North Central College - Naperville, IL

Organizational Communication

Why choose organizational communication at North Central College?

Become a writer, presenter, team member and speaker and understand the dimensions of communication in professional settings like business, nonprofits, media, technology firms, government and other organizations. You'll learn to craft messages for different audiences, both internal (human resources and employee training) and external (media relations, sales and customer service). North Central offers classes that combine theory with practical application, like group process, which requires teams of students to plan and stage fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. Organizational communication majors are advised to specialize in a second academic area like journalism, marketing, human resources, sociology or interactive media studies depending on their career goals.

You may also:

  • Analyze the organizational communication at local and Chicago organizations.
  • Pursue competitive internships on campus and in Naperville and Chicago.
  • Join the honor society Lambda Pi Eta.
  • Become involved in student government and with campus offices such as admission and ministry and service.
  • Conduct research and present your findings at professional conferences or at North Central's own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.


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Aileen Morrissey ’07
North Central College alumna has worked for some of the world’s best-known, highly successful companies, Silicon Valley's Airbnb and
North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.



  • Sports marketing intern, Chicago Bulls/Sox Training Academy, Lisle, IL
  • Marketing and public relations intern, First Nonprofit Insurance Company, Chicago
  • Membership and communications intern, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Chicago
  • Sales intern, Live Nation Motorsports, Aurora, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in organizational communication have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota, Mankato
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Western Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • University of Iowa


Recent graduates in organizational communication include:

  • Senior manager, Insights and Strategic Planning, Sara Lee
  • Director of convention services, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association
  • Training manager, Spiegel Catalog
  • Graphics manager, OfficeMax
  • Guest connections representative, Walt Disney Co.
  • Print production specialist, Abbott Laboratories
  • Assistant vice president for external affairs, North Central College
Organizational Communication major

Heather came to North Central to compete on its renowned forensics team. “Being part of the forensics team, I’ve gained skills that will benefit me the rest of my life and have been able to work with some amazing people.”

One of the best experiences for Heather has been working one-on-one with professors. “They’ve all been extremely helpful with class assignments, decisions about graduate schools and pushing me to pursue academic interests outside the classroom. They help you discover which path to take in life and how to go about traveling that path.”

Heather says she’s not only gained a high quality education at North Central, but had ample opportunities to build a resumé with internships and...

Organizational Communication major

Jamie has simple advice for anyone who’s interested in organizational communication.
“Figure out what direction you want to go,” she says. “There are so many options within the field—internal or external communication, technical or creative, visual or verbal. When students have an idea of what their ideal career is, they can pursue appropriate minors, activities and internships.”

Jamie wants to work as a marketing coordinator for a Chicago-based firm. To prepare, she worked in North Central’s Office of Marketing and Communications, took on a prominent role in the College’s American Marketing Association chapter and completed and...

Organizational Communication & Theatre major, Dance minor

When Rebecca was awarded a North Central transfer scholarship, she knew she was meant to be part of the North Central family.  

Rebecca’s love of working with others led her to the field of communication, but she quickly narrowed it down to organizational communication.

“Communication can be such a broad major at some colleges, but the separation of different communication majors at North Central helped me understand which route I wanted to study and how I wanted to use my degree.”

Because of the writing and communication skills Rebecca gained in her classes, she feels prepared to excel in any setting, whether at a small nonprofit organization or large corporation. The skills she...

Organizational Communication major

Mary chose North Central College because it let her explore her many interests and talents. She focused on her organizational communication major while playing varsity softball and leading the team as captain, mentoring students as a resident assistant, studying abroad and completing an internship.

“North Central offered everything that interested me,” she says.

Among the highlights was her study abroad term in Costa Rica, where she refined her Spanish skills and gained cultural experiences. “I came back to North Central a more responsible, prepared and enthusiastic student.”

She recommends majoring in organizational communication to pursue many different career fields. “The classwork is...

Organizational Communication

To Katie, organizational communication feels more like a community than a department. That’s just how she likes it.

“It’s a group of people who are dedicated to your growth and success—they aren’t just on the sideline cheering you on, hoping you succeed. They’re right there in the middle of it with you, providing any and all resources necessary to ensure your success.”

With the help of her advisor, Katie scored an internship in Chicago with Katz Media Group—the largest media representation company in the United States. It gave her an intimate look at a potential career path.

“Students don’t always get to ‘test-drive’ their careers,” she says. “The speech communication department professors...