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Student Committees

Group of students at talentQ
Co-leaders of the talentQ committee plan the annual talentQ Expo, which features industry experts.

In IMC, you have many ways to get involved outside of the classroom by joining student committees. You can even become a leader on a committee. The topics vary and cover a wide variety of interests, such as cause marketing, blog writing, leadership and networking. Joining a committee is a great way to gain new skills, meet more students and gain experience for your resume.

Learn more about each of the IMC student committees below.

Cause Marketing Initiative (CMI)

CMI LogoIn the Cause Marketing Initiative (CMI), you work with a team of IMC students on a marketing communications project for a local nonprofit organization. Projects may include creating a social media strategy or developing a plan to brand the nonprofit. CMI gives you a chance to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to an organization that would benefit from your marketing knowledge. In turn, Chicago-area and national nonprofits use this pro bono marketing support to further their community reach and social impact through improved communications. Each spring, teams present their work to their clients, and the CMI leadership team hosts a celebration where you can learn about all of the work each team conducted throughout the quarter.

Visit CMI website

Global Perspectives Planning Committee

The Global Perspectives Planning Committee helps organize a two-week business and cultural immersion trip to Asia for IMC students. The committee plans various facets of the study tour to observe different economies, marketing practices and IMC in action across the globe.

IMC Student Leadership Committee (SLC)

Collaborate with staff, fellow students and faculty through the Student Leadership Committee, which focuses on sharing ideas, finding solutions and initiating positive changes in the IMC Full-Time program. Through SLC, you and your fellow committee members serve as program representatives, advocating for yourselves and fellow students on specific ideas, interests and concerns to the Medill/IMC administration.

Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications (JIMC)

JIMC LogoJIMC is a student-led publication and offers you the unique opportunity to work with an industry expert on an article that addresses a current topic in marketing communications. You, as an associate editor, find an author to write an article about the types of complex issues professionals are facing, tackling and solving. This gives you a chance to make connections and network with experts within the industry. You then work with your author to provide feedback and edit his/her article, all the while learning from his or her perspective and expertise. All of the articles are then published in an annual print piece, the Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications. The JIMC leadership team hosts a launch event to officially release each year’s issue.

Visit JIMC website

Medill Asian Student Association (MASA)

Asian Student Association LogoMedill Asian Student Association (MASA) is dedicated to building and promoting IMC’s Asian student community. The committee’s goal is helping the IMC community gain a greater understanding of Asian culture through programming, events and camaraderie. In addition, MASA provides a social and professional network for Medill students and people who are interested in Asia.

Visit MASA Facebook page

Oratoria

Oratoria’s objective is to help students feel comfortable speaking in front of audiences of various sizes. You learn public speaking techniques and have the opportunity to practice speaking in various formats, including elevator speeches, speeches on specific topics, debates and networking events. You learn from other students while sharing feedback and tips.

Social Committee

The Social Committee is committed to building the IMC community and creating a rich social and cultural experience to complement the academic experience for all IMC students. The committee takes advantage of the many cultural offerings in the Evanston and Chicago area and organizes multiple events each quarter.

TalentQ

Talent Q LogoThe talentQ team provides marketing communications industry exposure and connection for Medill IMC graduates to better perform in the marketplace. The committee connects IMC students with alumni and marketing experts through workshops, speaking engagements, panel discussions and networking events. It also hosts several employer events throughout the year to help students connect to job opportunities and network with potential employers. Every fall, the team hosts the talentQ Expo in which approximately 350 marketing communications professionals, Medill alumni and current students come together to hear from industry experts and a keynote speaker. Past speakers have included the CEO of Pizza Hut, SVP of marketing at Starbucks and the former global director of partner marketing and content strategy at Twitter.

Visit talentQ website

Vitamin IMC

Vitamin IMC LogoVitamin IMC is a student-run blog developed to educate marketers, companies and potential students about integrated marketing communications. The blog strives to provide a fresh perspective by offering insights and analysis. As an IMC student, you can write on a variety of topics and serve as a contributing author for Vitamin IMC. Write about a great marketing campaign, a new perspective on how to engage consumers or the latest social media crisis. You can join the leadership team to edit and manage the production of the blog.

Visit Vitamin IMC website