The Communication and the Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA) invites all current graduate students within the College of Communication and the Arts’ Museum Professions, Public Relations, and Strategic Communication programs to attend a Professional Development Workshop on Thursday, March 22, from 4–5 p.m., in Arts and Sciences Hall Rm. 208A. Registration is recommended via the association’s email invitation link or by emailing CAGSA@shu.edu. Light refreshments will be served.
The workshop will feature a discussion led by Gina Hernandez, assistant director of the Career Center, who works with the College’s graduate students and alumni. Hernandez will discuss resume and cover letter writing best practices and will introduce the Center’s new digital platform for mock interviews. A photographer will also be on hand to take professional headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles. Business casual attire is recommended for headshots.
Erin Benz, a CAGSA Social Co-Steward and Museum Professions student, helped plan the event with fellow Social Co-Steward Nichols Lambing. “With Commencement and summer internship applications just around the corner, the CAGSA wanted to put forth programming to help graduate students during this important time,” Benz said. “The focus of the event will be on how to craft resume and cover letters with an emphasis on job positions related to the College’s graduate programs.”
The Professional Development Workshop is the CAGSA’s latest initiative. It hosted a welcome luncheon for Spring 2018 incoming students in January and an interactive discussion for prospective students at Graduate Open House in February. Looking ahead, the association plans to implement a range of programming and initiatives throughout the Spring 2018 semester including a mentoring program for dual-degree students and an end-of-year barbeque.
Formed in Fall 2017, the CAGSA works to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in the communication- and arts-related disciplines. To that end, the CAGSA serves all Communication and the Arts graduate students with three essential foci: social, academic, and networking.
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.