Dominican’s location in the near west suburbs of Chicago offers huge advantages to communication students.

River Forest is just 10 miles from downtown Chicago, one of the nation’s media capitals. Journalism legends Studs Terkel, Mike Royko, Paul Harvey and Ann Landers all spent their careers in the Windy City. Companies of all sizes are based here, with an emphasis on high-tech, manufacturing, transportation, professional services, medicine and nonprofit organizations. All have diverse communication needs.


Enterprising communication students can make the city and surroundings their laboratories. Highly skilled adjunct professors and dynamic guest speakers who are leaders in their fields bring students’ coursework to life.

Given the extremely competitive nature of journalism and corporate communication jobs, we strongly recommend that every communication student do at least one internship.

Organizations throughout Chicagoland are a ready source of internships for Dominican communication students because of the region’s diverse economy and large number of media organizations and corporate communication departments. Dominican students have recently completed internships at many prestigious organizations, including:

  • WBEZ, 91.5-FM
  • Roll Call
  • RedEye
  • Wednesday Journal
  • WLS-TV, Channel 7
  • WMAQ-TV, Channel 5
  • Kartemquin Films
  • Field Museum
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicagoland TV News
  • Continental Cablevision

Internships can be completed at any time during the year. Communication students have found their first job post-graduation as a result of an internship.

Special Opportunities

Students in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences have plenty of opportunities to get involved and gain experience. Students are encouraged to participate in on-campus extracurricular activities. All majors write for the Dominican Star and gain multimedia skills. You also can apply to the communications honors society, Lambda Pi Eta and be inducted into a grand and noble society.

Dominican Star

The Dominican community is fortunate to have its own award-winning biweekly newspaper, the Dominican Star, in print and online. The Star has editorial independence, which means the editor and editorial board make executive decisions regarding coverage and content. Journalism majors may earn up to four credit hours of practicum credit for work on the Star. Students earn one credit per semester. The Star's adviser and director is Dr. John Jenks.

“The journalism students and staff writers all contribute to the production of our biweekly newspaper. The Dominican Star offers students a forum to express their journalistic talents and abilities."
–Stacy Portilla, Class of 2011

Lambda Pi Eta (Honor Society)

The official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Dominican’s chapter is known as Sigma Zeta.

LPH represents what Aristotle described in his book Rhetoric as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics.

Prospective members must meet the following requirements:

  • A major or minor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester credit hours completed
  • A 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses with 12 semester credit hours completed
  • Ability to participate for at least one semester after acceptance and induction

New members who meet these requirements are inducted each fall and each spring. Contact Dr. Jennifer Dunn for more details and the latest application form.