Internships and Careers

As a communication major at Lake Forest College, you’ll have access to one-on-one career support throughout and after graduation. A wealth of career options opens up with a degree in communication. We’ll help you pick the path that’s best for you.

Join our communication graduates in success

100% of the class of 2021 reported landing a job within six months of graduation.

100% employed
a student interning at WGN studios

One Major, Multiple Paths

A degree in communication can open up a variety of opportunities. Here's a sample of job titles our newest graduates have held in the last five years:

  • Graphic Designer and Illustrator 
  • Digital Marketing Specialist 
  • Video Producer 
  • Development and Events Coordinator 
  • Private Equity Analyst  
  • Proofreader 
  • Media Buyer and Planner 
  • Project Manager 
  • Nonprofit Community Liaison 
  • Law Clerk 
  • Technical Writer/Copywriter 
  • Account Manager/Sales 

Where our graduates land

Our students have completed an internship or landed a job with high-profile organizations in and beyond Chicago.

Our most recent graduates have interned at or joined the ranks of these companies in the last five years:

  • Abbott Laboratories 
  • American Red Cross 
  • Chicago Sky WNBA 
  • Chicago White Sox 
  • CDW 
  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement 
  • Horizon Therapeutics 
  • Reynolds Consumer Products 
  • Starcom 
  • Shedd Aquarium 
  • Teach for America 
  • Uline 

Advancing their studies

Communication graduates have also furthered their studies through graduate programs across the country. We set our students up for success so they can enroll in diverse programs such as this sample of degrees pursued by recent graduates: 

  • Master of Social Work (University of Illinois at Chicago, Boston University) 
  • MS, MA, and PhD in Communication, Marketing (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins University, Emerson College) 
  • MFA in Visual Communication Design (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 
  • MBA (Loyola University Chicago) 
  • Master of Public Policy (Vanderbilt University)  
  • MS in Journalism (Syracuse University) 
  • Master of Sports Management (Georgetown University)  
  • Juris Doctor (University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Northern Kentucky University’s College of Law) 
The Liberal Arts Advantage

A Lake Forest College education is built for the future. All students are equipped with the most sought-after professional skills: writing, speaking, critical thinking, and an understanding of human society and cultures. Our interdisciplinary curriculum sets our graduates apart as competitive and uniquely qualified candidates who are eager to take on the challenges presented in today's professional world. Learn more about how our students turn their passions into a career on our Success Stories and Outcomes page.

Gwen Baker '22
Lake Forest College prepared me to be confident in approaching new projects independently and taught me skills for finding solutions and thinking outside the box, which has helped me to succeed in my professional experiences.
Gwen Baker '22, Public Relations Coordinator at the Shedd Aquarium

Gwen's journey isn't the only way to make it at Lake Forest College. Our career pathways offer a multitude of different ways to take advantage of the education here as well as the opportunities after graduation. 

Our communication graduates...

Analyze social systems

of historical and contemporary communication

Apply key theories of communication

to multiple professional contexts

Identify and respond to problems

with logical analysis and mindfulness of context

Actively challenge existing systems,

structures, and policies of racism and inequality

Networking and Career Preparation

Our students have opportunities to engage with professionals working in various fields of interest and build meaningful connections before graduation. 

Lake Forest College students don't only get a fantastic education, but also hone applicable skills that employers are seeking in candidates. 

Our career counselors ensure that our students are well prepared for whatever path they choose. 

At Lake Forest College, you will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from a multitude of fields. 

Like what you see? 

Arrange a campus visit to see what Lake Forest has to offer in person. You'll be able to talk with professors, students, and get a taste for what Lake Forest has to offer your career. 

Contact the Gorter Family Career Center

Pathway Leader

Danielle Kelly
Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway Leader

General Contact

Gorter Family Career Advancement Center
256 Brown Hall, Middle Campus

Career Pathways

Communication majors most often find a home in the Creative Arts and Communication Career Pathway, but they can also find a home in any Career Pathway.