Take an Internship and Test Drive a Professional Career in Communication Studies and Mass Communication

Why Should I Take An Internship?

  • Get a first hand look at various career options.
  • Build career skills.
  • Apply classroom knowledge at a work place.
  • Crystallize your career planning.
  • Earn college credits while you are away from the classroom.
  • Create a portfolio of records and samples documenting your knowledge and skills to enhance your opportunity of starting your first professional career.
  • Meet successful professionals and learn their secrets of success.
  • Establish contact with prospective employers.
  • Click here for a .pdf version of our Intership Application

Where Are The Internship Opportunities?

Internship placements are available across New York State and throughout the Northeast. A wide variety of agencies are currently participating in the department internship program which represents the fields of electronic and print media, public relations, advertising, marketing, sales and promotions, state government, human relations, and theater arts. Examples of participating agencies include:

ABC Television, CBS, CNN, Comedy Central, FOX, HBO, MTV, PBS, WBNG, WRGB, NY1News
Recording Industry:
EMI Records, Polygram Records, SONY, Warner, Island Def Jam
Public Relations:
Bozell Public Relations, Rogers & Cowan, Grays, Putnam Berkley Group, The Bronx Zoo, Nat’l Baseball Hall of Fame, Bassett Hospital, Fox Memorial Hospital
KATZ Communication, DDB Needham Worldwide Advertising, McCann-Erikson, Nat’l Soccer Hall of Fame
DNR, Time Magazine, MAD, The Wall Street Journal, US, Penguin Books, DK Publishing, The Daily Star
Public Service:
Anti-Defamation League, Opportunities for Otsego, Mediation Services, and the American Cancer Society

What Are The Requirements For Taking An Internship?

  • Internships are for Juniors and Seniors with a major and/or minor study in the Department of Communication Arts.
  • Students should have a major GPA of at least 2.5, and have passed the College Writing Exam at the time of application.
  • Students are required to enroll in MCOM 397 or COMM 397. The number of course credit hours may vary between 3 and 15, depending on the nature of internship, student academic need, and time spent on the internship. Students are required to work 40 hours for every one credit hour.
  • Student interns are required to maintain a weekly journal of their internship activities and to answer a set of questions via e-mail to the internship office. Students must also prepare a final paper via e-mail summarizing their experience at the conclusion of their internships.
  • Grading is based on the quality of an intern’s performance, daily journal, self-evaluation report, agency supervisor’s evaluation    and the department Internship Coordinator’s observations.
  • All internship credits are graded as Pass/Fail only.

What Are Other Benefits Of Taking An Internship?

College credits received from an internship can be used in at least four different ways:

  1. all internship credits can be used as general elective credits.
  2. all internship credits can be used toward upper division credit requirement.
  3. up to six credit hours can be applied toward elective requirements for majors in the Communication Arts Department.
  4. up to three credit hours can be applied toward the requirements for a minor in the Communication Arts Department.
Internship credits do not count as liberal arts credits.

How Do I Go About Getting An Internship?

Interested students must submit an application to the department Internship Coordinator. Application deadlines for internships are as follows: December 1 for spring semester, May 1 for summer term, and August 1 for fall semester.

Students should prepare a resume and a cover letter by the time they apply for an internship. After discussing their area of interest in an interview session with the Internship Coordinator, students will search for and target related placements to which they will send their resume with cover letter.

Generally, placement agencies will respond to students through mail or by phone to set up interviews. Following interview and acceptance into an internship program, a student must once again meet with the Internship Coordinator and complete an internship application form and internship description. The Internship Coordinator will approve or disapprove the internship and notify the internship agency regarding the completion of the registration process. Students will receive internship credits upon successful completion of all internship requirements.

For further information and inquiry, please contact:

Jacqueline S. Bruscella, Ph.D. Internship Coordinator, Department of Communication & Media, (607) 436-3052 or email at Jacqueline.Bruscella@oneonta.edu

Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.