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Internship Program  


As part of our program, students in their junior and senior year who have a GPA of 2.7 or higher are encouraged to apply for media internships with companies and nonprofit organizations in areas of interest as they relate to their course of study.  A 3-credit internship means that you must put in 120 internship hours.  During the Fall / Spring semester, most student complete 10 hours a week for 15 weeks.  Variations are available in the summer.  Students may earn up to 12 credits of internship as part of the major / minor.

Internships can assist students by providing experiences and knowledge in a variety of areas of interest that can lead to viable career paths.  In a competitive employment market, students can distinguish themselves by obtaining skill sets in professional environments, all the while making important professional inroads and contacts.  Internship experiences can also help students develop the confidence they need to secure their first job or graduate school opportunity.  

Some of the obvious advantages an internship offers:
Learn more about a chosen field. 
Apply classroom theory to real work situations. 
Become more knowledgeable about general work functions in particular fields. 
Identify and/or test interests and talents. 
Investigate organizational cultures. 
Learn career-related skills. 
Identify transferable skills. 
Strengthen written and oral skills. 
See if a selected career path is one you truly wish to work in. 
Find out what it's like to work in a business environment. 
Enhance and strengthen your resume. 
Make contacts to gain future employment. 
Bridge between college and work. 
Stimulate new interest in academic course work and frequently develop an interdisciplinary perspective. 
Gain an increased awareness of skills, attributes, personal qualities and values.