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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication



The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication alumni offer a wonderful mentoring opportunity for those HIGHLY motivated students looking for work in the communication industry upon graduation. This program is intended to leverage the talent, experience, knowledge and professional networks of alumni and other professional volunteers to coach Murrow juniors and seniors who have demonstrated the discipline and perseverance required to secure a good entry-level job in communication.


To be eligible for the Murrow Mentors program, you must be a junior in good academic standing with a minimum of 60 completed credits and a maximum of 75 completed credits after grades post in May 2019. You must be certified in one of Murrow’s three degree programs. In addition, you must have completed and passed Com 300 with a C or better.

Not all students will be matched with a mentor. Matching occurs in late spring/early summer for a fall start or in the winter for spring start. Matching is based on available mentors.

The Murrow Mentor Program has a rolling application cycle with most matches being made every summer for a fall start. There will be some off cycle mentors available mid year. Students apply for a mentor through the cougsync portal. If questions, contact Sara Stout at

Apply to be a Murrow Mentor


The Murrow Mentors are volunteers (and not necessarily Murrow alumni) who offer their time and expertise to help Murrow juniors and seniors prepare to pursue good jobs in communication. Participating students are selected and matched to a mentor aligned with their area of specialty and, when possible, who reside in the geographical region desired by the student.


Each mentor has committed to a minimum of eight one hour meetings per academic year, conducted by phone or Skype, with their assigned student. The first meeting should occur within a week of being matched with a student and continue through the student’s remaining terms to graduation. The eight meetings are the minimum and mentors and students are encouraged to meet more frequently if their schedules allow.

Murrow Mentoring Program - Mentor App

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  • Thank you for your interest in the Murrow Mentoring Program. To become a mentor, please complete this short application.


    As a Murrow Mentor you are responsible for the facilitation and support of student success through the development of: resume, portfolio of work, networking and interviewing skills, salary negotiation and other foundational requirements necessary to transition into a Communications field. Other requirements include:

    • Willingness to share industry expertise and professional resources [such as search firms, web sites, professional meetings] that can assist your mentee in becoming more knowledgeable in his or her chosen area.
    • Ability to drive independent and critical thinking of your mentee without telling them what or how they should do things
    • Encourage your mentee to formulate questions and identify specific issues to discuss prior to each meeting.
    • Assist your mentee in bridging the gap between university and professional life.
    • Provide ongoing and constructive feedback while recognizing accomplishments.

Meetings and Milestones

With just eight meetings time is limited and mentors and students must make efficient use of their monthly meetings and commit to achieving specific meeting milestones

  • November/December – Student identifies a specific career objective and commits to developing resume tailored to stated objective and to bring resume to the second meeting for mentor review.
  • January/February – Resume reviewed with, and improved by, mentor (this may require more time and collaboration than a single one-hour meeting).  Student and mentor discuss a preliminary list of target industries and target companies student has an interest in.
  • March/April – Student brings resume and list of target companies to meeting three.  Mentor and student refine a list of target companies to 20 +/- and finalize resume. Define outreach and communications plan with target companies utilizing email, LinkedIn and leveraging Mentor’s network.  (Spring Break is March 9 – 16, an ideal time for students to interview if they are ready).
  • April/May/June – Refine resume, target company list, and outreach plan.  Role play and practice interview techniques and answers to interview questions.  Continue to leverage all relationships to drive outcome:  mentor’s network, WSU and Murrow networks, other alumni, etc.

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Rich Johnson

Sr. Public Affairs Manager, USAA

BA Broadcast Communication, Washington State University (‘99)

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