Internships provide you with valuable hands-on experience in the communication field that complements your coursework, and expands career opportunities. Completing one or more internships while in college also makes you a highly desirable employment applicant. Both credit and non-credit internships help you to build an impressive resume.
Communication students hold a wide range of internships in areas such as, TV production, film/video editing, radio production/promotions, advertising, corporate and nonprofit public relations and human resources.
Comn 395 (Internship in Communication) is the standard course name used for internships for all qualified Communication majors. In order to qualify for internship credit at Geneseo, the following requirements must be met:
- 2.75 overall GPA with a 3.0 in the major
- Junior or senior standing (some selected sophomores may also be eligible)
Ranging from a minimum of 3 credits to a maximum of 15 credits, these internships take place during Fall/Spring semesters, and over the full Summer Session. (Fall/Spring internships are included in that semester's tuition. Summer internships require payment for each credit hour.)
Steps in the Internship Process
- Fill out the Internship Application form, available online here. Applications should be completed before pursuing any internship opportunities. The purpose of the application is to prepare the student for seeking an internship.
After filling out the application, please see Debbie Lowery, the Department secretary in Blake B122, to set up an appointment with Dr. Herman to review your application.
- After submitting your application, make sure to attend your appointment.
At the application appointment, Dr. Herman will discuss placement possibilities tailored to your specific career interests. If you have researched internship opportunities, bring those to the initial appointment as well. To further explore your options, you will be able to look at a wide range of current internship calls on file in Blake B 115 and the Career Services Office in Blake A 104 or on their website. If your application is approved, you will need to complete a contract for registration. The contract represents the behavioral expectations you and your field supervisor will agree upon for your internship (similar to a syllabus). Please download the form and type as much information as possible into the fields. Download copy of contract here.
- Send Resume and Cover Letters to formally apply for your selected internship opportunities.
The Resume and Cover Letter Guidelines booklet available from Career Services (Blake A 104) will be helpful to you in this stage. Other sources are available online, both through Geneseo Career Services and Job Choices Online, to help you create your resume and cover letter.
- Interview for Internships:
Interested organizations will respond to your application and call you for an interview to determine if you match their needs for an intern. At that time, you can find out additional information about the work environment, in order to assess whether you feel this placement would meet your own needs. Internship placements are becoming quite competitive, and you may go on several interviews before the right match for student and organization is found. Interviewing for an internship is much the same as a full-time employment interview, so you need to plan on presenting yourself in a highly professional way.
- Give Dr. Herman your completed contract to register.
When you accept an offer of an internship, you need to complete the contract and have it signed by yourself, your field supervisor, and Dr. Herman. The contract requires important information, such as contact information, the number of credit hours you will receive, the hours/times of work, description of specific duties, and required signatures. Dr. Herman, will submit the completed contract to the Records Office where the credits are added to your class schedule. It is helpful to do an internship during a semester that will allow you blocks of time to spend at the organization (i.e. T/TH free; M/W/F afternoons etc.). Also, the college strongly suggests that you register for no more than 16 hours including the internship during Fall and Spring semesters.
Minimum Hours of work required for semester credit are:
- 1 credit = 37.5 minimum work hours
- 2 credits = 75
- 3 credits = 114
- 4 credits = 150
- 6 credits = 225
- 9 credits = 338
- 12 credits = 450
- 15 credits = 563
(One credit equals 37.5 hours of field work)
- Internship Grade Requirements
As shown on the contract, your grade for the internship is determined by the following items:
Examples of Internship Placements
- CBS News – New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
- Clear Channel Radio – Rochester, NY
- The David Letterman Show Audiences Unlimited – New York, NY
- Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper – Rochester, NY
- Disney College Program – Orlando, FL
- Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. – Lake Buena Vista, FL
- ESPN, both radio and television
- Gates Chili Continuing Education – Rochester, NY
- Genesee Sun – Geneseo, NY
- Greenpeace USA – Washington, D.C.
- Livingston County News – Geneseo, NY
- Mary's Place Outreach – Rochester, NY
- MTV Networks – New York, NY
- Nickelodeon Networks – New York, NY
- Office of Senator Gillibrand or Senator Schumer – Washington, D.C.
- Rachel Ray Show – New York, NY
- Rochester Amerks and Red Wings – Rochester, NY
- Rochester TV Stations: WHEC, WROC, WOKR, FOX, R-News – Rochester, NY
- Roberts Communications – Rochester, NY
- Stephens Media Group: WARM 101.3, The Zone @ 94.1, Fickle 93.3 – Rochester, NY
- SUNY Geneseo (various departments)
- United Way – Geneseo, NY
- Walt Disney World Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL
- YNN Rochester – Rochester, NY
SUNY Brockport Washington Internship
SUNY Brockport offers a semester-long (15 credit hour) internship program located in Washington, D.C. Positions are available in government, media, business, international affairs, and non-profit organizations.
For a full description of the program, as well as information regarding how to apply, please visit their website.
For additional internship information and opportunities, please click on the following link: http://www.geneseo.edu/student_employment/internships