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Comm Lead introduces new earn-while-you-learn experience for students

Paolo Motolo, Cohort 8, on a slackline at an REI team retreat.

Paolo Mottola , Cohort 8, on a slackline at an REI team retreat.

The Communication Leadership graduate program is introducing a new cooperative experience that will provide opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in class, in positions with leading Seattle organizations. The Co-Op Experience Program will be a steady pipeline of talent to employers who seek to leverage the latest in strategic thinking around content creation, online communities, and successful engagement.

“Our graduate program is self-sustaining,” said Hanson Hosein, Director of Communication Leadership. “There is no state funding, nor state support for student tuition – so the Co-Op experience provides a much-needed source of income to some of our students, while meeting the seemingly insatiable demand of our community partners who want to employ these talented professionals.”

Jordan Slaymaker (left), Cohort 12, having fun with colleagues at a Weber Shandwick event.

Jordan Slaymaker (left), Cohort 11, having fun with colleagues at a Weber Shandwick event.

Students will bring their skills in video production, social media management, analytics, graphic design, and more to paid short-term positions at Artifact Technologies, Weber Shandwick Seattle, the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and REI. More organizations will be added in the near future.

“Not only will the program provide our students exclusive opportunities to work with our community partners, but we’re able to deepen our relationships with the Seattle business leaders,” said Ashley-Rose O’Mara, Comm Lead’s Community Manager. “It has been so well received and I only anticipate more participation as we continue in the years to come.”

Come to an information session for prospective students on Tuesday, October 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in CMU 126 to learn more about Communication Leadership and the new Co-Op program.

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