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Public Accountability: SJMC student achievement data

The Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. ACEJMC requires its accredited programs to report to the public retention and graduation rates, as well as other relevant information about student achievement. This information must be updated by Aug. 15 each year. Following is the most recent student achievement information available for the Drake SJMC.

Retention rates of entering first-year students

Entering class Drake overall SJMC
2015-16 88.4% 85.7%

Four-year completion rates

Entering class Drake overall SJMC
2010 67.95% 69.84%

Fall semester SJMC enrollment (only students
declaring first majors in SJMC)

Level Status 2016
Undergraduate Full-time 288
Part-time 13
Total 301
Graduate Full-time 0
Part-time 19
Total 19

In addition, about half of SJMC students also receive another major or degree in a second academic unit, such as Arts and Sciences or the College of Business and Public Administration.

Percentage of SJMC seniors reporting at least one internship/professionally oriented work experience while at Drake (most report multiple internships):

2012: 98%
2013: 93%
2014: 97%
2015: 91%
2016: 98%
2017: 96%

SJMC graduate “accomplishment rate” — percentage of undergraduates reporting being employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, enrolled in an activity related to professional goals, such as volunteerism or internship, within six months of graduation — as reported by Drake Professional and Career Development Services:

Year Drake overall SJMC
2010-11 97.3% 95.5%
2011-12 98.7 100
2012-13 97.6 99
2013-14 98.3 100
2014-15 98.9 100
2015-16 99 100

Where 2017 graduates had internships:

Advertising

  • Above + Beyond Cancer nonprofit marketing/graphic design intern
  • Hanley Wood Marketing client experience intern (Minneapolis)
  • Z3 Triathlon marketing intern
  • Des Moines Performing Arts marketing intern
  • Sandlot Strategic media strategy intern (St. Joseph, MO)
  • Iowa International Center marketing/communications intern
  • Thomson Reuters marketing intern
  • Iowa Events Center marketing intern
  • Meyocks agency copywriting intern
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority public relations/marketing intern
  • iWireless headquarters marketing intern
  • Berkshire Hathaway Media Group advertising/sales intern
  • BazaarVoice online review intern
  • SpearHead Promotions sales representative
  • Morning radio show, Star 105.5
  • WDSR radio promotions
  • Station One local nonprofit record label marketing
  • Capture Marketing social media marketing intern
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation graphic design intern
  • From The Hip Photo public relations/communications intern
  • The American Red Cross public relations intern
  • iHeartMedia digital intern
  • Des Moines American Advertising Federation GRIT intern
  • Prime Therapeutics corporate communications intern
  • Arbitrage Media
  • Downtown Eye Care freelance work
  • Meredith MXM project management
  • Island Company marketing intern
  • Frantz Group marketing intern (Wisconsin)
  • Jar Bar makeup video marketing intern
  • Fortress Consulting Group design intern (Chicago)
  • Tennaqua Swim and Tennis Club content intern (Deerfield, IL)
  • Travel Advertising Group copywriting intern
  • Ecoco Inc. content intern (Chicago)
  • Walton Isaacson copywriting intern (California)
  • Myriad Advisor Solutions

Public Relations and Strategic Political Communications

  • Catch Des Moines (Convention and Visitors Bureau) sales and sports intern
  • 80/35 music festival marketing intern
  • Iowa Bankers Association marketing/communications intern
  • U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee intern (D.C.)
  • Des Moines Performing Arts marketing intern
  • Susan G. Komen public relations intern
  • Nebraska Global PR and marketing intern (Lincoln, NE)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters research and analytics intern
  • Winefest event assistant
  • A Chance to Grow PR intern (Minneapolis)
  • Ultimate Software PR intern
  • Handicap International UK knowledge management intern
  • Iona Senior Services research intern
  • Western National Insurance
  • Rebuilding Together neighborhood volunteer
  • Iowa Medical Society communications intern
  • Des Moines Playhouse marketing intern
  • World Food Prize social media intern, youth programming intern
  • VSolvit marketing analyst
  • Nationwide Insurance customer service
  • Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing intern
  • Strategic America agency PR intern
  • Iowa Select Farms communications and events intern
  • Iowa Events Center marketing intern
  • Des Moines Golf and Country Club marketing intern
  • Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa FOI Council
  • Capture Marketing Group
  • Spina Bifida Association of Iowa PR intern
  • Fork in the Road food and nutrition counseling PR intern
  • Youth Emergency Services and Shelter intern
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority Home Base Iowa intern
  • AbbVie Inc. internal communications (Chicago)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraising/event planning intern
  • Strategic Elements LLC PR and public affairs intern
  • Meredith Corporation corporate communications
  • Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library PR intern (KS)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins district intern (KS)
  • Westar Energy corporate communications (KS)
  • Renewable Energy Group corporate affairs intern (Ames, IA)
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center policy intern
  • Grassroots Campaign fundraising and promotion
  • Law firm corporate intern
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois communications team
  • Principal Financial Group corporate real estate employee communications
  • National Pork Board communications intern
  • Community Housing Initiatives neighbor engagement intern
  • LS2 Group political consultant PR intern
  • American Red Cross
  • Visit Beloit convention and visitors bureau (WI)
  • Iowa State Fair communication and outreach intern
  • AARP Iowa social media, community outreach, advocacy, communication
  • Lexicon Content Marketing branded content intern
  • City of Allen (TX) communications
  • Ankeny Community Schools communications
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland communications
  • UBS Financial Services marketing intern
  • Interface Tourism special projects intern (Spain)
  • BioSpace PR intern
  • DHI Group marketing intern, social media and engagement intern
  • Bankers Trust
  • 99Ways nonprofit intern
  • WHO-TV broadcast producer
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa intern
  • Blue Front Marketing
  • Better Homes & Gardens cross-site digital intern
  • Iowa Capitol legislative clerk
  • Senate campaign, presidential campaign internships; interned for Senator
  • Clinton, Trump, O’Malley campaign internships; Sen. Joni Ernst campaign
  • Colorado Mountain Club marketing intern (Golden, CO)
  • Principal Financial Group employee communications intern
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital media relations intern
  • Living History Farms communications intern
  • Great Plains SPCA social marketing intern
  • H&A events marketing and social media intern
  • Midwest Sports Production social media strategist
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines marketing and communications
  • Iowa International Center marketing, communications and graphic design
  • ATW Training Solutions marketing intern
  • Maurice’s Corporate job shadow
  • iHeartMedia marketing and PR intern
  • Station One Records media relations intern
  • Benny Tarantini PR and publicity intern
  • Above + Beyond Cancer communications intern
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce digital media intern
  • Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation PR intern
  • Des Moines European Heritage Association marketing and events intern
  • Iowa Environmental Council
  • Iowa House of Representatives intern
  • U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (CO) intern

Digital Media Production, Magazine Media and News

  • Beverly Arts Center outreach and communications (Chicago)
  • Iowa Cubs baseball video production, PR internships
  • Des Moines Buccaneers hockey head of video department
  • The Permanent Collection
  • HospitalPortal.net
  • MORE.com
  • Teen Vogue
  • Steracle Press
  • Gannett Design Studios
  • Iowa Sports Spotlight
  • Des Moines Radio Group promotions staff and on air
  • KCCI-TV production assistant
  • Iowa Public Television production intern
  • CNN, ABC News, Fusion runner and production assistant (Iowa Caucuses)
  • Susan G. Komen event planning intern
  • Liz Lidgett Fine Art social media and marketing intern
  • BHG.com social media intern
  • Iowa Starting Line political electronic newsletter staff writer
  • Midwest Living editorial assistant, video editor
  • Allrecipes magazine apprentice
  • Modern Luxury magazine social media and marketing intern (Chicago)
  • College Fashionista social media guru
  • Meredith Corporation editorial intern
  • Crème Cupcake + Dessert intern
  • Hy-Vee marketing department
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation communications intern
  • Philadelphia Inquirer editing intern
  • Drum Corps International communications intern
  • Kansas City Star editing intern
  • Kettle Moraine Press Association intern
  • The Des Moines Register
  • Iowa Secretary of State’s Office
  • 96.5 The World co-host
  • Carus Chemical marketing intern
  • Des Moines Radio Group Star 102.5 and Lazer 103.3
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Parents magazine
  • Ronald McDonald House of Des Moines
  • Iowa Public Television
  • MXDWN.com music writer
  • Culture Theater Cedar Rapids communications and sales
  • EMBARC Iowa (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resources Center) writing iHeart Media

Campus media

  • Drake Magazine advertising and public relations director, editor, designer, writer
  • Times-Delphic features editor, copy editor, writer, designer
  • The Annual editor, writer, designer
  • Drake Political Review art director, editor, writer
  • DUIN magazine designer, writer
  • Drake Broadcasting System operations manager, DJ, Relays

Other

  • Drake University Communications digital media intern
  • Student Activities Board marketing, executive officer
  • Drake Office for Sexual Assault Awareness graphic design intern
  • Ad Club art director, president, content director
  • ESPN3
  • MEDLIFE social media chair
  • Project Bulldog lead designer
  • Drake Athletics Creative Services
  • Drake Athletics graphic designer, marketing intern for mascot, complex manager
  • Anderson Gallery monitor
  • Drake Adult Literacy Center blogger
  • Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement graphic designer
  • Admissions student ambassador
  • Drake Recreational Services graphic designer
  • College of Business and Public Administration student services intern
  • Goodwin-Kirk Hall receptionist
  • Student Senate executive board
  • Adams Leadership Academy
  • Cowles Library
  • Drake American Marketing Association
  • Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity
  • Student Leadership Advisory Panel co-president, event coordinator
  • Drake Office of Engaged Learning digital media specialist, events coordinator
  • PR faculty research assistant
  • Drake Enactus project manager
  • Drake Alumni House digital media intern
  • Drake Bulldog Club writer
  • Drake Office of Events office manager
  • Drake Agricultural Law Center assistant
  • Robert D. and Billie Ray Center intern
  • Colleges Against Cancer communication chair
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Student Alumni Association VP of communications
  • Delta Gamma VP of membership
  • Drake Environmental Action League co-president
  • Best Buddies president

Snapshot of 2016 graduates’ employment within six months of graduation:

  • Designer, Self Magazine, New York City
  • Director, KCCI-TV, Des Moines
  • Chicago Bulls, BullsTV production associate, Chicago
  • Disney College Program, Disney, Orlando, FL
  • Studio operator, ESPN, Los Angeles
  • Communications assistant, Pew Research Center, Washington, DC
  • Human resources manager, Chemistry & Industrial Hygiene, Denver
  • Editorial assistant to the editor-in-chief, Family Circle magazine, New York City
  • Content development intern, Oriental Trading Co., Omaha
  • Account manager, Martin Williams, Minneapolis
  • Operations and logistics specialist, Honor Bound Logistics, Des Plaines, IL
  • Field director, Iowa House Majority Fund, Des Moines
  • Video director and production designer, CDM Media, Chicago
  • Marketing assistant, Diablo Media, Denver
  • Digital marketing strategist, Vision Financial Group, River Forest, IL
  • Marketing intern, Amsted Rail, Chicago
  • Professional volleyball player, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Trend reporter, Meredith Corp., Des Moines
  • Freelance graphic designer, Des Moines
  • Web designer, Sullivan Seder LLC, Chicago
  • Reporter, Ames, Iowa, Tribune
  • Freelance writer, Des Moines
  • Restaurant host, Minneapolis
  • Marketing project manager, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines
  • Sports marketing graduate student, California Baptist University
  • Marketing coordinator, Access Systems, Des Moines
  • Marketing copywriter, Ameritas, Lincoln, NE
  • Communications associate, Environmental Initiative, Minneapolis
  • Graduate student, Anglia Rustin University, England
  • Missionary, The World Race, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Social journalist, Imagination Publishing, Chicago
  • Docent, Salisbury House, Des Moines
  • Social media manager, U.S. Bank, Minneapolis
  • Election organizing, AARP, Des Moines
  • Graphic design apprentice, Meredith Corp., Des Moines
  • Copywriter, Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Kansas City
  • Marketing coordinator, Iowa Bankers Association, Des Moines
  • Copy editor, Clique Media Group, New York City
  • Crew member, Trader Joe’s, freelance writer, Des Moines
  • Student, University of Missouri Law School
  • Marketing and public relations intern, Main Street Manning, Iowa
  • Public relations and digital media intern, TURNER, Denver
  • Founder and CEO, SEEC, Des Moines
  • Reporter, The Morning Sun, Pittsburg, KS
  • Marketing assistant, web designer, Radiology Regional Center, Fort Myers, FL
  • Leadership development program, marketing analyst, Allstate, Chicago
  • Web designer, AmericanEagle.com, Des Plaines, IL
  • Marketing manager, Bright Health, Minneapolis
  • On-air personality, producer, Des Moines Radio Group
  • Marketing coordinator, Swank Motion Pictures, St. Louis
  • Account coordinator, CenterPoint Marketing, Woodbury, MN
  • Reporter, KTIV News, Sioux City, IA
  • Human resources assistant, Iowa Democratic Party
  • Personal lines underwriter, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines
  • Assistant account executive, Olsen Engage, Minneapolis
  • Communications administrator, Appetite for Change, Minneapolis
  • Videographer, Hoodwill Gunting Enterprises, Des Moines
  • Inside sales representative, Minnesota United FC, Minneapolis
  • Multimedia production coordinator, Wright Service Corp., Des Moines
  • Sports broadcaster, Drake University Athletics
  • Services intern, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Iowa
  • Communications coordinator, University Club of Chicago
  • Reporter, KEYC, Mankato, MN
  • Kids’ Library Page, Elmhurst, IL, Public Library
  • Commercial underwriting trainee, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines
  • E-commerce intern, AKIRA Chicago
  • CTMS study and support analyst, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Assistant product manager, Insight 2 Design, Kansas City
  • Freelance social media strategist, Reset, Des Moines
  • Digital content director, Drake University Athletics
  • Clerk for legislator, Iowa House of Representatives, Des Moines
  • Head cashier, Thinking Cup coffeehouse, Boston
  • Assistant manager, Hy-Vee, Marion, IA
  • Spinal cord rehab worker, Omaha
  • SEO-PR intern, Oriental Trading Co., Omaha
  • Marketing and communications associate, My Diabetes Home, Des Moines
  • Brand manager, TRIO Marketing, Grimes, IA
  • Public relations intern, Roepke Public Relations, Minneapolis
  • Editorial assistant, Grey Dog Media, Des Moines
  • Media specialist, Two Rivers Marketing, Des Moines
  • Marketing intern, SAP America, Chicago
  • Technical writer, Wells Fargo, Des Moines
  • Communications manager, Aveda, director, Hearst TV, Portland, ME

Snapshot of 2015 graduates’ employment within six months of graduation:

  • Communications coordinator, Science Center of Iowa
  • Assistant account executives, The Integer Group, Des Moines
  • Online learning manager, The Collaborative Education Institute, Des Moines
  • Social media strategist, Happy Medium, Des Moines
  • Direct support professional, Lincoln, NE, Public Schools
  • Freelance videographer, Denver, CO
  • Advancement coordinator, Iowa Center for Economic Success
  • News producer, KCCI-TV, Des Moines
  • Account executive, Aeffect, Deerfield, IL
  • Editorial assistant, Recipe.com, Meredith Corp.
  • Advertising design editor, LTD Commodities, Mundelein, IL
  • Digital publishing specialist, Trip Mate Inc., Kansas City
  • Professional musician, Chicago
  • OED project coordinator, Wells Fargo
  • Graphic designer, Meredith Corp.
  • Media coordinator, Trilix Group, Des Moines
  • Call center manager, Marketlink Inc.
  • Promotions/digital media assistant, Des Moines Radio Group
  • Junior copywriter, AdFarm, Kansas City
  • English teachers, Drake Teach in China Program
  • Team coordinator, Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Wichita, KS
  • Production assistant, “Stitchers,” ABC Family Network, Los Angeles
  • Commercial customer service representative, Nationwide Insurance
  • Inbound marketing consultant, SparksReaction, Des Moines
  • Graphic designer, Iowa Public Television
  • Video producer, Trilix Group
  • Content creation and development intern, Glass House PR, Des Moines
  • Project manager support representative, The Stelter Co., Des Moines
  • Legislative assistant, Iowa Legislature
  • Junior publicist, ext.54, Chicago
  • Editorial associate, MXM (Meredith Xcelerated Marketing)
  • Brand communication and design coordinator, dfine Branding, Denver
  • Student, Drake Law School
  • Marketing assistant, RIA Federal Credit Union, Davenport, IA
  • Consumer marketing intern, Weber Shandwick, Chicago
  • Client services coordinator, Strategic America, Des Moines
  • Realtor, Group O’Dell/Keller Williams Realty, Overland Park, KS
  • Search Engine Optimization content writer, Aronson Advertising, Schaumburg, IL
  • Communications specialist, Welland Laike Communications, Des Moines
  • Regional director, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Richmond, VA
  • Recruiting coordinator, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines
  • Public relations account coordinator, Strategic America, Des Moines
  • Sports news assistant, The Des Moines Register
  • Communications intern, Iowa Secretary of State
  • Assistant account executive, Lindsay, Stone & Briggs, Madison, WI
  • Nanny, Omaha, NE
  • Public relations assistant, Allyson Conklin Public Relations, Fort Collins, CO
  • PR intern, Kohnstamm Communications, Minneapolis
  • Marketing and communications intern, Boys & Girls Clubs of Center Iowa
  • Contributing writer, Divine Caroline, MXM (Meredith Xcelerated Marketing)
  • Account coordinator, LS2 Group political consultants, Des Moines
  • Sales floor team member, Target, Cottage Grove, MN
  • Reporter, Houston Press
  • Student, Creighton University Law School
  • Audience engagement coordinator, Meredith Corp.
  • Multimedia producer, KCRG-TV9, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Associate videographer and editor, MITTERA, Des Moines
  • Living skills adviser, Christian Opportunity Center, Indianola, IA
  • Interactive designer, JT Mega Food Advertising, Minneapolis
  • Graphic designer, Lexicon Content Marketing, Des Moines
  • Deli counter manager, Festival Foods, Appleton, WI
  • Creative specialist, Blue Frog Dynamic Marketing, Des Moines
  • Project manager, Lessing Flynn, Des Moines
  • Marketing and communications coordinator, Wright Service Corp., Des Moines

Snapshot of 2014 graduates’ employment within six months of graduation:

  • Video production and support, Iowa Events Center
  • Leadership development candidate, Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, IL
  • Marketing specialist, UnityPoint Clinic, West Des Moines
  • English writing teacher, Guangxi Normal University, China
  • Graphic designer, Bauer Compressors, Norfolk, VA
  • Community content editor for entertainment, The Des Moines Register
  • Marketing analyst & social media coordinator, Regalo International, Rosemount, MN
  • Fulbright scholar, Korea
  • Police reporter, The Herald-Sun, Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Quality control specialist, The Sportsman Channel, Milwaukee
  • Specialist, Apple, Chicago
  • Web content specialist, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis
  • Public relations assistant, Roepke Public Relations, Minneapolis
  • Reporter, WCBD-TV, Charleston, SC
  • Cops and courts reporter, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, WY
  • Digital outreach assistant, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Design apprentice, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
  • Psychology master’s student, University of Nebraska
  • Manager, Torrid plus-size clothing, Bloomington, IL
  • Marketing assistant, Atirix Medical Systems, Minneapolis
  • News reporter, KSNT Channel 27 & KTMJ Fox 43, Louisburg, KS
  • Public relations account coordinator, Strategic America, Des Moines
  • Freelance writer & loan document analyst, Wells Fargo, Des Moines
  • Disney College Program, Walt Disney World, Hollywood, CA
  • Designer, Gannett Design Studios, Des Moines
  • Public relations & recruitment specialist, Rehab Management Solutions, Milwaukee
  • Marketing coordinator and executive assistant, Dwolla, San Francisco
  • Iowa legislator from Dubuque, IA
  • Associate videographer and editor, Sundog Studios, Des Moines
  • Marketing and communications specialist, Enterprise Iowa, Johnston, IA
  • Volunteer Management Office, Yosemite National Park, Fresno, CA
  • Contractor project controls data coordinator, Flint Hills Resources, Prescott, WI
  • E-commerce editorial assistant, Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
  • Marketing and creative intern, QA Graphics, Des Moines, IA
  • Production assistant intern, Total Event Resources, Schaumburg, IL
  • Associate social media editor, Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith Corporation
  • Co-owner and founding member, Monarch Transformations, Des Moines
  • Journalism teacher, Sichuan International Studies University, China
  • Marketing and public relations intern, The Des Moines Playhouse
  • Social media marketing manager, Gusto Pizza Inc., Des Moines
  • Writer-reporter, People.com, New York City
  • Private wealth management, Robert W. Baird & Co., Kansas City
  • Assistant account executive, Olson, Minneapolis
  • Marketing copywriter, Esco Holdings, Minneapolis
  • Public relations coordinator, Two Rivers Marketing, Des Moines
  • Account manager, TRIO Marketing, Des Moines
  • Public relations coordinator, LIFT Alliance, Austin, TX
  • Social media coordinator, Recipe.com, Meredith Corporation
  • Client services manager, Keeling Wealth Advisors, West Des Moines
  • Social media strategist & creative asset developer, The Social Lites, Minneapolis
  • Assistant social media consultant, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines
  • Account executive, Olson, Minneapolis
  • Credit analyst, Two Rivers Bank & Trust, Des Moines
  • Corporate communications intern, MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines
  • Legal assistant, Reinsch, Slattery, Bear and Minahan, Omaha
  • English teacher, Gauangxi Normal University, China
  • Marketing manager, Vermeer Midwest, Des Moines
  • Producer, KCRG-TV9, Cedar Rapids
  • Account executive, Exponent PR, Minneapolis
  • Communications intern, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Media and communications intern, Buy Fresh Buy Local, Des Moines
  • Marketing coordinator & research analyst, Venture Mortgage, Minneapolis
  • Furniture installer, Right Angle Installations, Lisle, IL
  • Assistant account manager, Karwoski and Courage PR, Minneapolis
  • Nanny, St. Louis
  • Communications associate, Academic Health Center, U. of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Marketing, Wells Fargo, Des Moines
  • Athletics media services, Southern Illinois University
  • Soldier, Israeli Defense Forces
  • Marketing coordinator, Iowa Bankers Association
  • Staff writer, Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith Corporation
  • Editorial intern, Essence.com, New York City
  • Editor, WHO-TV, Des Moines
  • Deputy communications director/legislative analyst, state of Iowa

Where 2016 graduates had internships:

Advertising

  • Vision Financial Group, digital marketing
  • Scout: Dry Goods and Trade, lead marketing and sales coordinator
  • FHLB Des Moines, marketing
  • DuPont Pioneer, marketing
  • Businessolver, client services
  • Better Homes and Gardens, cross site digital
  • Fresh Image Design, blogger
  • Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., sales
  • Iowa Bankers Association, marketing communications
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, marketing communications
  • AroundCampus, sales
  • Des Moines Radio Group
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Cedarock Web Design
  • ChildServe
  • Meredith Corp., designer
  • Kelsi Zieman Artistry
  • Church staff, creating brochures, fliers and videos
  • LS2 Group political consultants, public affairs, creative marketing
  • Dress for Success
  • Adult Literacy Center, fundraising organization
  • CultureALL, media planning
  • Secret Penguin ad agency, Omaha
  • Iowa Medical Society, strategic communications and marketing assistant
  • Meyocks, copywriting
  • General Store of Minnetonka, graphic design
  • Pocket Hercules, Minneapolis, art director intern
  • Johnson Consulting Services, Minneapolis, graphic design
  • Grey Dog Media
  • Watershed Partners, administrative assistant
  • Nick Tasler, marketing
  • Second Hand Rose Antiques, advertising manager
  • Moonlight-Freight, web designer
  • Sports Spotlight, advertising coordinator
  • Integrative Counseling Solutions, advertising manager
  • Performance Marketing, media planning
  • TRIO marketing, account coordinator
  • Wooly’s music venue, design and marketing
  • Happy Medium, design
  • Eight Seven Central, screen printing
  • iHeart Media
  • Des Moines Buccaneer (USHL hockey)
  • City of Waukee, Iowa
  • Nationwide Insurance Co.
  • Emanuel Cleaver campaign, marketing
  • Huntington Learning Center, marketing
  • iModules Software, marketing
  • Nora Fleming, intern
  • Bailey Lauerman, copywriting
  • Saturday Mfg., copywriting

Public Relations

  • Broadway in Chicago, marketing
  • WineFest Des Moines, event assistant
  • Blue Zones Project, community engagement
  • Iowa House of Representatives, clerk
  • Keller-Williams Real Estate, marketing
  • IHCA, communications
  • Allstate, corporate relations
  • The Integer Group, PR intern, account services
  • Manning, Iowa, communications
  • Des Moines Radio Group, promotions
  • Iowa Public Radio, communication/development
  • Iowa Public TV, communications
  • LS2 Group political consultants, PR/public affairs
  • People for the American Way, communications
  • Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
  • AARP
  • Iowa Orthopedics
  • Skogrand PR Solutions, PR
  • WHO-TV, caucus reporter
  • YESS, marketing
  • Obama presidential campaign
  • Staci Appel for Congress campaign
  • GPS Impact, digital campaign agency
  • Iowa House of Representatives, clerk
  • Iowa Medical Society
  • Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • The World Food Prize
  • Meredith Corp., e-commerce
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Iowa Bankers Association
  • Mars Café, management/social media/PR
  • Flynn Wright, digital/copywriter
  • Latham for Congress campaign
  • American Advertising Federation
  • Sampson Construction, marketing
  • Two Rivers Marketing, media planning
  • Hanser and Associates, PR
  • Amperage Marketing, PR and content associate
  • Cedar Valley Sportsplex, sports marketing
  • Demarquette, London, marketing
  • Children and Family Urban Movement
  • Rape Victims Advocates, development
  • Quality Hydraulics and Pneumatics, marketing
  • American Lung Association, special events
  • Better Homes and Gardens, editorial apprentice
  • Advertising Age magazine, ASME intern
  • Center for Citizen Diplomacy, communications
  • Envision Radio Networks, media
  • Access Systems, marketing
  • N2Publishing, content coordinator
  • Principal Financial Group, corporate real estate communication
  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, NE, strategic communications
  • INTL FCStone, marketing
  • Nonprofit public relations, media planning
  • Preferred Hotel Group, web content
  • Iowa House Democrats, communications
  • Easter Seals of Iowa, marketing and development
  • ING Media, PR
  • Molecule Inc., social media manager
  • Evelyn K. Davis
  • Prague Post Endowment Fund
  • Visintine & Ryan
  • Principal Charity Classic golf tournament, marketing
  • Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM), project management

Magazines, News and Digital Media

  • NBC Universal
  • NFHS Network, high school sports production
  • Catch Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Partnership, writer
  • Station 1 Records, marketing and research
  • Midwest Living, editorial assistant
  • UBH Luxury Bags
  • Plum Tree Group
  • Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM)
  • Meredith Special Interest Media
  • Meredith Corp., digital media
  • Lift Division
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • KCCI-TV, director, sports, producer
  • Iowa Cubs, video production
  • Iowa Wild, AHL hockey, video editor, promotions
  • ESPN, production operations
  • Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, video production
  • Iowa Catholic Radio
  • WCCO-TV, Minneapolis
  • WHO-TV
  • WOI-TV
  • Des Moines Radio Group, promotions assistant, DJ
  • Campfire Heart of Iowa, advertising specialist
  • DuPont Pioneer, media planner and radio producer
  • Fort Scott Tribune, Kansas
  • Texas Monthly
  • Living the Country Life
  • Living History Farms Museum, management
  • Dallas County News, reporter
  • Scripps Howard Foundation, wire reporter
  • Southwest Missourian
  • Bold Marketing
  • FitPro magazine
  • Marie Claire magazine
  • Shape magazine
  • Diabetic Living magazine
  • Sun Dog Studios
  • Better Homes and Gardens, home division, e-commerce
  • Ten 25 Designs, social media intern
  • Do It Yourself magazine
  • KCL Engineering, graphic design intern
  • Meredith Corp., copy flow coordinator, editorial apprentice
  • Ladies Home Journal, editorial assistant
  • Kansas City Star
  • The Knot
  • Lexicon Content Marketing
  • Freelance photographer
  • Lee’s Summit Journal
  • The Hartford Courant
  • Freelance video editing for creative firm in Chicago
  • Ensemble Creative and Marketing
  • Cosmopolitan magazine
  • Woman’s Day magazine
  • Omaha World-Herald
  • ESPN
  • Sportscast Media
  • CNN
  • Yahoo!
  • Des Moines East and South Chamber of Commerce
  • My Diabetes Home, content research and development intern
  • MidAmerican Energy, corporate communications and public affairs intern
  • Freelance writer, The Iowan, Playboy, Paste

 Campus media

  • Drake Magazine, PR/ad manager, writer, editor, designer, blogger, creative director
  • Times-Delphic student newspaper, design editor, reporter, editor, photographer, video
  • The Annual magazine, art director
  • Periphery literary magazine, art director, writer
  • DUIN (Drake University Independent Newspaper), editor, designer, writer
  • KDRA 94.1 The Dog radio station, DJ
  • Drake Broadcasting System, Relays production
  • Drake Political Review, writer, designer

Other

  • The Valley on ESPN3, producer/director/graphics
  • Drake Community Press
  • Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, research fellow
  • Drake music department, poster designer
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Drake chapter
  • Enactus, international nonprofit
  • Anderson Art Gallery, graphic design
  • Drake Communications, PR, social media
  • Alumni Office, digital and social media, special events
  • Drake Athletics, web design and graphics specialist, communications, marketing
  • College of Business and Public Administration, business assistant
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication, social media assistant
  • College of Arts and Sciences, web editor
  • Drake International Programs, video producer
  • American Marketing Association, Drake chapter
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Ad Club
  • Marketing Club
  • Adams Academy leadership program
  • PRSSA conference, design coordinator
  • Drake resident assistant, VP of Residence Hall Association, front desk manager
  • Stalnaker Hall, publicity chair
  • Student Senate, PR liaison
  • Student Activities Board, marketing
  • Panhellenic Council, VP marketing
  • Campus crew, PR manager
  • Drake Admissions, marketing intern
  • Drake Student Alumni Association, VP communications, president
  • Drake Democrats
  • Drake in Belize program
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention
  • Faculty research assistant
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Sorority, director of internal events, PR chair
  • Drake Writing Workshop, writing tutor
  • Drake theater department, assistant marketing director

Where 2015 graduates had internships:

Public relations 

  • Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance
  • Des Moines Buccaneers, hockey
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Sciengistics Inc., marketing
  • West Des Moines School District Communications Department
  • MidAmerican Energy Co., corporate communications and public affairs
  • Media Link Inc., marketing/PR
  • Iowa Health Care Association
  • Iowa Center for Assisted Living
  • Welland Lake Communication, PR/marketing
  • Let America Know, Internet marketing
  • New Gov., nonprofit political
  • Blue House Marketing, consulting startup
  • Amanda the Panda, nonprofit for kids with cancer
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Lessing-Flynn, PR/advertising agency
  • Development Services of Iowa
  • Iowa International Center
  • Glass House PR
  • Two Rivers Marketing
  • ISCPA
  • Iowa Attorney General’s Office, consumer protection division intern
  • Senate Democratic Caucus, communications intern
  • Peppersoup Media
  • Strategic America, PR and marketing agency
  • Iowa Barnstormers, arena football PR intern
  • Northwestern Mutual, sales intern
  • Target, sales intern
  • The Integer Group, account services
  • The Education Abroad Network
  • LS2Group, political consulting and government affairs
  • The Rand Shauver Cancer Research and Community Fund
  • Young Women’s Resource Center, marketing
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, events
  • Iowa Senate, communications
  • City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, communications
  • Mediacom
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, marketing and communications
  • Wright Service Corp.
  • eComegy, marketing and communications
  • Marketlink Inc., project management

Advertising 

  • Akili Design and Marketing Services, advertising
  • Meyocks, copywriting
  • Minnesota Vikings training camp intern
  • Des Moines Menace, soccer graphic design and marketing
  • The Integer Group, copywriting intern, business development
  • Dice Holdings, BioSpace, creative marketing
  • Bailey Lauerman, PR and social media
  • DSM Living magazine, graphic design
  • Collaborative Education Institute, graphic design
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, graphic design
  • Women in Networking
  • ZLR Ignition, account intern
  • Initiative, New York headquarters, consumer behavior
  • Quad Graphic Creative Solutions, marketing
  • Radio Disney AM1640, marketing
  • Bizability Group
  • Natural Resources Conservation Services
  • Lifetouch
  • Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance
  • Iowa Cubs, video
  • Stelter Company, business development associate
  • Quad Cities River Bandits, baseball video production
  • Iowa Events Center, marketing
  • Athlete Network
  • Sullivan Higdon & Sink, project management
  • BIZ, social media marketing
  • Mercer Health and Benefits, client relations
  • Social media planning consultant for small companies
  • Iowa Barnstormers, football PR
  • Third Channel with Cosmopolitan magazine
  • The Members Group, product intern
  • Wellmark, interactive marketing
  • Des Moines Radio Group, promotions
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • Performance Marketing, account services
  • Blue House Marketing, project manager
  • LS2Group, political consulting and government affairs
  • PineappleRM, Minneapolis
  • Meredith Corp.
  • Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
  • Catchfire Media

Magazine/News/Digital production 

  • Minnesota Public Radio, intern, freelancer, consultant
  • Des Moines Social Club
  • Iowa Cubs, video production
  • Texas Monthly magazine
  • New York magazine
  • Paste magazine
  • Cityview independent weekly
  • Northwest Herald (Chicago)
  • AARP Missouri, digital marketing
  • Mind Over Media
  • Pam’s Communication
  • Good Housekeeping magazine, editorial home
  • Vitae Design Collective, fashion
  • Beautiful Savage magazine, staff writer
  • DivineCaroline.com, staff writer
  • Goodsmiths.com, communications
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Iowa Genealogical Society, inventorying microfilm
  • American Friends Service Committee, research data on politics
  • NBCSN, Drake Relays
  • The Nine Network, St. Louis PBS affiliate
  • CBS-TV Los Angeles-based photo department
  • Production assistant at local production house
  • Meredith Corp.
  • Rochester Magazine
  • Last Laugh Comedy Theater
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
  • Pedal the Cause, event promotion
  • Diabetic Living magazine, graphic design intern
  • Better Homes & Gardens, social media design assistant
  • KCCI-TV, production assistant
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Des Moines Public Library, marketing
  • Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, multimedia
  • AmeriCorps, multimedia
  • AAU Track and Field, videographer
  • Iowa Public Television, studio production intern
  • Indianapolis Monthly, editorial intern
  • Fork-in-the-Road, holistic health consulting, editor, marketing
  • Meredith Corp., marketing and analytics
  • College Fashionista, blogger
  • Naperville magazine
  • DuPage Children’s Museum, PR and communications intern
  • Meredith Special Interest Media, copy flow coordinator, editor
  • Seventeen.com, editorial intern
  • Meredith MXM, Kraft, editorial apprentice
  • The Knot, ASME intern
  • SparkReaction, inbound marketing consultant
  • Her Campus, Borrowed + Blue, Loverly, freelancer
  • Seventeen magazine, art intern
  • Meredith Brand Licensing, art intern
  • Meredith MXM, Lowe’s Creative Ideas, design apprentice
  • FH Pro, editorial and design intern (London)
  • Better Homes & Gardens, digital media intern, art intern
  • ShopBHG, e-commerce intern
  • Meredith Corp. Craft Group, graphic design intern
  • Des Moines Arts Festival, communications and marketing intern
  • The Des Moines Register, sports news assistant
  • Anawim Housing, videographer
  • Drake Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, graphic designer

Other professional-related extracurricular activities

  • The Times-Delphic student newspaper
  • KDRA 94.1 the Dog (campus radio station)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America, regional conference planning committee
  • The Annual magazine
  • Drake Magazine
  • Drake Broadcasting System
  • Society of Professional Journalists, campus chapter
  • DrakeDigitalNews.com
  • DUIN humor magazine
  • Periphery literary magazine
  • Drake Athletics, digital content director, marketing intern, Gameday intern
  • Bucksbaum Lecture assistant
  • Drake Sodexo, marketing intern
  • Drake Communications, presidential communications intern
  • Drake Communications department (PR intern, photo and video intern)
  • Working Group for the Infusion of Global and Multicultural Understandings
  • President of Drake Hillel, Jewish student organization
  • Drake football, marketing
  • Drake For She campaign
  • Public Relations major research assistant
  • Drake University Student Alumni Association
  • Student Activities Board
  • Student Senate
  • El Ritmo Latino
  • Drake Admissions, student ambassador
  • Drake Office of Events
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • UNICEF@Drake
  • E.T. Meredith Center for Magazine Students
  • Middle Eastern Peace and Prosperity Alliance, graphic designer
  • Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning, design ambassador
  • Drake Emerging Writers Award judge
  • Campus Fellowship, graphic designer
  • Belize Dance Marathon, graphic designer
  • College of Business and Public Administration website designer
  • Environmental Science department newsletter designer