American Advertising Federation (AAF)
The DePaul Student Advertising Group is the official organization for students interested in advertising at DePaul University, and part of the leading national industry trade organization devoted to best practices, professionalism, and education. Our purpose is to bring together students who share a passion for great advertising and communication solutions. Our group helps prepare students for a career in advertising by facilitating an ongoing dialogue that covers the latest developments and trends in the ad industry. We do this through a mix of guest speakers and advertising industry presentations, student ad competitions, networking and career information sessions, visits to local Chicago area advertising/communication agencies, and social events.
The College of Communication promotes social and political discussion through debate. This activity develops presentation, reasoning and persuasive skills and offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of formats. Debate also deepens students' understanding of the issues which will shape the future.
DePaul Communication Organization (DCO)
Students who are interested in the field of Communication may join DCO, a student-run organization. DCO hosts a variety of activities, speaking events, and site visits throughout the year that allow students an opportunity to network with one another as well as professionals in the field. DCO is open to all DePaul students regardless of their major.
Good Day DePaul (GDD)
Good Day DePaul is a weekly television news program about DePaul that is produced by students in the College of Communication. Students do on-air reporting and anchoring for the program. They also work as producers, directors, and camera people. Good Day DePaul has won many honors from both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Television Academy.
The College offers an internship program through which majors and minors can earn academic credit and gain practical experience in a professional setting. Students may be enrolled in CMN 394, Advanced Communication Internship, and/or CMN 395, Communication Internship Special Topics (topics vary), only after meeting college-established eligibility requirements. An individual student may participate in several internship experiences. A maximum of 16 quarter hours of internship and practicum credit can be applied to degree requirements. CMN 394 may be used to fulfill the Junior Year Experiential Learning Requirement in the Liberal Studies Program and/or as a major field requirement. If a second internship is taken, CMN 395 may count as a communication elective. A maximum of two graded internships can be used toward the major field requirements. Subsequent hours of internship credit are taken through different CMN 395 special topics courses and fulfill unrestricted electives. Communication minors may have one graded internship count towards completion of the minor.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
For students interested in a career in public relations, participating in PRSSA is an essential cornerstone of your DePaul experience. The organization hosts a vibrant schedule of activities such as visits to Chicago public relations agencies and career fairs that will build your professional network and put you on the radar screens of future employers. The DePaul Chapter has won national recognition including the Teahan Award for Outstanding Regional Conference, the highest honor a PRSSA Chapter may earn. DePaul’s Regional Conferences have been sold-out events that have drawn students from campuses across the Midwest with such powerful themes such as Transforming Traditional Into Digital: The New Ways of PR; The Entertainment Industry: It’s Not Just an LA Thing; and PR: The Chicago Way.
The College manages Radio DePaul, the award winning campus radio station. Students may earn up to eight credit hours (four in the major) for radio production by enrolling with instructor’s permission in CMN 393, Communication Practicum.
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)/Online News Association (ONA)
This is a student-run organization for students interested in careers in journalism. The DePaul chapter sponsors campus speakers, career information sessions, and journalism seminars/conferences. Student members are eligible to apply for SPJ and ONA - sponsored internships and student competitions.
The DePaulia is the university’s award winning student-run paper and web site, which is integrated into the Communication curriculum. Published weekly since 1922, the newspaper covers news, sports, features, and community-related events. Editors on the newspaper are eligible for four hours of credit under JOUR 393, Journalism Practicum. Other students gain college credit by enrolling in (JOUR 390) Writing for the DePaulia.