The Communication Department hosts several guest speakers each year who are distinguished in scholarly and professional fields. Among the recent speakers are David Gunkel, an award-winning educator and scholar in the field of information and communication technology, and author of Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology; and Jim Kennedy, vice president and director of strategic planning for the Associated Press. Students have a variety of opportunities to engage distinguished guests in conversation.
The College hosts an annual public speaking competition. The six speaking awards are among the most prestigious student honors on campus and include $10,000 in prizes. Topics and formats vary — persuasive speeches, informative speeches and essays may be considered. Additionally, Hamilton is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in communication studies. Membership is based on scholastic performance and commitment to the field.
There are also many resources available to help students across disciplines improve their communication skills and prepare for life — academic or professional — after Hamilton. Hamilton's Oral Communication Center offers support services, workshops and tutoring options designed to help students improve their public-speaking skills and classroom performance. The Nesbitt-Johnston Writing Center offers peer writing conferences to help students clarify, organize and strengthen their ideas.
Many communication students earn working internships in such professional fields as media production, public relations, marketing and advertising. The College's Maurice Horowitch Career Center helps find and arrange internships in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and other locales.