Communications is a broad field focusing on the creation and consumption of information to educate and influence others. Princeton alumni working in communications pursue journalism and writing, public relations, marketing and related roles. 

This field requires strong research, writing and verbal skills, and prizes quick-thinking, creativity and keeping up with how new technologies are changing the ways people interact. 

All industries have a need for communications. Some organizations have their own communications divisions and others rely on agencies and firms to deliver these services. You can find roles in either. Typically, agencies are faster-paced and you'll be working with multiple clients. 

Freelancing, contract work and self-employment are also a common in this field after gaining experience and building a network. 

You can do additional research on this field in the Firsthand Guide to Communications Jobs

Gaining experience

In addition to taking any related courses, students should start getting hands-on experience in communications that will help them build a portfolio of work. This can include internships, summer jobs, communications work for student groups and co-curricular activities.

The earlier you start to build a personal brand and can demonstrate experience, the better positioned you will be to search for internships and jobs. Connecting with alumni and other professionals is an important part of better understanding the field and developing contacts. 

Hiring process and timeline

Hiring for this field spans the year. Some firms or publications may post internships or opportunities for soon-to-be graduates in late fall, but the majority of hiring happens as positions become available. A good first step to being prepared is to identify organizations that interest you and begin creating a portfolio of your written work you can share along with your applications or during interviews.

Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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