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Internships

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We encourage Communication Studies majors to find internships during your undergraduate experience. You’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience and you can earn academic credit by enrolling in the COMS 4910 internship course.

Dr. Karen Deardorff, Internship Coordinator in the School of Communication Studies, can help!

What's out there for COMS majors?

Find internships across industries. Here are some examples to consider:

  • Marketing and communication
  • Event and meeting planning
  • Social media and web development
  • Magazine production
  • Human resources
  • Health care
  • Political campaigns
  • Public advocacy
  • Sales, branding
  • Public relations. 

And dream big. COMS students have found internships with these companies and lots of others:

  • Disney
  • ESPN
  • The Miss Universe Pageant
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • The Today Show
  • Southwest Airlines
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Teach for America
  • Ulta Beauty
  • The Cincinnati Reds
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Live Healthy Appalachia
  • Good Works, Inc.

Internships set you up

  1. Apply your classroom learning in professional environments.  An internship provides you with the opportunity to develop, hone, and apply the skills, theories and concepts you learned in the classroom. 

  2. Gain exposure to your chosen field. Participating in internships can be a great way to get a taste of the actual professional experience in the field you’re interested in pursuing after graduation. Not only does this experience add work experience to your resumé, it will also help you figure out what you want to do after college.

  3. Establish critical networking connections. You’ll network and start building contacts in your field, which may be one of the most important components of an internship.  Everyone you meet is a potential contact for advice and referrals once you’re on the job market. 

  4. Gain coveted work experience. An internship provides the work experience that allows you put your education into practice, develop leadership skills, and gain a competitive advantage from having performed the job already before you start looking for a permanent position.

  5. Improve your chances on the job market. Research shows that job applicants who have completed an internship are more likely to land a job than those who don’t.

Resources

COMS majors have access to the COMS Blackboard organization site which houses an “Internship Information” tab where you can:

  • Review the guidelines and requirements for earning academic credit through enrollment in COMS 4910
  • Find tips for your internship search
  • Learn about the Don Perris $4,000 endowed internship scholarship
  • Find forms and other helpful information.

You should also talk with your academic advisor about the internship process or make an appointment with the COMS internship coordinator.

Don’t forget your Handshake account!

Every OHIO student has one; it’s a great resource for internship and job listings.