Our Story

Welcome to the Comm Lab, where business students learn to communicate effectively in academic and professional contexts.

The Communication Lab began in 2008, funded with seed money from Ernst & Young, the Mays Business School Center for Executive Development and the Mays Business School Full-Time MBA Program. Initially connected to a single undergraduate business course, the Communication Lab was restructured in 2011 and now provides resources for all Mays Business School students. Students who want to strengthen their professional voice now recognize the Communication Lab as a welcoming, challenging learning environment, where “20 minutes with a consultant is invaluable, as it leads to your career.”

Communication Lab consultants are current business students who successfully apply in the spring and subsequently complete an intensive training process to build a collaborative work environment and polish individual skills. Both business communication consultants (BCCs) and portfolio consultants (PCs) are passionately committed to learning and service, which makes this peer coaching student job the perfect professional development opportunity. As they deepen their knowledge throughout their tenure, consultants apply critical thinking frameworks and active listening skills to their daily interactions with peer clients.

Business students come to the Communication Lab for writing, speaking and personal website development. Student clients meet with BCCs and PCs to clarify their thinking and refine their approach to any communication piece. When preparing for a new leadership position in a student organization, a prospective job opportunity, or a class writing or speaking assignment, students who visit with a consultant value the knowledgeable feedback.

In addition to providing one-on-one consultations to students, the Communication Lab offers in-class workshops upon faculty request, hosts independent seminars open to all business students, and facilitates the annual SUMMIT retreat to promote the role of reflection in personal and leadership development.