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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Opportunities Beyond the CMST Classroom

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Whenever possible, Communication Studies students should strive to get involved with co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities beyond the classroom. You will enhance your communication talents, build your resume, and strengthen your understanding of self and others.

Here is a partial list of exciting opportunities!

Opportunities in Communication Studies

Maverick Forensics—Our nationally-ranked speech and debate team provides students with a wide range of opportunities to develop and improve as a public speaker and performer. Any student can participate and no previous competitive speech or debate experience is needed. 

Lamda Pi Eta—Our department’s own honor society. 

Internships—A great way to earn course credits while applying your communication knowledge and experience.

Opportunities on Campus

RSOs (registered student organizations)—The university has a student organization for almost any interest.

The MSU Reporter—Students from a variety of majors write for our campus newspaper. Communication Studies majors really have to become excellent writers. 

The Southern Minnesota News Project—A number of our students over the years have worked for KSMU Radio's student-run news organization. A great activity even if you don’t want to be a newsperson.  KMSU is our campus and community radio station.  Contact Karen Wright for more information about the Southern Minnesota News Project (507-389-5678 or

University Ambassadors—These students lead campus tours and represent the university in other ways. Excellent opportunity to build communication skills.

New-Student Orientation—A number of students gain great professional experience working with MNSU’s orientation program.

Student Events Team—Interested in event planning? Check out the opportunities with the Student Events Team.

Alternative Spring Break—A great chance to learn and serve.

Campus Kitchens—An excellent opportunity to help fight hunger in Greater Mankato.

Opportunities in Greater Mankato

Office of Community Engagement--Can help you find volunteer opportunities off campus

Greater Mankato Events Page--Helps you find all kinds of unique opportunities around Mankato. a wide list of volunteering opportunities around Mankato. When you can find the time to volunteer, you often learn a great deal, get a better sense of direction, build your resume, and make a positive contribution in your community.

Greater Mankato United Way--Also provides a range of volunteer opportunities around Mankato.

Opportunities in the Twin Cities

Hands on Twin Cities—A wide range of volunteering options for our students at the Normandale Partnership Center and others who live in the Twin Cities.

United Way Twin Cities—One more site offering a range of volunteering opportunities throughout the Twin Cities.