Communication Studies

Engaged Writing and Communication

Engaged Writing and Communication takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for writing and communication minors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Writing and Communication Minors Rise


Student research has focused on making effective podcasts, science writing, digital composing, production and analysis of multimedia projects, accessibility issues, teaching and producing visual analysis, creative writing in the writing center, and travel writing.


  • Vermont Public Radio
  • Ideastream, WCPN radio in Cleveland
  • Now This, New York City
  • McClatchy Journalism Winter Term in Washington, DC
  • Communications intern, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Communications intern, Main Street Oberlin
  • InterLinc Mortgage Services
  • Danielides Communications, New York City

Study Away

  • Buenos Aires Liberal Arts, Argentina
  • DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia-Copenhagen
  • Semester at Sea

Experiential Learning

  • Writing Associates Program, offering peer-to-peer discussion and support for writing
  • Speaking Associates Program, leading workshops and staffing a speaking center
  • RHET 305: Organization Grant Proposals
  • RHET 401: Teaching and Tutoring Writing Across the Disciplines

First Destinations of Recent Writing and Communication Minors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • Master of Science in Education (museum education) at Bank Street College of Education
    • PhD in musicology at UC Berkeley
    • MFA in non-fiction at Columbia University
    • JD at Indiana University and Tulane University
    • PhD in English at UC-Irvine
    • Master of Arts in rhetoric and technical communication at Purdue University
    • PhD in sociology at Stanford University
  • Positions:
    • Multimedia fellow at Atlantic Media in Washington, DC
    • Watson Fellowship
    • Marine science educator in Florida