The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications encourages undergraduate students to complete internships, multiple internships if possible, to help prepare them for careers in the field of communicaitons.
The internship program offers students the opportunity to sharpen their professional skills under the critical eyes of practitioners, to relate their education in the arts and sciences to communications professions and to explore career interests.
Internships represent a vital part of the proven approach that the College utilizes to help prepare students for success. That combination of classroom instruction, campus media opportunities and career preparation provides a well-rounded experience for students. Plus, a dedicated, three-person staff focuses exculsively on internships and career services in the College.
During internships students get hands-on real life experience, opportunities that allow them to better understand potential careers -- enabling them to confirm their intended plans or learn more about a field in a manner that's simply not possible through experience limited only to the classroom.
Students complete some 500 for-credit internships each calendar year, and whether the experience heightens their passion for a career path or helps them reevaluate what they want, those students invariably appreciate the opportunity an internship provides.
In addition, Penn State's career-services efforts were recently ranked as the second best in the nation among all colleges and universities.
The Office of Internships and Career Services conducts two communications-specific job fairs each spring.
JobExpo.Comm is conducted on campus and Success in the City is conducted in New York City. Both are specifically for Penn State communications students.
In the past 16 years, more than 800 companies and 7,500 students have attended JobExpo. Likewise, some 400 students travel to New York City for that daylong event each year. Alone or in combination, the events provide valuable opportunities to connect students with internships or job openings.
Success in the City
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
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COMM Career Center
This College of Communications resource is a one-stop shop for students and recent graduates to pursuing communications-specific jobs.