J Students: We are here to help!

Category: Cherry on Top

Are you a Journalism student in need of assistance during your journey in the J School? Do you need help looking for jobs and/or internships? Meet Connor Flood and Charnissia Smith, our Journalism Career Services team, who are here to help!

Connor Flood,
BSBA in Management, May 2016
MBA in progress, May 2018

What do you have to offer for Journalism students?

“Basically, you can come in with any question you may possibly have and we’ll do our best to help you in any way that we can. Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in 76F Gannett Hall. Otherwise, we offer a bi-weekly professional development workshop series. This is focusing around improving your abilities to search and obtain jobs as a professional. For example, we have an upcoming workshops to help students hone those skills.”

October 18, 2017
Interviewing 101
2 p.m. in Palmer Room, RJI

November 1, 2017
Leveraging LinkedIn
2 p.m. in Palmer Room, RJI

November 15, 2017
Job & Salary Negotiation
2 p.m. in Palmer Room, RJI

December 6, 2017
Networking 101
2 p.m. in Palmer Room, RJI


“We also have a bi-weekly email series that goes out with some tips and tricks using HireMizzouTigers, the recruitment website, and then we’ll also post a couple sample jobs or internships that are currently open as well as scholarships and fellowships whenever we receive them.”

How has working in Journalism Career Services assisted you?

“Essentially, I’m more knowledgeable and comfort able with public speaking through leading these professional development workshopsfor Journalism students.”

What is your best advice for underclassmen in the journalism field?

“My best advice: I know they kind of get an information overload, a lot of communications from the school and professors, so I’d say do your best and read everything carefully because you never know when there’s going to be an opportunity presented that could be really beneficial to you or something that could interest you. Otherwise, I say as far as looking for jobs and preparing for your search, internship search, start early, do it often, it’s never too soon to start thinking about that.”

Charnissia Smith
BJ in Strategic Communication and BA in English, May 2013
MBA in progress, May 2018

As an incoming journalism student, why should I be interested in the Journalism Career Services?

“[You can get] one-on-one feedback on cover letters, resumes, internship/job search documents, notifications on workshops and job opportunities within HireMizzouTigers.com, and the best resources for branding yourself professionally (i.e.Career Guides, Job Search Guides).”

What is your experience with journalism?   

“As an undergrad I received a Bachelor of Journalism with a Strategic Communication emphasis and Bachelor of Arts in English.”

What is your best advice for underclassmen in the journalism field?

“Make 3 lists: top 10 companies you want to work for, mid-tier companies you want to work for, and ‘I could work here’ companies tyou wouldn;t mind working for. Start looking for jobs/internships early. See what’s out there in August/September. Keep up the momentum – look for opportunities all throughout the school year.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

“Think about your dream job and find the company with that opportunity. If the opportunity is not there, create it.”