Graduate Fellowships in Communication

Graduate fellowships for the M.A in Communication program are highly sought-after opportunities that provide you with hands-on learning and reduced tuition costs.

Fellowship Types

The Master of Arts in Communication fellowship offers a wide range of graduate fellowship opportunities, including internal (on-campus) positions of the following types:

  • Presidential Fellowships provide 100% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 25 hours per week.
  • Provost Fellowships provide 50% of your graduate tuition and include a 9-month, unpaid fellowship placement of 15 hours per week.

Featured Fellowship Opportunities

Please note: This list does not include all of our M.A. in Communication fellowships. Apply to discover additional opportunities!

Social Media and Design Assistant Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

Merrimack’s Office of Marketing and Brand is seeking a creative thinker and experienced communicator to work as a Social Media and Design Assistant. Through this fellowship, the Social Media and Design Assistant will have hands-on learning experience collaborating with members of the social media, brand and special projects teams on a variety of initiatives, all aimed at elevating the Merrimack College brand, supporting enrollment goals and reinforcing the College’s core values and institutional priorities.

Position Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the social media team to develop content to be published across Merrimack’s social media platforms.
  • Help manage a social media content calendar to ensure there is a consistent stream of innovative and authentic content.
  • Conceptualize, create and execute multimedia social content (video, photography, etc.) to build community and increase engagement.
  • Understand the differences among the College’s social media accounts, including which audience(s) are present on each platform as well as the type and frequency of content best-suited for each.
  • Review social media posts for accuracy and clarity prior to publishing.
  • Monitor social media comments and conversations among our audience and keep key internal stakeholders informed of trends and topics of interest.
  • Familiarity with the Merrimack College brand, its institutional voice and official visual identity guidelines.
  • Support consistent brand efforts by reviewing and editing campus-created content within software such as Canva.
  • Create print and electronic design concepts for internal and external College communications within software such as Canva.
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned.

Athletics Communications Digital Media/Graphic Design Fellow (Provost)

Job Description

Merrimack College, a Division I member of the Northeast Conference (NEC) and Hockey East Association (HEA) is currently seeking candidates for the Graduate Fellowship in Digital Media. The athletics digital media graduate fellow will be expected to create and manage community engagement initiatives and coordinate programming with other department staff. He/she will work with individuals and teams within the Athletic Department, including student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty and others in the Merrimack College community to develop and improve programming that supports and increases community engagement through digital media platforms. Additionally, this position will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Department’s web-streaming services, as well as the creation of original video content/features, scheduling of Merrimack Sports Network broadcasts, and hiring, scheduling and supervising student staff.

Position Responsibilities

  • Developing creative content that enhances fan engagement and experience, brand awareness, advertising and public relations strategies – including collaborating with the ticketing and marketing departments to help push sales initiatives and the department’s social media channels.
  • Create, design, manage and strategically distribute content for the athletic department’s social media platforms, website and digital marketing outreach.
  • Assist in all aspects of the department’s web-streaming services, while also creating unique video content that drives fan engagement/interaction in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Assist in the training of student worker staff for webcast production and oversee the setup and breakdown of webcast equipment for home athletics events.

Communications and Media Fellow, Winston School of Education & Social Policy (Presidential)

Job Description

The Communications and Media Fellow is responsible for supporting school-wide communications, web updates, and student experience marketing and communications across all of our departments, and programs in the Winston School of Education & Social Policy (WSESP). The Fellow will collaborate with internal partners, providing communications and marketing support across a variety of communication channels.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide a unified view of all communication to current students across departments and place a high focus on maintaining brand consistency and integration with message, tone and voice. This includes, but is not limited to WSESP social media (Facebook), printed Admissions materials, website copy, and events.
  • Maintain school wide mailing lists.
  • Establish and build relationships with WSESP department chairs, program directors, and staff.
  • Meet with supervisor regularly to discuss and determine strategy and support.
  • Collaborate with WSESP department chairs, program directors, and staff to develop a communications strategy, plan, schedule, content and target audience.
  • Support WSESP department chairs, program directors, and staff through promotion and communication around events, workshops and other programs designed to positively impact student engagement and persistence.
  • Attend meetings across the school as needed.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills to ensure a shared understanding across departments and teams, and a desire to grow as part of a team.

Central Communications Office Communications Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

This 25-hour-a-week position within the Central Office of Communications will offer a full-time graduate-level student with a hands-on learning experience in the field of communications, as well as invite the candidate to be a key member of the communications team who receives direction and provides support directly from the Office of the President. The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to execute communications initiatives and provide daily support to the communications team. The Fellow will be working on multiple projects that tell the stories of Merrimack College and its people through avenues such as PR, social media, creative services, photo, video and website content.

Position Responsibilities

  • Create content, messaging and talking points, write and curate stories, draft web copy, design social media posts and graphics.
  • Take photos as assigned to be used for a variety of digital and print publications.
  • Develop video content to promote the brand of the College.
  • Work with the Communications team to help grow and develop the Merrimack brand and the goals of the Agenda for the Future.
  • Maintain relationships with students, faculty and staff to highlight great stories and develop a strategy around distribution such as pitching to media or distributing on the news page of the website.
  • Find ways to enhance existing communication processes and develop regular feedback channels to promote cross-communication and ensure that content is being delivered in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Communications.
  • Be an active team member taking part in meetings with Merrimack staff and faculty as needed.

Marketing Assistant Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

Merrimack’s marketing team is seeking a creative thinker and experienced communicator to help recruit the next class of future Warriors. The Marketing Assistant position will collaborate on a variety of initiatives all aimed at supporting the undergraduate admissions process and recruitment funnel concerning brand awareness, lead nurturing, event promotion, application generation, yield and matriculation. Our goal is to communicate everything Merrimack has to offer to prospective students and families actively engaging in the college search process through print, email, social, text, mail, events, web and more.

Position Responsibilities

  • Compose engaging written materials, such as emails and blog posts, by generating ideas and gathering relevant content.
  • Collaborate with social media team and assist in creating social content for institutional accounts including Instagram and TikTok.
  • Coordinate and collect student testimonials and profiles to feature across a variety of different channels and platforms.
  • Create, update and design materials for use in print and digital projects such as graphics, slides, presentations, handouts, flyers etc.
  • Conduct competitor research for various marketing campaigns and make recommendations based on findings.
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned to support the Marketing leadership team and undergraduate enrollment goals.

Athletic Communications Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

This position is made for people who are interested in pursuing a career in athletic communications. It can also help students gain experience in the world of communications if they are not interested in pursuing a role in athletics.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for game coverage for Merrimack College Athletics.
  • Social media management.
  • Writing press releases.
  • Updating the Merrimack College Athletics website.

Athletic Marketing and Ticketing Graduate Fellow (Presidential or Provost)

Job Description

The Athletic Marketing and Ticketing Graduate Fellow will manage the marketing efforts for Merrimack College athletics including but not limited to marketing and advertising plans, promotional schedules and game production including the use of video boards. The position will also manage all email marketing, including but not limited to targeted sales emails, communication to ticket holders, students and presale emails. The fellow will assist with football, ice hockey and basketball promotions, including running promotions on game days.

Position Responsibilities

Ticketing responsibilities:

  • Manage the box office during business hours and on game nights for football, men’s hockey, women’s hockey and basketball as needed.
  • Manage season ticket campaigns and renewal programs.
  • Use of online ticketing software to manage ticket orders.
  • Coordinate group sales and youth groups.
  • Recruit and hire student workers.
  • Enter student payroll hours.

Marketing responsibilities:

  • Assist with on and off-campus marketing and promotional campaigns.
  • Assist in engaging students to attend athletic events.
  • Design flyers and graphics for marketing purposes.
  • Assist with social media to help promote upcoming events.
  • Assist with community engagement opportunities for student-athletes.

Marketing and Communications Graduate Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

This position will primarily be responsible for the development of marketing and communication content on behalf of the Dean of Students Office. These tools can include, but are not limited to, newsletters, social media content, graphics, infographics, event programs and promotional materials across the division of Student Affairs.

Position Responsibilities

  • Create and develop weekly and monthly programmatic newsletters for targeted audiences on behalf of Student Affairs. This includes creating the design, inputting content, and working closely with the Communication and Marketing Department to ensure newsletters meet the College’s style guide.
  • Create and develop a Parent’s Newsletter that will be shared with families throughout the academic year.
  • Assist in generating content to be used on all social media channels within Student Affairs.
  • Assist in the creation of materials to promote engagement opportunities on campus. These materials can include and are not limited to flyers (electronic and hard copy), web content, social media and new and innovative ways to engage our students in programming.
  • Work closely with members of Student Affairs to help measure the performance of all digital marketing and assess them against division-wide goals.
  • Supervise student employees who are utilized to assist in the communication and marketing of all programming initiatives for Student Affairs.

Photography & Videography Fellow for Graduate & Professional Studies Marketing (Presidential)

Job Description

Merrimack’s graduate and professional studies marketing team is seeking a creative photographer & videographer to capture high-quality, emotive motion and still imagery to support Merrimack College’s enrollment marketing goals. This includes specific imagery and footage for projects such as: student, alumni and faculty profiles; campus and classroom shots for use in web, digital, or print marketing; important moments, meetings and events; and other projects.

Position Responsibilities

  • Shoots and edits photos and video imagery to support Merrimack’s brand and marketing goals.
  • Assists with the planning and execution of photo/video shoots and post-production processing (such as editing, correction, archival, and file storage) to showcase Merrimack’s culture, students and graduate programs.
  • Helps with the timely creation of storyboards for photoshoots and videos.
  • Scripts and edits video in a way that increases re-use and “shareability” across platforms, e.g., web, social media, and email.
  • Collaborates with the internal marketing and communications department, and key stakeholders such as program directors.
  • Stays up to date with creative and marketing trends and marketing standards, to integrate them into video and photography.

Marketing & Student Outreach Fellow for O'Brien Center for Career Development (Presidential)

Job Description

The O’Brien Center for Career Development (OCCD) serves Merrimack students across all majors and years by helping all students develop professionally and identify a career path that is exciting, rewarding, inspiring — or all of the above. All individuals within the OCCD work closely with colleagues and faculty, in conjunction with employers and students in efforts to promote the professional development of all Merrimack students.

The Marketing & Student Outreach Fellow in the O’Brien Center for Career Development (OCCD) will serve as an expert for a component of the O’Brien Center’s marketing campaign. Depending on the skills and experience. The Fellow will work closely with the leadership of the O’Brien Center to support signature program and event initiatives.

Position Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with team on how to best market and promote OCCD services to the student body functioning in various learning environments that will promote internships and first-job opportunities for our students.
  • With direction from the Assistant Director of Marketing & Student Outreach, oversee strategic component of OCCD marketing campaign based on relevant skills and needs of the team – potential focus areas include graphic design, social media management, data analytics and print or digital marketing campaigns.
  • Foster relationships with campus partners, such as Residence Life and the Office of Student Involvement to spread awareness of OCCD and assist in professional development for the larger Merrimack community.
  • Understand the offerings and resources available from OCCD to promote to students, campus staff and faculty, employer partners, and guests to support incoming traffic.
  • Collaborate with Career Connections team on potential areas for student engagement in the form of networking and panel events, career fairs, and more.
  • Support workshops and other career education opportunities as they arise throughout the year – an interest in presenting workshops is ideal.
  • Assist with managing the OCCD email and phone inboxes as needed.
  • Provide updates and suggestions to the OCCD leadership team to promote positive outcomes.
  • May have the ability to supervise student staff depending on interest and staffing.

Graduate Center Communications Fellow (Presidential)

Job Description

The Graduate Center is an all-encompassing place for holistic personal and academic support and is designed to create a culture for graduate students at Merrimack. The Graduate Center also houses a lounge where graduate students are able to relax, work, and socialize.

The graduate fellow will be primarily responsible for planning programming, and providing a balance of activities for students through Grad Center initiatives. The fellow will also be managing the graduate center communications such as the newsletter and social media accounts. The fellow will contribute to the overall success of the Graduate Center. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Thoughtfully develop, with a team, a series of events and activities for graduate students to create a full and
    diverse calendar for the academic year.
  • Create a marketing plan and social media calendar for grad center events and happenings.
  • Manage graduate center communications which include newsletters, flyers and more.
  • Interact with peers at grad center and graduate student senate events.
  • Assist with planning and execution of peer led academic workshops including (learning preferences; time
    management; growth mindset).
  • Assist in data collection processes and reporting as needed.
  • Collaborate with other offices including but not limited to: International Student Support, Campus Ministry, The
    Unity House, Wellness Education and more.
  • Serve as liaison to the Graduate Student Senate executive board.
  • Support the needs of Graduate Student Senate-approved student organizations including expense tracking,
    space booking and programming.
  • Support multicultural initiatives within the Graduate Center.
  • Update and maintain Graduate Center Social Media channels.

Communication Fellowship Process

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Click the “Apply Now” button below or go to gps.merrimack.edu/apply to begin or resume your graduate application.
  2. Within your app, select “Yes” for “Are you applying to a fellowship?”
  3. Submit your application. Be sure to complete the required Fellowship essay.
  4. Receive your admission decision. If admitted to the master’s program, you’ll receive further instructions about the fellowship process.
A screenshot from an iPhone displaying the question about fellowship interest on the graduate application.

Important Information for the 2024-2025 Communication Fellowship Program

Stay tuned for more fellowship information in early April.

First Day of Fellowship Training: August 12, 2024 

Courses Begin: Late August 2024 (Summer II, Fall)

Duration of Fellowship Placement: August 26, 2024 to late June 2025

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible for your best chance at a preferred placement. Applications will be accepted until all fellowship positions have been filled.

The process is as follows:

  1. Submit your online application. Be sure to indicate your fellowship interest within your application.
  2. Submit your initial ranking form. Students who are accepted for admission and invited to interview for a fellowship will be eligible to review and rank their preferred positions. If you are invited, your invitation will include a deadline for submitting your selections. Please note: we do not guarantee that you will be invited to interview for your top selections.
  3. Complete your site interviews. First round of interviews will take place. 
  4. Submit your post-interview rankings. After the interviews, both students and sites must complete and submit their post-interview ranking forms, ranking their preferences for final placement.
  5. Receive your match notification. Match letters will be sent to all students and supervisors.

Please note: Participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of a fellowship.

Questions? All interested students should email Cara Cahill in Graduate Admissions for further information. 

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.

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