Welcome, Communication & Media Students!

Welcome! Thank you for visiting the new blog for the Communication and Media Program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. This site is intended for the program’s students, faculty, and alumni, and aims to provide our community with a platform for communicating, networking, and sharing information and resources.

Please take some time to explore the site, and to check back regularly for updates. You can subscribe to the blog using the “sign up” field to the left, or by clicking on the “follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of the home page. You can also register to join our group on the CUNY Academic Commons, which automatically adds you to the mailing list.

If you have any questions—or suggestions—don’t hesitate to reach out!

— Dr. Elizabeth Alsop (Academic Director, Communication and Media)

Opportunity for Current CM Students: Work with CUNY Online

CUNY SPS is seeking a creative team of current students interested in part-time paid opportunities to help build educational video content for CUNY Online. Interested student can learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/3Cq46t4
NOTE: The application form may prompt you to log in to your CUNY Microsoft Office 365 account using your CUNYfirst credentials (e.g., First.Last00@login.cuny.edu and your CUNYfirst password). Students having trouble accessing the form or who have other questions about the position can email CUNY Online Director Minden Koopmans: minden.koopmans@cuny.edu

New! Virtual Program Office Hours

Greetings, CM Students, and welcome to the Spring 2022 term! This semester, for the first time we will be offering twice a week virtual office hours. Our program’s Assistant Director, Rokshana Ali, will be available on Zoom to answer your questions, provide academic support, or director you to student services. Please see below for the time slots and the persistent Zoom link you can use to join! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87240103165

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00pm

Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm

Spring 2022 Welcome Reception for New Students!

Incoming students to the Communication and Media Program are invited to join us for a Spring 2022 Welcome reception on Tuesday, February 15th, from 7:00-8:00pm EST. Please see the attached flyer for details, and use the link below to RSVP. Zoom link to follow closer to the event!

RSVP to Welcome Reception

Spring 2022 Welcome Reception Flyer

Career Services Fall 2021 Programs!

Please see the attached flyer for a description of the many workshops and programs being offered by Career Services this semester! You can also check out their web site to learn more about their offerings, and sign up for Career Link: https://sps.cuny.edu/student-services/career-services.

Fall 2021: 400-Level Course Descriptions

Registering for 400-level classes? Not sure which section of CM 490 and CM 499 to take, and frustrated by the minimal information provided in CUNYFirst? Look no further! Please see the attached flyers (below) for brief descriptions of the following classes, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the department with questions.

CM 490 (Section 1)— Women and Film (Prof. Casey McCormick)

CM 490 (Section 2)—Introduction to Podcasting (Prof. Courtney Garcia)

CM 499 (Section 1)—Capstone: Film Studies (Prof. Andrew Palladino)

CM 499 (Sections 2 and 3)—Capstone: Engagement Marketing (Prof. Joseph Panzarella)

CM 499: (Section 4)—Capstone: About Face (Prof. Nina Hien)

Announcing the SPS Film Club!

I’m excited to announce the official launch of the SPS Film Club, a new student group founded  dedicated to building community around a shared enjoyment and appreciation of cinema. Last night, they held their kick-off discussion of Matthieu Kassovitz’s La Haine (1995), a film selected in part to align with this month’s theme of social justice. Film discussions will take place on at 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month during the academic year, on Slack: cunyspsfilmclub.slack.com

For more information—or to vote for the next film selection!—please visit the web site: https://spsfilmclub.commons.gc.cuny.edu/. (Note: You will have to log in to the CUNY Academic Commons to place your vote.) As the club’s Faculty Advisor, I’m also happy to field any questions. Thanks to the amazing CM students who are leading the group and taking part—I’m looking forward to more great discussions to come!

— Prof. Alsop

Spring 2021 Student Hours

Please see the attached sheet for an overview of Student Hours (aka “Office Hours”) for Spring 2021 classes in Communication and Media and Liberal Studies. This information should also be available within your syllabi and/or your course sites.

I know from experience that students are sometimes reluctant to make use of these hours—don’t be! They’re time that instructors have specifically designated to connect with you: to field questions, clarify course concepts or assignments, or just chat. While you’re welcome to bring specific topics to the meeting, be assured that you don’t need to have anything “prepared” to make use of student hours. Often, it can just be a good chance to interact with your professor one-on-one, in real time—a particularly nice opportunity in these socially distanced times!

Spring 2021 Office Hours

Paid Media Relations Internships (with the Yankees!)

Interested in opportunities in the field of media relations? And/or in a career with the MLB? Please see the attached openings for Media Relations Interns for the Yankees (2 for Spring Training, 2 for the Regular Season). The job descriptions are attached, and students interested in applying should reach out to Katie Lyon (kathryn.lyon@cuny.edu). (Katie runs the Business Sector Innovation initiative at CUNY, and can direct student applications to the employer or field questions.) Note that these are paid part-time positions ($15/hour, 30 hrs/week), either based in the Bronx or in Tampa, FL.

JD – Intern Media Relations (Regular Season)

JD – Intern Media Relations (Spring Training)

Preparing for Graduate School: A Workshop Series

Greetings, CM students! Starting next month, SPS will be hosting a series of three workshops for students focused on preparing for and applying to graduate school. The events are open to all students, and you can find more information and sign-up links below:

Preparing for Graduate School – October 14


Applying for Graduate School – October 27


Application Statement Writing Workshop – Nov. 4



Paid Virtual Internship Opportunities

Greetings, Communication and Media students! And welcome (almost) to the Fall 2020 semester. I’m writing to share two virtual internship opportunities with you, both of which have upcoming deadlines. Please be in touch with me or Rokshana Ali (rokshana.ali@cuny.edu) with questions, or reach out directly to Career Services Director Shannon Gallo (shannon.gallo@cuny.edu).

1. Young Invincibles New York: Youth Advocates Program.

Deadline for applications:  Tomorrow, August 26th.  Details in the message below; apply HERE.

I’m happy to announce that YI is now accepting applications to the Fall 2020 Young Advocates Program, a paid leadership development program in policy and advocacy. Young people, ages 18-34, that are interested in learning more about higher education policy and advocacy are encouraged to apply. 
The program will run from September 11th-December 11th.  Advocates must be able to meet on Fridays from 12pm-4:30pm and will work an additional 2.5 hours each week on individual or group projects. Students will be paid $15 per hour.
To learn more and apply, click here. The application deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 26th. 
2. CUNY Cultural Corps: Internship Program

Deadline for applications: September 6th. Details in the message below; apply HERE.

If you looking for a rewarding internship that:
  • Pays $15/hour
  • Allows you the opportunity to work virtually
  • Gives you the chance to work with one of New York City’s Cultural institutions

Then Cultural Corps is the internship program for you!  Students of ALL majors can apply to gain real world experience and develop a foundation of professional skills that they can use to succeed in achieving their career aspirations.

Cultural Corps guarantees that every student accepted into the program will be placed at one of our many partnering institutions. Through our program students will enhance their knowledge, build a professional network, and apply their skills working in the diverse fields within the cultural sector.

If you’re interested in working within the cultural sector and developing your professional skills, take advantage of this great opportunity to kick start your career and APPLY NOW! The application deadline is September 6th.

If you want to learn more, read through our website for more information and eligibility. If you still have questions, email us at culturalcorps@cuny.edu

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