toward a career
enrolled in the School of Communications are expected to complete
at least one professional internship by the time they graduate.
In recent years, Elon students have been interns at National Geographic,
ESPN the Magazine, Washington Post Interactive, MSNBC, the Baltimore
Orioles, CNN, Discovery Communications, Infinity Broadcasting,
MTV, Duke Children's Hospital, Universal Studios, AT&T Media
Services, and a variety of newspapers, broadcast stations and
corporate settings in North Carolina and home states.
The School of Communications now requires all students to complete
either a for-credit internship or a non-credit professional work
experience in communications.
Students seeking academic credit enroll in JCM 381 Communications
Internship for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credit hours, based on 80 work-hours
per credit hour. Or students can independently arrange, in accordance
with School guidelines, their own non-credit professional work
experience of at least 80 work-hours in a structured communications
role. The School verifies that the work experience was satisfactorily
Every communications school has an internship program, but Elon
takes internships to the next level in three ways:
1. All of our internships are in professional settings;
we do not award internship credit for campus jobs.
2. Our School of Communications has a full-time Director
of Internships available to help students every day.
3. We are proactive in seeking good internship opportunities
for students by making site visits to New York, Washington and
other cities, and then keeping in contact with our students on
We think of internships as the vital third step. The first two
steps are involvement in student media and academic preparation
through coursework. A professional internship then sets the stage
for the beginning of a fulfilling career.
Recent Elon students have turned internships into full-time jobs
at Dreamworks in Los Angeles, MTV in New York, ABC's "The
View," the Raleigh News & Observer and many state and
regional media organizations.
For internship guidelines and information on recent internships,
use the links to the right.