SJMC Monday Memo

New Facebook group for career connections

We’ve created a new Facebook group (Drake SJMC Careers and Internship Group) to provide a space for career networking. This group is for Drake SJMC students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and employers to discuss all matters relative to careers, jobs, internships and professional development. Please join in if you have, or are seeking, advice, trends, tips and positions to share, as well as networking opportunities.

Since our current environment is challenging us to do more online and open up more channels of communication, we hope this can be a place to connect and learn from each other!

Summer internships

If students have secured a summer job or internship, or are in the process of applying and interviewing for summer internships, they should be proactive in reaching out to the employer now and discussing any plans or changes for summer. Students who would like help or advice in navigating these conversations, please contact SJMC Internship Coordinator Carlyn Crowe (

Life hacks and lifelines

Counseling Center: The Drake Counseling Center has published advice about coping during this stressful time and information about remote group meetings.
Tips on video conferencing: Digital strategist Greg Swan, JO’03, has tips and best practices for spending your day “on camera” doing remote meetings and classes.
Civic engagement during the pandemic: NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, about civic engagement during a time of social distancing.
Communication from the University: Official messages, including information about credit/no credit grading options and registration for fall classes, are archived at

Celebrating our seniors

Drake’s spring commencement ceremony has been canceled, but we want to recognize our amazing seniors as they finish out their SJMC careers. We will be profiling our Drake SJMC seniors on our @drakejmc Instagram account throughout the rest of the semester. Please send the following information along with an Insta-worthy photo to
Favorite Drake memory:
One tip for Drake freshmen:

Plans after graduation (if you know yet):

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication strives to create a community of scholars that represents the complexity of the human experience in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, political views, gender identification, religion, age and physical abilities. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors, and celebrating our differences through the lens of the First Amendment value of freedom of expression.