New ways of communicating —social media, podcasting, viral videos and digital design — have shaped the messages we’ve consumed over the past 10 years.

When the last decade began, these Kent State alumni were students like you. Now, they’re thriving in innovative jobs across media, design, communication and technology.

Kent State’s College of Communication and Information (CCI) can help you on each step of your own journey. As you develop skills in the classroom, we’ll connect you to the change you want to make in the world. You might use storytelling or design skills to promote solutions for a clean environment. Or maybe you’ll use documentary video and podcasts to entertain in sports, inform in news or advocate for a cause.

  • Digital Director, Public Citizen

    Digital Director, Public Citizen

    Since graduating, JaRel Clay has traveled the U.S. while working for one of the country’s largest public relations firms; created a digital media platform for a national security think tank; and managed coalitions for a progressive nonprofit focused on making the world a better place. Read more about his career in Washington, D.C.

  • Senior Producer, NPR

    Senior Producer, NPR

    Jinae West got her start in journalism as an intern at the Washington Post — always searching for big and bold opportunities. Now, 10 years after graduation, she's working as a senior producer for an NPR radio show and podcast. Read more about her career in audio storytelling, an up-and-coming field.

  • Communications Manager, Walt Disney World

    Communications Manager, Walt Disney World

    Beyond the magical experiences guests have at Walt Disney World every day, there’s a communications and public affairs team spreading the magic all over the world. Kent State alumna Meghan Caprez, B.S. ’15, M.A. ’17, is part of that team.

  • Award-Winning Film Director

    Award-Winning Film Director

    Less than 10 years ago, Tyler Pina was working on films at Kent State. Today, he’s an award-winning director in Los Angeles. Despite challenges that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was one of his busiest years yet.

  • Product Designer, Netflix

    Product Designer, Netflix

    Alumnus Chu Scharlott’s journey and career path to becoming a Product Designer at Netflix demonstrates the important intersection of design and technology. He says: "Tech is now just as important to our lives as the government, money, or our roads."

  • Advocating and Consulting for Native American Communities

    Advocating and Consulting for Native American Communities

    Victoria Humphreys, ’13, found her way as a communications professional in Washington, D.C. by embracing her Native American heritage. She is a Copywriter/Content Strategist for Kauffman & Associates, Inc.

We are the the only college in the nation that offers degree programs from these distinct but interrelated fields of study: media, design, communication, information and digital technologies.
  • Diversity & Inclusion, Major League Baseball

    Diversity & Inclusion, Major League Baseball

    For Phylicia McCorkle, baseball means giving back to the community and making an impact. As the Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Major League Baseball at the Office of the Commissioner, she works with all 30 clubs as well as with MLB Network and MLB Advanced Media to put together strategies and diversity recruiting efforts.

  • Digital Communications Associate, ACLU

    Digital Communications Associate, ACLU

    A career in advocacy had always been Adam Schroeder's dream. Now, as a Digital Communications Associate for the ACLU of Indiana, he designs and creates engaging content to educate supporters about civil rights and civil liberties, and drive different audiences to take community action.

  • Developer, Hyland Software

    Developer, Hyland Software

    Nic Linscott began his career at Hyland Software as an intern in 2014. After multiple internships and experiences, he now works for the company as a Developer. Every day as he works in teams, he uses skills he learned as a Digital Sciences major at Kent State.

  • Manager of New Media, Washington Nationals

    Manager of New Media, Washington Nationals

    As the Washington Nationals marched their way toward a World Series victory in 2019, Kent State alumnus Dan Armelli was the face behind the team’s social media presence. Read about his job as Manager of New Media with the MLB franchise. 

  • Global Social Media Strategist

    Global Social Media Strategist

    From creating content and going on photoshoots, to working with influencers, no two days are the same for alumna Brittany Neish. Read about her job at Fortune Brands’ Global Plumbing Group (GPG), which includes Moen, the number one faucet brand in North America. 

  • Designer, New York City

    Designer, New York City

    New York City-based designer Emily Prusak always had an interest in pursuing a career that channeled her creative side. Both Kent State and graphic design felt like a perfect fit to her.

  • Senior Producer, Brand and Marketing, WKYC Cleveland

    Senior Producer, Brand and Marketing, WKYC Cleveland

    Alumnus David Hrvatin is part of the vast network of professionals that works behind the scenes to make a television newscast come alive and deliver information to communities.

  • Communications Specialist, Cuyahoga County

    Communications Specialist, Cuyahoga County

    As a communications professional for Cuyahoga County, Miranda Kortan is always prepared for the unexpected. A typical day in her role includes proactively developing stories about county projects and initiatives for external audiences, including media and residents. But she’s always ready to rise to the challenge, should a crisis occur.

  • Senior Creative, RYOT Studios (NYC)

    Senior Creative, RYOT Studios (NYC)

    Isaac Versaw launched his career in advertising and visual communication design in New York City. At his job at RYOT, an immersive film studio that started by making social impact documentaries, his work is focused on advocacy and action.

* Common career paths for College of Communication and Information undergraduates with a projection of 10% growth or more over the next 10 years include: Market research analyst and marketing specialist (23%), interpreters and translators (18%), film and video editors (17%), web developers (15%), producers and directors (12%), software developers (11%), technical writers (11%), public relations and fundraising managers (10%)

** Sources: Monster.com, Association of American Colleges & Universities, Forbes.com