School of Communication graduate student, Christopher Waldeck, was recently hired as an account executive with IHeartMedia. In his position, he currently works full time while pursuing his MA in Media/Communication Studies and a certificate in Project Management. IHeartMedia formerly known as Clear Channel Communications, has over 236 million listeners and is responsible for the IHeartRadio App and the IHeartRadio music festivals. Before this position, Chris polished his resume with internships with companies like: College Social Magazine, Republican Party of Florida, and Disability Rights Florida.
When he’s not studying, Chris is actively involved on campus and in the community. Since his undergraduate career at Florida State, he has amassed over 750 hours of volunteer service in the community. Waldeck volunteered through the Center for Leadership & Social Change as well as completing the curriculum for Garnet and Gold Society, and as a brother of Alpha Phi Omega Iota Rho, the service fraternity at Florida State University. He’s a member of numerous honor societies on campus and also is currently a founding board member and officer of the Delta Epsilon Iota honor society. He is the current Career and Social chair with a mission of bringing his professional knowledge and experiences as a student to help create a curriculum focused on developing professional skills that employers are looking for. He graduated with a B.S. in Media/Communication Studies and a 3.75 GPA and completed and defended his Honors in the Major thesis under the supervision of Dr. Stephen McDowell.
Chris says standing-out has gotten him to his current place in his career. He often refers to himself as a modern day “David” – from the Malcolm Gladwell story about David and Goliath. “I appear to be the underdog,” he shared. “But with creativity, resourcefulness and determination, I’ve found a way to separate myself from the crowd.” Outside his studies and volunteering, Chris is an avid reader and enjoys trading stocks. His personal ventures include working on a sports podcast, his own course on Udemy, and an energy review trade journal for Florida. “I like staying busy,” he laughed. Through his consistent productivity, he’s had a lot of experiences and continues to pursue new ones.
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