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Undergraduate Organizations & Activities

The Classroom-Outside-the-Classroom

In addition to the formal internship experiences available to you through our departmental Internship Office, you can gain valuable communication experience through campus organizations and activities, especially those directly associated with the field of communication. Portfolio pieces are generated by your involvement in official internships, as well as student organizations and activities, volunteer professional experiences, and classroom campaigns.

Get Involved!

Here are some of the ways to experience the classroom-outside-the-classroom.

Undergraduate Research and Development

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is home to a communication R & D firm dedicated to for-profit and nonprofit client-centered communication work in integrated marketing, corporate, and intercultural communication. Interested majors are invited to participate in this firm beginning their freshman year. It can be engaged as a volunteer opportunity or as a for-credit course experience.

AAF (American Advertising Federation) Student Chapter

The "ad club" is a volunteer, student-led organization that researches and develops a fully integrated marketing communication campaign involving advertising, public relations, and the breadth of the marketing communication field for a nationally selected client. Completed IMC campaigns are submitted for competitive review and presentation in the national student competition.

PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Chapter

PRSSA is a volunteer, student-led organization that researches and develops a public relations campaign for a national client. Completed PR campaigns are submitted for competitive review nationally.

City Dialogues

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies connects communication majors to the Pittsburgh's cultural and civic heritage through specialty events throughout the year. All majors are invited to participate in these learning excursions. Representative City Dialogue host sites include the Heinz Regional History Center, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chatham Baroque.

Marketplace Colloquia

Every semester the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies hosts dynamic and informative sessions specific to our majors. These colloquia showcase successful program graduates who share professional advice and insights for entering today's marketplace. Colloquia are open to all majors.

Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), National Communication Honor Society

In their junior year, majors with a specific GPA are invited to join the national communication honor society. LPE members participate in service activities, invitation-only events, and special marketplace opportunities..