The Department of Communication encourages students to participate in an internship during their junior or senior years. Internships benefit students in a number of ways, including:
- Students will get a feel for the ways in which an education in communication is translated into the world of work.
- An internship will advance that education even further.
- Students will be more viable in the job market upon graduation because of their experience.
The Department is committed to developing internship opportunities for all Communication majors whether your major is Media and Public (COMM) or Interpersonal and Group (COMI). Students within the various communications programs have interned at many different types of sites, including broadcast stations, advertising agencies, and social service organizations. We will work with you to find an appropriate site for your internship, although your active pursuit of internship sites will serve you well in developing job-seeking skills.
To begin the internship process, please review the Department of Communication internship guidelines.
- The Department assumes the responsibility of matching site specific needs and the academic preparation of the student.
- Internships should be limited to junior and senior students.
- An intern is expected to devote a range of 9-11 hours per week to the internship experience per three (3) credit hours earned. The total hours (approximately 150) may be configured in any fashion according to the needs of the student and the on-site supervisor.
- The student will keep a journal of the experience. A summary analysis and the journal itself will be submitted to the faculty member overseeing the internship. In most cases this will be the Director of Internships. When the faculty supervisor is not the Director, the summary analysis and journal should be forwarded to the Director after the grade has been assigned.
- Mid-term and final evaluations of the student's performance by the on-site supervisor will be part of the overall evaluative process.
- The student will debrief the experience in a conference with the Director of Internships.
For more information, you can contact Mary Lou Brink and Daniel Reed (fall and spring internships) or Adam Dircksen (summer internships). Or, if you are on campus, you can stop by the office (Neff Hall 230) to pick up an application form.
What supervisors expect from incoming interns in terms of skills/knowledge: The following are some of the skills/knowledge supervisors expect interns to possess before starting an internship.
- Professional dress and attitude
- People skills
- Willingness to learn
- Willingness to take on responsibility
- Willingness to take risks
- Willingness to ask questions
- Solid grammar and spelling
- Detail oriented
- AP Style a plus/inverted pyramid style in writing news (if applicable to the position)
What interns will do/learn: Interns’ duties are quite varied depending upon the employer and position. It is a great experience for interns to become familiarized with the different aspects of the work environment and these experiences are a real plus on a resume.
- Write and report basic news stories
- Create on-air copy
- Conduct live and taped TV interviews
- TV control room: attaching clips and scripts to shows
- Assist the camera operator during broadcasts
- Run video cues
- Run teleprompters
- Broadcasting of events such as hockey games
- Advertising and marketing design: print materials and online
- Write marketing materials for event promotion
- Event planning and coordination
- Social media
- Human resources procedures
- Editing copy and websites
- Purchasing procedures
- Training packets
- Scheduling, setting up orientations, meetings, etc.
- Surveys/research: prepare and conduct
- Assist coaches
The following are some of the places/actual sites students could intern Note: These are just some of the opportunities. Additional internship possibilities are available.
- The News-Sentinel Newspaper
- WOWO Radio
- WBTU Radio
- WLDE Radio
- K105 Radio
- Northeast Indiana Public Radio
- Indiana News Center
- 21 Alive
- WFWA PBS 39
- High schools
- Youth camps
Audio/video production and equipment:
- Sweetwater Sound
- The Production Company
- Blue Pony Digital
- Come as you are Community Church
- Allen County Human Resources Department
Marketing, public relations, and sales:
- Fort Wayne Komets
- Fort Wayne Derby Girls
- Food companies and organizations
- Glenbrook Mall
- Government offices
- United Way
- Cinema Center
- Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble
- Parkview Hospital
- Lutheran Hospital
- Lutheran Health Sports Center
- The Parkview Foundation
- Allen County Public Library
- Caring About People
- Erin’s House for Grieving Children
- Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
- Cultural organizations such as the Performing Arts Center
- Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services
- Financial industry
- Lincoln Financial Corporation
- Tower Bank