Kickstart your Career

Internships are a great way to apply knowledge from the classroom to real-world experience. By applying your skills to the workforce, you have the chance to explore different career paths and specializations that suit your interests. In addition, the extra experience gained through an internship will boost your marketability. In fact, students who graduate with internship experiences are more likely than students without those experiences to find employment upon graduation.

Internships provide a great environment to meet professionals in the career field you want to pursue, as well as other interns who have similar interests. These connections often land our students with full-time job offers.

All students are encouraged to complete an internship, and students majoring in digital media, political communication and public relations are required to have three hours of internship credit upon graduation.

Questions? Email Nikki (Nichole) Harken at

Students doing an interview in the hallway.

What are the benefits of an internship?

Meaningful internships give students an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about a chosen field
  • Apply classroom theory to real work situation
  • Strengthen written and oral communication skills
  • Enhance their resume or graduate school application
  • Make contacts and network with professionals
  • Build confidence in your skills and knowledge

What do interns do?

Common Internship Titles

  • Training Assistant    
  • Assistant  Project Manager
  • PR Specialist
  • Special Event Coordinator
  • Field Operations Assistant  
  • Museum Assistant  
  • Marketing Intern
  • Production Assistant
  • Producer
  • Digital Editor
  • Promotion Assistant
  • Media Buyer    
  • Campaign Assistant
  • Regional Campaign Director

Common Internship Duties

  • Assist with company trainings/seminars
  • Create and give presentations regarding company policies, products, or procedures
  • Create curriculum
  • Coordinate and plan special events
  • Update promotional materials
  • Write press releases and speeches
  • Create advertising campaigns and media kits
  • Design and update websites
  • Design crisis plans
  • On-air camera time
  • Radio/Video production and editing
  • Sell advertising space for news, radio, and television stations
  • Create promotional digital materials
  • Prepare candidates for debates
  • Conduct research

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Organizations Hosting an Intern