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Communication Studies Capstone


The Communication Studies Capstone is the culminating experiential component of the CMST curriculum for a major, the practicum or internship experience that helps students synthesize their learning from previous course work within a real organizational experience that focuses on development of communication skills and reflection upon communication theories. Students can choose to do A) a Capstone Practicum (CMST 494) for 3 credits (135 hours/semester) in the Fall, Spring, or Summer; or B) a Capstone Internship (CMST 492 for 3 credits + CMST 495 for 6-12 credits) (240-480 hour/semester) in the Summer.

Students should keep the following checklist in mind to prepare for the Capstone experience:

  • Keep course materials, including notes, handouts, and texts from all major courses (and other courses as relevant) to use for Capstone reflection.
  • Plan ahead for your practicum or internship Capstone experience by talking with your advisor, the Capstone advisor, Dr. Ruminski, and by attending Department events and networking opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • Sign up when eligible: Students must take CMST 102, CMST 335, CMST 451, and one additional 3-credit CMST course before signing up for Capstone.
  • Permission is also required to register, so talk through your decision about doing the Capstone with your academic advisor at least one semester before you hope to do it. Follow up with the Capstone instructor in the semester prior to your Capstone; you will receive materials and begin the process of negotiating a contract with Capstone site supervisor based on the job description for the position you will do.
  • Positions are available on and off campus; in the department, students can serve as a department assistant, an undergraduate learning assistant with CMST 102, or as a Mountainside Community Mediation Center intern.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at elruminski@frostburg.edu.

Competitive Positions affiliated with the CMST department:

Capstone Press Releases

Josef EppsFrostburg State University senior, Josef Epps from Forestville, MD, completed his Communication Studies Capstone during he Fall Semester of 2013. He worked witht he Savage River Watershed Association in Frostburg, MD, as the Internet and Social Media Intern. Josef is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Graphic Design. He created pages for teh association on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler, and gave concrete input on what the organization should do in regards to their website, logo, and potentially a slogan that could carry on with the association. ...read on

Taylor VandegriftFrostburg State University senior, Taylor Vandegrift, completed her Communication Studies capstone through a 3-credit internship withint he department of Communication Studies. Specifically, she worked independently as the department's undergraduate learning assistant (ULA) and completed assignments and events under the supervision of Dr. Kice, assistant professor and basic course coordinator for Communication Studies. Vandegrift is graduating with a degree in Communication Studies, with a concentration in Organizational Communication and Conflict Management, and is ...read on

Megan FoyFrostburg State University senior, Megan Foy of Poolesville, MD completed her Communication Studies Capstone this fall semester. Foy majored in Communication Studies and minored in Coaching. Foy earned her three-credit internship at The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf Mountain in Montgomery County, MD. The Comus Inn is a historic event-planning venue that hosts weddings, business parties, baby showers, etc. Foy worked alongside the company's Director of Sales and Events, Cheryl Cox and General Manager Lou Mehrdad, and performed tasks such as ...read on 

Robert MichelsFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Robert Michels completed his Communication Studies Capstone experience with Mountainside Community Mediation Center (MCMC) in Frostburg, MD. He worked with MCMC Program Coordinator Jerilyn Jackson as an Assistant Program Coordinator.  He help to generate interest in the services that MCMC offered by improving their social media outlets. Michels is the proud son of ...read on
 

Jessica CurryFrostburg State University senior, Jessica Curry of Lanham, MD completed her Communication Studies Capstone for the Fall 2013 semester in the Visual Arts Department. Curry is a Communication Studies major, and workerd with Pete Herzfeld, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, and Susan Dodge, Lecturer of Visual Arts. Together they were working to improve the Graphic Design program for the department. Curry is anticipating graduation ...read on       

Courteney NavariniFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Courteney Navarini completed her Communication Studies Capstone experience as an intern in the Human Resources Department for the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Courteney was supervised by the VA’s Human Resources Supervisory Specialist, Tera Sheppard since May 2013. Courteney is currently majoring in Communication Studies, at Frostburg State, with a concentration in Conflict Management ...read on

Shayna KramerFrostburg State University senior, Shayna Kramer of Bowie, MD completed her Communication Studies Capstone this summer. Kramer is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Health Promotion. She is the Past President for the on campus organization The BURG Peer Education Network. She is anticipating graduating in December 2013. Kramer completed her three credit internship at Social Solutions International, Inc in Silver Spring, MD.  Social Solutions International, Inc is a ...read on

Brooke HughesFrostburg State University Senior Brooke Hughes completed her Communication Studies Capstone in the form a 3-credit semester long internship with the Mountainside Community Mediation Center. She worked alongside MCMC Program Coordinator Jerilyn Jackson as her Assistant Program Coordinator. She worked to help create and generate interest in the services that are offered by MCMC by planning events and working on different promotional materials to help bring ...read on
 

Jeremy MartinFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Jeremy Nicolas Martin completed his Communication Studies Capstone experience as an intern within the Communication Studies Department. He worked alongside David Stern, a Lecturer of Communication Studies at Frostburg, to help run the department’s social media accounts, as well as conducting research to help market the Communication Studies major to other students. Martin hails from Jonesboro, GA, and is ...read on

Genesis MartinezFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Genesis Martinez of Potomac, MD, completed her Communication Studies Capstone this spring semester. For the past 15 weeks, Martinez served as the Diversity Center office assistant intern under the supervision of Diversity Center Director Robin Wynder and Assistant Director Victoria Snyder. Martinez is a Communication Studies major with a track in Leadership Communication and has a Spanish minor. She served as ...read on

Sarah Wampler FSU Senior Sarah Wampler has completed her 3-credit capstone internship experience with April Baer and CHILL Choices. She worked along Ms. Baer as the public relations intern focusing on digital media and promotion with Facebook and Twitter. While working with April, Sarah created a social media campaign for Facebook to ...read on
 

Lauree HollandFrostburg State University (FSU) senior Lauree Holland completed her Communication Studies capstone in the form of a 3-credit internship with the Student Activities and Greek Life Department under the supervision of Robert N. Cooper, Director of the department. Holland is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Psychology, a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, and she will be inducted into Lambda Phi Eta, ...read on

 

Kayla MillerFrostburg, MD, May 6, 2013- Frostburg State University (FSU) Senior Kayla Ann Miller completed her Communication Studies Capstone experience with a 3-credit semester long internship within the Communication Studies Department.  She worked with Dr. Robbie Cordle, Director of Career Services. Career Services helps students build their resumes, find jobs and internships hold career fairs and provide mock interviews to prepare students for ...read on

John AdamsFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior John Alan Adams completed his Communication Studies Capstone experience with a 3-credit semester long internship within the Communication Studies Department. He worked alongside Dr. Brent Kice, assistant professor of Communication Studies, in helping to conduct research for the redesign of the beginner course for the CMST major, CMST-102: Introduction to Human Communication. Adams hails from ...read on

Brian AndersonFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Brian Anderson completed his Communication Studies Capstone in the form of a 3-credit practicum this spring for Freestate ChalleNGe Academy under the supervision of Placement Coordinator Keith Hammond.  Anderson is a Communication Studies major and Management minor who played Division III basketball for the past 4 years at FSU, serving as the team captain for 3 years.  He is from ...read on


Brittany MorrisonFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Brittany Morrison, of Baltimore, MD, completed her Communication Studies Capstone this spring semester. For the past 15 weeks, Morrison served as the Communication Studies Department assistant under the supervision of Department Chair Dr. Elesha Ruminski. As department assistant, Morrison aided the department with internal and external communication on and off campus. Morrison is a Communication Studies major with ...read on


Bryan RiceFrostburg State University (FSU) Senior Bryan Rice completed his Communication Studies Capstone experience in the form of a 3-credit practicum this Spring... liaison between MCMC and FSU’s Residence Life Office (RLO). Rice focused on promoting the mediation center as a ...read on

Ashley Phillips Ashley Phillips, a senior at Frostburg State University who currently resides in Hyattsville, Maryland, has recently completed an internship with the non-profit organization Jobs with Justice. Phillips is Communication Studies Major and Computer Science Minor. Phillips is also the Public Relations Chair of ...read on
John Mason Frostburg State University (FSU) senior John Mason recently finished a Communication Studies Capstone internship for 3 credit hours by working with the insurance and financial services firm National Agents Alliance (NAA). FSU’s Department of Communication Studies requires students to fulfill ...read on
Eric Chaney Frostburg State University senior Eric Chaney completed his degree in Communication Studies this summer. Chaney officially graduated in August. Chaney was a member of the Communication Studies Student Association and graduated with honors with a GPA of 3.5. Chaney, who is a Cumberland native, ...read on
Erin Morrell Frostburg State University Senior Erin Morrell completed her Communication Studies Capstone experience with a 15-credit summer semester Internship in the Marketing Department of RK&K engineering firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Morrell—a Communication Studies major and a Leadership Studies minor...read on
Stephanie Hood EDJ Associates Inc, located in Rockville MD, has benefited from the creative contributions of Frostburg State University (FSU) Communication Studies major Stephanie Hood. The Frostburg State University Department of Communication Studies requires students to fulfill a Capstone experience ...read on
Erin Laudwein Frostburg State University (FSU) Senior Erin Laudwein completed her Communication Studies Capstone experience in the form of a 3-credit practicum this summer for the City of Gaithersburg’s Arts and Special Events Division, under the supervision of Elizabeth Poole, Recreation Program Specialist for the City of Gaithersburg ...read on
Daniel Parry In an effort to complete graduation requirements at the Frostburg State University (FSU), Communications Studies student Daniel Parry has been working as a full-time intern at Giant Food, Inc., fulfilling the role of a human resources intern. Under the supervision of human resources manager ...read on
Rebecca Mathews Frostburg State University (FSU) student and Cumberland local Rebecca Mathews has been working this summer at Rocky Gap State Park to fulfill her capstone requirement for the Department of Communication Studies. The department requires each student to fulfill a practicum or...read on
Jennifer Hunt Frostburg State University Senior Jennifer Hunt completed her Communication Studies Capstone experience in the form of a 3-credit practicum this Spring for the university’s Communication Studies Department under the mentorship of Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. Hunt, a Communication Studies major...read on
Lawanda Lewis For the spring semester of 2009, the Office of Career Services at Frostburg State University has benefited greatly from their Communication Studies Capstone intern. Just a junior student, the intern’s contribution to the office has increased its overall effectiveness. Communication Studies major Lawanda Lewis began her Capstone experience with Career...read on