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 numerous departments on campus, as well as in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations near campus, in and around Rochester and across New York. Internships happen during the academic year as well as in the summer in areas such as event planning, higher education administration, media production, television and radio broadcast, public relations and marketing, social media and human relations, as well as in other specific career areas such as physical therapy or law. Numerous other students have participated in the Disney College Program in recent years.
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 (please see the internship director if you have any questions about the requirements):
- 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 or Spring semesters, and over the Summer Session. (Fall and 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.
The form is available online here. If possible, 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 the Department secretary in Blake B122, to set up an appointment with Dr. Herman to review your application. You should also email Dr. Herman a copy of your current resume to review during your appointment.
- 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. There are two specific options for internship opportunities a student can explore at Geneseo before the meeting. Links at the bottom of this page provide lists of organizations Communication students have regularly used for internships. Career Development also maintains a database of opportunities employers have submitted from around the State. Further information about searching for jobs and internships is available on the Career Development website. If your application is approved, you will need to complete a contract (also called an Internship Agreement) for for the internship to be registered for credit. The contract represents the behavioral expectations you and your field supervisor will agree upon for your internship (similar to a syllabus).
- Send Resume and Cover Letters to formally apply for your selected internship opportunities.
Helpful information about writing resumes and cover letters is available from both Career Develoment and the online resource Quintessential Careers. Career Development also has a staff of trained student workers who can provide feedback and suggestions about your cover letter and resume. Further feedback is available from Dr. Herman.
- 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. Like earlier steps, helpful information is available through both Career Development and Quintessential Careers.
- Fill out the Internship Contract or Learning Agreement.
When you accept an offer of an internship, you need to complete an online Learning Contract available in Knightjobs on the Career Devleopment website (see "I Want To..." on the left side of the webpage). After you submit the Agreement an email message will be sent to your field supervisor (the person who will oversee your internship work). After that person approves the agreement an email will be sent to Dr. Herman for final approval. Upon his approval, the form will be sent to the Registrar's Office and the class will be created and appear on your transcript. During the registration process, Knightweb allows you to register for TEMP credits to act as a placeholder for an anticipated internship. This is a better options than registering for an arbitrary class you will drop in the future. However, only use TEMP if you are absolutely certain you will be getting an internship (and you only need to complete the Learning Agreement).
One part of the Learning Agreement requires the student to identify 3-5 learning objectives for the internship (as well as a clear job description). These learning objectives should entail goals you have for the internship beyond the tasks and work you will complete for your field supervisor. To prepare for filling out the Learning Agreement, download the guidelines for creating learning objectives and develop your objectives prior to beginning the Learning Agreement form.
When determining the number of credit hours, use the following scale to calculate how many credit hours you wish to register for. Note that you are not required to register for all the credit hours equivalent to the number of field hours you will complete. For example, in the summer, you could work six credit hours worth of time but only register for three credit hours worth of credit. The 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