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Internships

At the Department of Mass Communication, we recognize the importance of having work experience on your resume before your graduate. We also know what it takes to succeed in today's business climate.

Our internship program was developed to compliment the learning you receive in the classroom, while at the same time, ensuring you gain valuable experience and contacts in the corporate world.Iona College's proximity to New York City, the communications capital of the world, provides unlimited opportunities for internship placements. The department has also created strong ties with companies throughout the tri-state area.

The bottom line is that no matter what your area of specialization or where you want to work, our internship program can help you gain a competitive advantage.

Program Description

The Department of Mass Communication is pleased to offer both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable practical skills while earning credits towards their degree. MCO 498 (for undergraduates) and PR 699 (for graduates) are offered continually throughout the year to afford students flexibility with scheduling. Students must complete a minimum of 90 hours of work during their internship. These hours must be spread out over the full semester.

Aside from the work that is completed on the job site, students are responsible for attending periodic class meetings and submitting regular progress reports. The final grade for the internship is based on the progress reports and the supervisor's report submitted at the end of the internship.

To receive credit for an internship, students must be registered in either MCO 498 or PR 699 prior to starting the internship. Both of these courses require permission of the advisor to register (closed course card).

Resources

The Department of Mass Communication, in concert with Iona College, is committed to assisting our students with finding the internship opportunity which best suits their interests and career goals. Although students are responsible for finding their own internship, there are several resources available to aid them with their search.

Throughout the year the Gerri Ripp Center at Iona College sponsors on campus internship fairs featuring companies from Westchester County, New York City and surrounding areas. These internship fairs are open to all students and provide valuable industry contacts.

In addition, Iona College's Career Services department offers ongoing employment and internship related services to students and alumni.

The Department of Mass Communication maintains several additional resources designed specifically for our students. The main source of internship information is the Internship Bulletin Board located in the hallway on the 3rd floor of Murphy Center. The Mass Communication Internship Bulletin Board features current positions that companies have sent directly to the department. These positions are sorted by specialty area for quick and easy referral.

An online listing of current and past internship information is available online. Please note, internships are listed in the order they were received. Students interested in current opportunities should start at the top of the list.

Past postings are stored in the Mass Communication Library(3rd Floor Murphy Center) in the internship binders. These binders serve as excellent resources for those people looking for contact information for a variety of companies.

Students enrolled in MCO 498 or MCO 699 are reminded that the course instructors are there to assist them with their internship search and provide guidance with the selection of their internship location.

Past Internship Locations

Curious to find out what types of companies offer internships? Students from both our undergraduate and graduate classes have completed internships with the following companies:

98.7 Kiss Fm
People's Court
Billboard Talent Net
Power House Productions
Blockbuster Video
Rainforest Action Network
CBS 2
Rachel Ray
CBS News
Regional Network News
Children's Television Workshop
Regis and Kelly Show
Sally Jesse Raphael Show
Corel WTA Tour
Sound & Town Report
Cure for Lymphoma Foundation
Spin Magazine
European Journalism Network
Sports Foundation
Sports Fan Radio Network
Spotlight Magazine
Starwood Resorts
Interview Magazine
Steiner Sports Marketing
K-Rock 92.3 FM
Summer Street Press
KTU 103.5
Late Night with David Letterman
The View
Madison Square Garden
Theatreworks USA
Magazine Antiques
US Magazine
Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.
Vericom Custome Publishing
McClanahan Book Company 
Verve Records
Media Network
WABC
Modern Bride Connection
WABC TV
Motown Cafe
WAXQ- Q104.3 FM
Warner Brothers
WCBS-FM
Westchester News 12
New Jersey Nets
WFAN-Sports Radio
New Line Cinema
WFAS Waestchester
New York City Marathon
WNE2-102.7 FM
New York Daily News
Women's News
News 12
WPLJ 95.5
 
WTXF-FOX

Online Resources

Ready to start your search but don't know where to begin? The following sites are an excellent place to start. Remember most sites are updated daily so check back frequently for new postings.

Rising Star Internship - An internship database that allows you to search by topic or post a resume. There are specific sections for Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism and Advertising.

Internjobs.com -  This site features a searchable database that allows users to search based on key words. They offer a good range of communication related postings throughout the U.S.

Jobs in Sports.com  - This site features a variety of internships and jobs in the sports industry. To access the database users must subscribe to the service which costs $29.95 per month.

Magazine Publishers of America -  This site highlights internships and jobs in the magazine publishing industry. Although the site does not appear to have extensive listings of positions, the variety of positions is impressive (advertising, public relations, writing etc...).

Wetfeet.com - An internship search engine which allows you to pick your geographic location and your field of study. For Mass Communication listings select Communication & Broadcasting OR Publishing & Printing.

Walt Disney Company - This site features links to career information as well as internships within the Walt Disney Company. To access the internship information click on the link for Disney College.

International Opportunities Program - This site features a listing of other web sites that provide information about internships abroad.

Career Services Iona College's Career Services Department - This Department offers a wide range of career related services to both current students and alumni.

U.S. Department of State Internships - A great starting point if you are looking for internship information in the foreign service.

Contact Information

For more information about completing an internship contact:

Undergraduate

Dr. Bob Petrausch
Room: 340 Murphy Center
rpetrausch@iona.edu

Graduate

Dr. Jack Breslin
Room 223 Murphy Center
jbreslin@iona.edu