Even though classes supply students with essential knowledge for career preparation, internships offer an important education that cannot be taught in a classroom. Internships are also a dynamic way to apply classroom learning to the real work world.
By gaining work experience through internships, students can both build their resumes and network with potential future employers. On-site intern supervisors often further assist interns by providing them with recommendations that can be used toward future work opportunities. Plus, multiple internship experiences allow students to recognize the importance of adapting to different work environments. Whereas one internship may consist of a casual work environment in which group effort is emphasized, another internship may be more formal and hierarchical.
Most importantly, internships are an opportunity for students to discover what they do and do not want to do. Many students begin their college education with an idea of the area in which they want to study and eventually work. Internships put those ideas to the test. Perhaps a student who began his broadcasting internship believing that he wanted to work in television realizes that the day-to-day skills he would like to practice truly lie in advertising.
Past Communications majors have experienced internships with a focus in:
- Integrated Marketing
- Digital Marketing
- Social Media
- Public Relations
- Graphic Design
- Web Authoring
- Technical Writing
- Political Communications
Intern: Sam Bauman
Internship Title: Sports Broadcasting Intern
Company: 10TV Columbus
Responsibilities: "I helped with show and news content, video editing, athlete interviews, and video archiving."
How the experienced contributed to career goals: "The experience was crucial in allowing me to network within the broadcasting world. Also, my internship work added to my paper and video resumes."
Intern: Emily Amos
Internship Title: Marketing/Communications Intern
Company: Beyond Marketing
Responsibilities: "I participated in many of the agency’s advertising campaigns. I was afforded the opportunity of working behind the scenes, helping create scripts and draft print advertisements, along with being fortunate enough to work on scene as well."
How the experience contributed to career goals: "This entire experience provided me with just that–experience. I learned the fundamental principles of marketing and how advertising campaigns work, both of which are extremely beneficial and valuable skills. More importantly, I became well-versed in important topics in the marketing and public relations fields."