Communication Leadership Partner Program

The Communication Leadership graduate program (Comm Lead) is a connected learning community, fearlessly tackling challenges with creative stories that spark change.

A key component to the success of our program is our collaborative approach with partner organizations.  Our partners make project-based learning models possible: from hosting networking events and guest-speaking in classes, to sponsoring internships and supporting workshops and events. We collaborate with community partners to tell their story and give our students the opportunity to utilize new skills within and beyond the classroom. Students are matched with opportunities from partner organizations that allow them to execute their organizational storytelling skills by taking on real-world projects. This project-based learning model achieves four goals: (1) provides our students with the most well-rounded education; (2) encourages peer-to-peer learning opportunities in a collaborative, team environment, (3) gives partners direct access to talented individuals looking for career opportunities, and (4) delivers a superb service to our partner organizations.

Our community is comprised of communications professionals with a variety of expertise, including:

  • Communication Strategy
  • Community Building/Organizing
  • Content Strategy
  • Crisis Communication Planning
  • Data/Analytics
  • Engagement Strategy – SEO, Social
  • Forecasting/Ethnography
  • Graphic Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Social Media Implementation
  • Story Creation/Concept
  • UX/UI Design
  • Video Editing
  • Video Production
  • Website Design
  • Writing

There are a number of ways you can engage with us as a partner:

Participate as a client in a class

Organizations partner with a student or group of students over the course of the academic quarter on a defined strategic communication need. Specific deliverables vary depending on the class.

Hire students to tackle a problem or complete a project

Do you have a communication project that needs support? Submit your project proposal and have a student take it on. From promotional videos to content strategy proposals to engagement strategies and beyond.

Host a First Friday

A broad-based networking event open to the entire Comm Lead community and usually attracting 30-50 attendees. Partner organizations host us in their space, showcase their current work, and promote opportunities within the organization.

Guest speak in a class, at a salon, or on our FourPeaks TV show

A leader from your organization engages in dialogue with program Director Hanson Hosein and/or delivers a guest lecture at a Comm Lead class or at an event.

Host a student as an intern

Hire a student for a period of time to work as a member of your team. Think of Comm Lead as your go-to source for excellent interns.

Invite a Comm Lead faculty member to speak at your organization’s all-hands meeting, provide a guest lecture, or conduct a training.

Our faculty and alumni are on the front lines of the latest communication technologies, practices, and trends. We have the ability to tailor our curriculum to your organization’s needs and engage in a mutually beneficial conversation.


Organizations and Communications Professionals

Interested in collaborating with us? Learn more, and tell us how you’d like to partner.

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Questions? Contact Molly Schachter at mschach@uw.edu

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