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Graduate Fellowships in Communication

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

Communication Fellowship Process

Now Accepting Rolling Applications

Applications for 2022-2023 fellowships will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

The fellowship selection/appointment process for the Master of Arts in Communication program is as follows:

  1. Students apply for these fellowships by submitting a fellowship essay as part of the graduate program application process. The priority deadline for submission is February 15, 2022, followed by a rolling deadline.

  2. You will be notified of your status in the process by March 1, 2022.
  3. You will then receive a list of all available fellowships in the program and rank-order your fellowship preferences. These rankings will be used to assign student fellowship interviews.
  4. You will participate in virtual or in-person interviews (at the discretion of the fellowship site) on or around March 15, 2022.
  5. Fellowship placement will happen no later than April 1, 2022.
  6. You will have until April 15, 2022, to accept or decline your fellowship.

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

Questions? All interested students should email graduate admission or email Dr. Andrew Tollison, graduate program director, Master of Arts in Communication program. 

Fellowship Job Opportunities

Please note: The following position descriptions represent a sample of all that will be available for our programs. Please check back for additional opportunities, which will be added in early 2022.

Communications Fellow: Marketing Department

Communications Fellow - Marketing Department

Job Description

Merrimack’s marketing team is seeking a creative thinker and experienced communicator to work with our undergraduate and graduate and professional studies marketing teams as a Marketing Assistant. The Marketing Assistant will work on a variety of initiatives all aimed at supporting the recruiting funnel from generating inquiries, to nurturing inquiries and applicants.

Position Responsibilities

  • Generate ideas, gather information, and compose engaging written content for use in print and digital materials and channels
  • Review content for accuracy, errors and clarity in brand messaging
  • Assist with the creation of videos to showcase Merrimack’s culture, students and programs
  • Coordinate and gather student testimonials to feature across a variety of different channels and efforts
  • Analyze campaign performance and trends
  • Conduct competitive research and make recommendations based on findings
  • Contribute to creating and editing content for the Merrimack website and other digital properties
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively both within and outside of the marketing team
  • Flexible, highly organized and able to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience using a content management system, graphic design software or video editing software a plus, but not required

Communications Fellow: Office of Development and Alumni Relations - Social Media and Graphic Design Intern

Communications Fellow - Social Media and Graphic Design Intern

Job Description

As a social media and graphic design intern, you will develop original content and suggest creative ways to attract more viewers and promote the work of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. You will also be responsible for assisting with creating e-marketing and donor content, print graphics and website updates.

Position Responsibilities

  • Help oversee social media accounts including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Create high quality illustrations, marketing materials and print graphics.
  • Assist with creating engaging text, visual, and photo/video content for e-mail marketing, social media accounts and donor proposal, including organizing cross-platform content strategies.
  • Assist with website design, updates, and maintenance.
  • Collect sound bites, quick interviews, photos, and videos from students to utilize on social media platforms.
  • Design posts to sustain readers’ curiosity and create buzz around our various programs and projects.
  • Suggest new ways to increase awareness of the organization and attract prospective donors, collaborators, etc.
  • Research audience preferences and discover current trends ensuring maximum effectiveness.
  • Develop an optimal posting schedule, considering web traffic and customer engagement metrics.

Qualifications

  • Expertise in multiple social media platforms, particularly Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Platform including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Ability to deliver engaging creative content (text, image and video).
  • Familiarity with online marketing strategies and marketing channels.
  • Ability to grasp future trends in digital technologies and act proactively.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Multitasking and analytical skills.

Strongly Preferred

  • Currently being enrolled in majors such as Communications, Marketing, and other related programs or other relevant programs.
  • Knowledge of SEO, keyword research, and Google Analytics would be a plus, but a willingness to learn these elements is also appreciated.
  • Knowledge of advance, development and/or alumni relations trends.

Time Commitment

  • Average of 25 hours/week
  • Minimum of 1 weekly meeting (via Skype, Zoom, or some other digital communication platform) with your direct supervisor.
  • Attendance is heavily preferred at weekly staff meetings; we will work with you to ensure that you may attend.
  • Flexible schedule – we are happy to work with you!

Communications Fellow: Office of the Provost

Communications Fellow - Office of the Provost

Job Description

This 25-hour per week position within the Office of the Provost will offer a full-time graduate-level student with hands-on learning experience in communication and marketing, as well as act as a key member of the Office of the Provost team. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to execute communications initiatives and provide daily support to the Provost team. This position reports to the Director, Office of the Provost.

Position Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate campaigns across traditional and digital media, including print, website,
    email, video, social media etc.
  2. Create content, messaging and talking points, write and curate stories, draft web copy,
    design social media graphics, take photos as assigned.
  3. Support the internal communications function in order to help distribute necessary internal communications. Help write, edit, review and ensure consistency of messaging across all internal platforms including newsletters, emails, website, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. In accordance with the central Office of Communications, maintain all communication best practices, brand guidelines, and objectives of Merrimack College’s communication efforts.
  6. Maintaining regular communication with the schools, the Academic Success Center, and Student Life.
  7. Other duties as assigned by the Office of the Provost team.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong professionalism, discretion, communication skills, technological savvy, and an ability to manage multiple tasks with competing priorities. The ideal candidate is flexible in nature and a mature professional who is a quick learner, demonstrates strong personal initiative, attention to detail, and task follow-through. They should be a team player who is not afraid to try new things and recommend new alternatives to existing processes. Candidates should also:

  1. Be highly organized with good time-management skills.
  2. Be able to multitask and handle a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  3. Possess excellent research, writing, communications, and analytical skills.
  4. Possess intermediate experience working with both the Microsoft Office suite and Google suite products.
  5. Possess knowledge and experience working with publishing and graphic design software (for example, Adobe Creative Suite, and Canva).
  6. Understand the need to and seek necessary approvals for all communication.
  7. Maintain consideration for confidential information. 8. Possess strong professionalism, interpersonal skills, and telephone experience.
  8. Possess strong professionalism, interpersonal skills, and telephone experience.

Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited, 4-year college or university.

Communications Fellow: School of Health Sciences

Communications Fellow - School of Health Sciences

Job Description

The Communications Fellow will support the School of Health Sciences in promoting activities and events though newsletters, social media, webpage updates, etc. This person will also help manage the school events calendar and material for the Rise TVs in O’Reilly Hall.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with development of marketing materials, and draft newsletters and communication materials;
  • Update and organize school calendar with school, college and student events;
  • Help with content development for Rise TV;
  • Support with the development of marketing materials, such as short stories, video, interviews, etc., to help School of Health Sciences staff and faculty with outreach to various audiences.

Qualifications

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite (Calendar, Docs, Sheets), and Zoom;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work quickly, independently, and meet deadlines;
  • Graphic design skills a plus.

Communications Fellow: School of Science and Engineering

Communications Fellow - School of Science and Engineering

Job Description

The Communications Fellow will support the School of Science and Engineering in promoting activities and events though newsletters, social media, webpage updates, etc. This person will also manage the school events calendar and material for the Rise boards in Palmisano common areas.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with development of marketing materials, and draft newsletters and communication materials;
  • Update and organize school calendar with school, college and student events;
  • Help with content development for electronic post board & Rise;
  • Support with the development of marketing materials, such as short stories, video, interviews, etc) to help Science and Engineering staff and faculty with outreach to various audiences.

Qualifications

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite (Calendar, Docs, Sheets), and Zoom;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Strong communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work quickly, independently, and meet deadlines;
  • Graphic design skills a plus.

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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