Plan for Your Career

Before your senior year, be sure to do your research. One part of a successful job search is to implement a strategy. Below is a 10-step process. Reference this 2018-19 infographic for a specific timeline.

  1. Consider applying for a Fellowship or Post-graduate Internship.
  2. Know your preferences: Where do you want to be? What qualifications do you have? What kind of company culture are you looking for.
  3. Internship: Make sure you have one or more.
  4. Cover letter: Should be one page, tailored and error-free. Use the name of the recruiter.
  5. Resume: It’s time to sell yourself. List your skills, work experience, awards, etc on one page. Tailor it for the position to which you are applying.
  6. ePortfolio: Create an online portfolio to showcase your best work to employers. Include the link on your resume.
  7. Research: Learn all you can about the organizations you are applying to.
  8. Interview: Dress well. Bring your resume. Ask questions. Take notes.
  9. Thank you: Send a thank you email within 24 hours and a thank you note within 48 hours of the interview. Briefly review your skills and touch upon something the recruiter said in the interview.
  10. Learn from your experience: If you don’t get the job, still thank the employer and ask what you can do to better your chances for the future. Consider reapplying to the organization later.

For more information, visit the Career Services website.

Create an account with the Elon Job Network to search for internship and job opportunities.

The School of Communications has provided a career resource list that is broken down by major for you to peruse that includes links to websites for jobs, professional associations and other resources.

General Job & Internship Search Tools For All Majors (updated 2018)

Cinema and Television Arts Resource List (updated 2018)

Communication Design Resource List (updated 2018)

Journalism Resource List (updated 2018)

Professional Associations

Online News Association

Society of Professional Journalists

The Radio Television Digital News Association

American Society of Media Photographers

The Association of Magazine Media 

*There are many other organizations you might consider depending on race, gender identity, background, etc., including the National Association of Black Journalists, National Federation of Press Women, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, etc. Check out this comprehensive list.

Job & Internship Tools

Professor Kenna Griffin at Oklahoma City University keeps an impressive list of media job/internships.

Journalism Jobs

Journalism Degree Career Information

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Media Analytics Resource List (updated 2018)

Sport Management Resource List (updated 2018)

Professional Associations

North American Society for Sport Management

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Comprehensive list

Job & Internship Tools

Job Search Databases for Sport and Event Management

Jobs in Sports

Sports Careers

Work in Sports

Collegiate Athletics

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Higher Education Jobs

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Junior College Athletic Association

Event & Facilities Management

International Facility Management Association

Golf

American Junior Golf Association

Health, Wellness and/or Fitness

YMCA

Parks and Recreation

North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association

National Recreation and Park Association

Sport and Entertainment Management

AEG Worldwide

Comcast Spectacor

Teamwork Online

Octagon

Sport Organizations

AJGA – American Junior Golf Association

American Hockey League

Arena Football League

Churchill Downs, Inc

East Coast Hockey League

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

Major League Baseball

Minor League Baseball

Major League Soccer

USA Baseball

Women’s National Basketball Association

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Strategic Communications Resource List (updated 2018)

Interactive Media Resource List (updated 2018)