My internships with the Chicago Bandits and with Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago were both valuable because they showed me a glimpse of my future in the real world, and helped me realize what path I want to take in my career.

Graduating Class of 2015
Student Review:
Madison’s performance is similar to an employee’s level as she is a hard working, competent individual who understands this business.

Dan Meisler
Director of Corporate Partnerships/Marketing
Chicago Bandits

My consecutive internships at the Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway have really opened up my eyes to the sport’s industry and what I want in a career. I have gained valuable experience working with international audiences and hope to be able to use those skills in my future.

Graduating Class of 2014
Student Review:
Mariah always goes above and beyond and is willing to help with any task. [She] will be great in whatever profession she chooses.

Wade Welsh
Director of Ticketing
Chicagoland Speedway

I will say that this was a very beneficial internship at Big Brothers/Big Sisters and if a student from USF needed a for-credit internship, this would be a good choice. While I didn’t always get to do the most glamorous projects, it was a lot of fun working at the various bowling events. I had the opportunity to meet some important people in the community and to make friends with the staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Graduating Class of 2014
Student Review:
I can confidently state that Morgan has risen to the top of the list of interns that I have supervised in my 13+ year career. She will be greatly missed.

Kelly Perez
Director, Fund Development
Big Brothers/Big Sisters

We have a VP visiting the facility in two weeks, so our facility manager has asked me to have everything completed, ordered, printed and installed before the VP visit. This signage project has been an excellent opportunity for me, great exposure to our leadership team, and will serve as a strong piece to include in my portfolio.

Graduating Class of 2014
Student Review:
Dan is the strongest intern I have had – he has truly raised the bar!  Dan’s discretionary effort, creativity, professionalism and work standards are all notably high. Dan was entrusted with multiple high-level assignments over the semester and successfully achieved – and often excelled – at delivering a quality product.

Sarah Puleo
Caterpillar, Inc.

Throughout the semester I have learned a lot for my internship at Socialty.  I have always thought running a company’s social media was the same as running my personal one.  I was wrong.  It was much different.  Working on a company’s social media you have to make sure it sounds like them rather than yourself.

Graduating Class of 2014
Student Review:
Jackie is great! She is open and willing to learn new skills and job duties.

Marina Christos
Socialty Media

July 25, 2012

I just wanted to thank you.

I know I haven't graduated yet, so it's a little early, but I have spent this summer becoming the teaching disciple for the idea of "Convergence." I know you and other professors have preached this doctrine since the day I stepped through the door, but this summer has really, truly, run it home for me. Also, thank you for teaching both the programs and the principles behind them. By teaching the design dynamic, you have made me not just a one-trick horse. I am capable of so much more than just using the Adobe Suite. I am capable of adapting those same skills to whatever program Cat throws at me. And trust me, I was not expecting what I found! All of the skills I learned in InDesign I have had to apply to programs like Microsoft Publisher. I never opened adobe Premiere before I came here, but it was the program I was expected to use to video edit. I found that the dynamics were the same. I was able to open the program, and after a bit of time familiarizing myself with it, run it. Every compatibility issue I had to fight through with Mac Vs PC at school I have used to troubleshoot here. Every scrap of knowledge you, the other professors, and the amazing adjuncts you have hired has literally been tapped.

I have used special effects, animation, and video editing to create in-house ad campaigns for events and fund-raisers.
I have used web-editing and HTML to troubleshoot problems going on in the IMOD (a multinational division my plant belongs to) web systems.
I have used design and layout in the weekly newsletters we publish.
I have written so much content, I have it pouring out of my ears.
I have taught basic skills in video editing.
I will be teaching grid design, photoshop, and Adobe Premiere to communicators within the next three weeks.
And I sound intelligent and calm on conference calls because (Surprise!) radio skills actually translate to making other people listen to you.
Meanwhile, I have been competing with interns from a variety of other schools placed elsewhere within Cat. Having met them, and having seen what they are prepared to handle, I thank whatever divine providence sent me to USF. Because I have learned so much more than I thought I had.
Thank you to you and all the other professors.
Just goes to show that even when we fight you tooth and nail to learn something, it really does stick!

Sarah T.

Graduating Class of 2012

Wednesday - March 27, 2013 2:43 PM

Hi Professor Lorenc,

I just wanted to email you to thank you (and Rosner, and McHugh and Marshall) for the awesome skill sets and opportunities that you guys all taught and gave me.  It has been a long year after graduation filling out applications and doing interviews, but the stars have finally aligned for me.  I just got a position at WNYT channel 13 the NBC affiliate in Albany, NY (I have been living here for about 3 months now) as a teleprompter operator.  Plus, I am about to start as an assistant producer for a small start-up production company here with a guy who has been working in the industry for 20 years.  He has a lot of television and film experience, which I cannot wait to learn and grow from.  

I never could have gotten my foot in the door with these positions if it was not for the education and experiences I gained at the University.   The Mass Communication Department allowed me to put together a great resume which allowed for all of this to happen.   I just want to thank all of you for everything you taught and instilled into me because it all payed off.

Thanks for everything,


Graduating Class of 2012

October 31, 2011

Just giving you an update... I have been working at a small advertising firm in Grant Park, IL as an intern. The company specializes in business to business advertising within the food industries. If I do well, I'll be asked to stay. They like me so far, so fingers crossed. I absolutely love the job, and the people that I work for couldn't be nicer. I just wanted to say thanks for your educational training. Without it, I would still be waiting tables. Brian, thanks for all the harassment of checking the AP Stylebook. I keep a copy on my desk, and it helps tremendously. Also, good writing skills are so essential! Your writing tips help me on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Rosner, the digital portfolio teaser pretty much got me the job, so when your future portfolio students complain.. just let them know that it is an invaluable tool. Dr. Marshall, the abundance of projects you have made me juggle during my time at USF is really paying off, as I am able to handle my time management (finally). It's really rewarding having a job that I like, and it has finally come full circle when I get off of work and think, "Thank God I went to college!" Hope all is well in MCOM land, and I can't thank you guys enough!

Alexis W.

CMMA note: On December 19, 2011, Alexis wrote “They have decided to keep me here at Lalich Resources as a permanent employee! I am so excited, and thought I’d share the good news!”

Graduating Class of 2011

November 18, 2011

I'm writing this email from my desk at my new, full time job. This week, I started at Williams Management Resources (WMR), a boutique, association management firm in Naperville. Yesterday, I wrote a press release for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (our biggest client) and thought of you. My boss said it was "outstanding." I have you to thank for that!

My official title is Program Assistant. Basically, I'm working as the assistant to the Director of Meetings and Special Events, so I love it. The people I work with are very nice and I like Naperville. I am so excited to have gotten a job in Communication, especially one that involves planning special events.

I want to thank you for everything over the years at St. Francis. You and the other professors in the MCOM department fully prepared me for this field.

Elizabeth H.

Graduating Class of 2011

Sent Thursday - January 5, 2012 10:15 PM


Hope you have enjoyed your holiday break and are well rested.  I just wanted to send you a quick message that I have been offered and accepted a job at Primus Electronics, where I have been interning.  I am part of the Marketing Department and I help design advertisements and help maintain customer relations.  I was really ambivalent about leaving my job at the library, where I had been for almost ten years now.  The job at Primus offers a competitive salary, benefits and profit sharing, so I had to bite the bullet and put in my two weeks' notice.  I will begin full-time employment on January 16 and I am eager to try something new like this.  I will find some time to come in and chat this semester, as I miss you all very much.  I don't think that there is a day that goes by without a good memory from my Mass Comm family :)


Graduating Class of 2011


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