In addition to local opportunities for internships, students may select the Washington Gateway Program and intern in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area—an educational opportunity unique to colleges in the state.



A degree from the Department of Communication can lead down many career paths. While many of our students continue on to graduate school, others enter the work force with jobs in

  • television
  • radio
  • film
  • Web development
  • public relations
  • news
  • writing
  • sales
  • marketing
  • advertising

In the course of their studies students are exposed to the same technologies that the professionals use. The combination of theory with hands-on practice makes our graduates marketable in today’s challenging economy.

Here is what a few of our graduates are doing...

Meredith Scaggs

Meredith Scaggs. "Currently I am interning at Adfero Group in Washington DC which is a public affairs firm that is focused on new media. I am also working on my Masters in Political Management at George Washington University."


SunJae Smith

SunJae Smith." I am working as a freelance videographer with my wife, Mie. We formed LightSmith Productions while I was a sophomore at Shepherd. We recently won first place at the West Virginia International Film Festival for for our second feature, 'Cashing Out.'"


Mike Theis

Mike Theis. "Since graduating I have worked for NBC25 as a production assistant and master control operator, E&E Publishing as a production assistant for E&ETV, freelance video producer covering congress, the Frederick News Post as a photo assistant and videographer, and currently for the Shepherdstown Chronicle as an editorial assistant and journalist." You can read Michael's writings on his blog, including one entry on "How to mic a senator."


Samantha Willard

Samantha Willard. "I work at Hagerstown Community College in the Continuing Education department doing various things, but the most exciting things are creating email newsletters, working on different Web sites, and making promo videos."