Community Partnerships

Communication Leadership at the University of Washington collaborates with organizations across sectors. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, small nonprofits to local government, our partners are vital to the educational experience of our students and the success of our graduate program.

We strive for mutually-beneficial partnerships: organizations benefit from the communication expertise of our community while simultaneously supporting the educational experience of students.

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

  • Communication Strategy
  • Community Engagement
  • Crisis Communication
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Audience Research
  • Storytelling
  • UX Design
  • Video Production
  • Website Content Strategy
  • Project Management

Interested in collaborating with us?

Become a partner

Ways you can partner with us:

Community Consulting

We provide communications support to mission-driven organizations, local government and small businesses in our community, at a rate and scale that meets your needs.

Participating as a client in a class

We often partner with an organization with a need that aligns with the curriculum for the quarter to benefit both the organization and our students’ experience with clients.

Hiring a student or an alum

Our community is interested in full-time and part-time positions, paid internships, and project-based work. If you’re looking to hire- let us know!

Hosting a First Friday

Get to know us a little better by hosting a monthly networking event for our students and alumni.

Student Work

Our students represent a community of professionals with diverse skill sets and interests. The variety and quality of projects they work on reflects their talent and passion for communicating.

See our most recent impact report

Questions? Contact Alex Stonehill at

About Our Consulting Services

Depending on your communication needs, we can work together in several ways:

Client Consultation

We listen, question, and offer direction for small business, university, and mission-driven organizations to help them navigate communication trends and challenges. We focus our consulting services on minority-owned businesses and community organizations that align with our values and our students’ passion for social impact.

Client Projects

We pair talented students and alumni with client organizations to complete communication-focused deliverables, from strategy, to storytelling, to social. Our students test out new skills, develop leadership capabilities, and gain valuable career experience, while serving the community through these paid and volunteer opportunities.

Class Partnerships

Applied learning is core to our curriculum. Our faculty seek clients whose needs align with their teachings, so students can take on real world challenges in each class. The projects span the length of the academic quarter (three months) and draw on the expertise of our professional communication faculty.

Public Workshops

We nurture our client, student, and alumni relationships through events and workshops that bring our program’s communication expertise to the public. Our events, held online and in-person, are opportunities for skill sharing, networking, and career development in our industry and beyond.

Fill out our consultation form to get started:

Learn more about these services on the Communication Leadership Consulting website

Rates & Fee Waivers

Our fee structure aims to balance community partners’ needs with a commitment to compensating students wherever possible:

Duration Off Campus Partners
On Campus Partners
Initial Consultation 1 hr
No Charge
No Charge
Smaller Project 3- 50 hours
$32 / hr $27 / hr
Full Quarter Project ~75 hours
$2745 $2379

Fee waivers are available, based on organizational need, values alignment, educational value of the project. Fee waiver requests are evaluated by a committee of students and staff.

Request a fee waiver

Questions? Contact Alex Stonehill at

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