Metroplex. Clark said organizers felt it important to bring back as many former students as they could to share their experiences with current undergraduates.

“We want to let our students know, ‘Here are people who at one time were in your shoes and they went out and succeeded,’” he said.

Lisius used the skills he developed at UT Arlington to establish a 30-year career as a “stormchaser.” He has worked for several national broadcast organizations, including the National Weather Service, and produced and directed dozens of weather-related documentaries. In 1988, he and his team photographed and tracked one of the deadliest tornadoes in South Dakota history.

Clark said Lisius’ talk will show students how what they learn at UT Arlington can lead them to new frontiers.

“I’m excited about Martin’s talk,” Clark said. “He demonstrates that sometimes your career may take you off the beaten path.”

Visit http://www.uta.edu/communication/commday for more event information.

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