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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

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 LogoThe Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications (JIMC) is an annual, IMC graduate student run publication that provides a comprehensive summary of what’s happening in the world of integrated marketing. The journal provides readers an in-depth look into the types of complex issues industry practitioners are facing and how they are using the fundamental principles of IMC to tackle and solve those issues. The JIMC leadership team and associate editors consist of students who work with marketing communications industry professionals on content—articles, interviews, profiles, research pieces and more—that relates to his/her career expertise/research. In addition to production of the publication, they also manage the online presence that includes supplemental content. The JIMC leadership team hosts a launch event to officially release each year’s issue. This committee is not only a way for you to add to your professional portfolio, but also to network with industry professionals.

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


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