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A guide for communication majors starting their research.

Professional Organizations

Browsing the websites of communication organizations can help you find research topics. These organizations are a good place to look for jobs and internships. They are also a great place to discover trending issues currently happening in the field and to become familiar with some of the current communication leaders you may want to follow. Becoming a member of a professional organization is also an excellent way to advance your knowledge as well as your future career. Find the organization that works most for you, this list is just a start.

American Communication Association
"The ACA is a not-for-profit virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of communication scholars and practitioners."

American Forensics Association
Runs the National Debate and National Individual Events tournaments for high school and college students.

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
"The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is a non-profit, educational association of journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals."

Association for Women in Communications
" .. champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines..."

Communication Institute for Online Scholarship
" ... not-for-profit organization supporting the use of computer technologies in the service of communication scholarship and education"

International Communication Association (ICA)
"An academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication."

International Speech Communication Association
"Promoting international speech communication, science and technology"

International Telecommunications Society
"An association of professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors."

National Communication Association
Promotes communication scholarship and education, represents educators, practitioners and students in all areas of communication studies.

National Speakers Association
The leading organization for professional speakers.

Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR)
Organization for professionals "who are concerned with the challenges and rewards of intercultural relations."

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