Internships are designed to provide an opportunity to identify connections between the communications major and a possible career. Specifically, it is expected that an internship experience will allow for:
- Exploration of a potential career path
- Application of knowledge of communication in a practical work setting
- Development of new communication skills
- Cultivation of valuable contacts
Students have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to many types of internship positions, depending on interests and background. Some examples of internship areas include:
- Public relations
- Radio Broadcasting and Promotions
- Television Broadcasting and Promotions
- Fundraising and development
- Political campaigns
- Business training and development
- Sports and entertainment
- Speech writing
It is highly recommended that students do their internship during the 7th or 8th semester. Internships are usually 3 credits, and count toward Comm major requirements at the 400 level. Internships for other credit value may be explored with the internship coordinator.
Internships in the communications major are required and are offered year-round. No part of an internship may be done for credit outside of the semester in which the student is registered.
Please be advised that before a student starts the internship, it is important to contact Internship Coordinator, Susan Fredricks at [email protected] to obtain detailed information about the requirements, essential paperwork, time frame and semesters in which a student can perform the internship, and discuss exactly what is expected to successfully complete Comm 495.
The corporate communications program here at Brandywine has some wonderful ties in the greater Philadelphia area, and the goal is to send forth students who are completely prepared. That said, the following plan of action is highly recommended for prospective interns prior to obtaining an internship.
Essential courses such as Comm 100, Comm 260W, Comm 370 and Mktg 301 should be completed before attempting an internship. Ideally, the internship should be done somewhere in the last 2-3 semesters so that students have acquired the breadth of knowledge and skills necessary for use in the field.
It is highly recommended that communications students have also completed the upper level courses of Comm 471, Comm 473, Comm 409, and/or Comm 476 prior to the internship experience.
Additionally, students should take a few minutes to register for the “Brandywine Communications Degree Information” group on Canvas. Doing so assures that students receive the latest updates regarding internship opportunities and other pertinent communications information.
For more information on internships, contact Susan Fredricks at: [email protected].
Some Previous Internship Sites
- Crozer Keystone Health System
- New York Life Insurance Company
- PA Liquor Control Board
- Slater/Brooksbank Casting
- Philadelphia Magazine
- Comcast Spectacor
- Delaware County Memorial Hospital
- Disney Company
- Point Roll
- Beasley Media Group
- Wilmington Blue Rocks