Our students intern with newspapers, advertising agencies, public relations offices, magazines and TV and radio stations and networks. They complete more than 650 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.Learn more.
How easy is it to get internships?
More than 600 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.
Want more than internships? Expand your horizons even more and spend a semester in Washington D.C. or abroad.
Through “embedded” courses or more than 160 study abroad programs, students may gain exposure to different situations that help them open their minds, and possibly change their lives. Such experiences prepare students for the global professional environment of the 21st century.
Are there scholarships to help me study abroad?
Two specific scholarship funds exist to support students who study abroad.
When can I study abroad?
Numerous options exist, and students can select from English-speaking or non-English-speaking locations.
What are embedded courses?
Students complement a semester of work with a focused week of study and hands-on work in a foreign country.
Tap into the resources of our nation's capital city.
Washington, D.C., is a city that offers a wide variety of academic, professional and cultural opportunities for undergraduates. From Capitol Hill to CNN and the Smithsonian, students have the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience and work with professionals in their fields.
What is the Washington Program?
Students typically spend a semester in the nation’s capital completing an internship and taking classes.
When can I complete the program?
Juniors and seniors are eligible for the Communications and Democracy Semester, available only in the fall. Students may complete internships in Washington, D.C., at any time.
Gain valuable experience in the entertainment industry!
Los Angeles serves as the creative hub for movie and television production as well as news, public relations and much more. Offered for the first time in 2016, the Hollywood Program coincides with the spring semester at Penn State.
What is the Hollywood Program?
Spend a semester in Los Angeles completing an internship and taking courses on entertainment industry topics on site.
When can I complete the program?
Juniors and seniors enrolled in any College of Communications major are eligible. The program will be offered for the first time beginning January 2016.
Potential Internships & Employeers
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.
Your internship (and future career) opportunities are limitless.
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.
Vice President, Comedy Central
Publisher, Seventeen Magazine
Managing Director, Mercury Public Affairs // Former AP White House Correspondent
1988 Broadcast Journalism
Pulitzer Prize-winner, Correspondent, CNN
TV Creator, Producer NCIS, JAG, Quantum Leap
VP of PR and Social Media, The Ad Council
Novelist and TV writer
Director, NFL on Fox
1984 Speech Communications
VP Football Communications, NFL
VP Strategic Partnerships, Madison Square Garden
President, Cable Entertainment & Digital Ad Sales, NBC Universal