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Big School Resources, Small School Feel

Recognizing the best learning environments are not limited to classrooms, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications uses a proven approach to help prepare students for success. An emphasis on classroom instruction, campus media opportunities and career preparation represents the core of our educational philosophy. Most importantly, the College provides the opportunities and resources of a large university with the personalized feel and support of a small school.

Our Facilities

Students may utilize state-of-the-art labs in six buildings across campus. You'll learn using the same equipment and software used by professionals in the real world.

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Carnegie Photo Lab
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Student Support

We take student support seriously. Our advising and career services offices are here to assist you with course and major selection as well as study abroad opportunities and career preparation. Our Office of Multicultural Affairs also provides important services to students. In addition, Penn State provides a variety of resources for parents.

Ranked #2 in "The 10 Colleges with the Best Career Services" (CollegeMagazine.com, 2014)

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Campus Media Opportunities

Opportunities on campus are where you expand your experience, start building your portfolio, and prepare for internships and a career.

Internship Program

Our students complete 550 for-credit internships each year. And students are encouraged to complete multiple internships in order to find the right experience or fit as they pursue a career. Our internships office facilitates internships as well as numerous career-related opportunities and workshops.

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Internship FAQs

How easy is it to get internships?

More than 500 communications students complete internships every year, and they have done so at literally thousands of sites across a variety of different disciplines. Students are encouraged to complete internships and can get abundant support from the Office of Internships and Career Services.

How many internships do you suggest a student have?

Students are encouraged to complete multiple internships, because they provide real-world experience and allow students to sample a variety of different positions and working environments — enabling them to know both what they like and do not like about a specific career path.

Is completing an internship required in order to graduate?

Internships are highly recommended — employers value hands-on, real-life experience — but not required.

Are internships paid?

Each internship location has its own policies about compensation. In general, those close to the TV/media industry are unpaid, simply because they are so popular with many students competing for coveted spots. Some other internships are paid positions.

Other Opportunities

Want more than internships? Expand your horizons across the country, or the world.

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International

Through “embedded” courses or more than 160 study abroad programs, students gain exposure to different situations and prepare for the global professional environment of the 21st century.

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Washington Program

From Capitol Hill to CNN and the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.,offers a wide variety of academic, professional and cultural opportunities.

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Hollywood Program

Los Angeles is the creative hub for movie and television production and much more. Offered for the first time in 2016, the Hollywood Program coincides with the spring semester at Penn State.

Potential Internships & Employers

If you read on a college message board that you must attend a city school because of the internship opportunities, don't believe it. Our dedicated internship staff has built relationships with thousands of companies all across the country.

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Quintessential College Town

Penn State has nearly two dozen locations across Pennsylvania with about 40,000 undergraduates at the main campus in University Park, PA.

The beautiful and vibrant University Park campus shares a productive town-and-gown relationship with State College, PA, which has been noted as the quintessential college town by many publications and thousands of blue-and-white alumni.

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The corner of Allen Street and College Avenue at night, the heart of downtown
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The University Park Campus -- beautiful in the fall with changing leaves.
The Lion Shrine -- a popular place for taking photographs.
Old Main, the main administration building, lit up at night.
The Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the country.
The Penn State Arboretum.

Penn State At a Glance

  • #1

    Graduates rated by recruiters The Top 25 Recruiter Picks, Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2010

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    Three Consecutive National Championships, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, 2012-14

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    Best Average Finish in Big Ten and Northeast, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, 2007-2016

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    Colleges with alumni who will jump-start your career Business Insider, 2016

  • Top Ten

    School for Fashion Journalism, PR, Marketing & More Combined Writing/Broadcast, 2007-08

  • "Broad majors, strong curriculum."

    Recruiter Comment Cream of the Crop, Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2010

  • Most Promising

    Annually Ranked As A Leader by Students American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Minority Students Program

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    Public National University U.S. News and World Report

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We're in the middle of nowhere, and the center of it all.

Campus and town offer a lot, and the mountains and cities are not far away. With five of the largest East Coast cities—and nearly a third of the U.S. population—within a half-day drive, and the University Park Airport conveniently close to campus, road trips, internships, international opportunities and potential jobs are all within your grasp.

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Alumni

Our alumni return to campus often, visit classes, and regularly host events and students at their places of business. Our mentoring program, special events, and resources make networking a part of the educational process and help lead students to success.