School of Communications
students are required to earn an internship or to log a formalized
professional workplace experience. Students doing internships for
credit opt for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits, depending upon the demands
of the particular job and/or the student's need for credit hours.
Brittain Cheek, internship director for the School of Communications,
spends a lot of time on the road making site visits at locations
across the United States to ensure the quality of internship experiences.
The feedback she gets from people supervising Elon students is overwhelmingly
positive. They often say Elon students are the best interns they
have ever employed, and they ask us for more.
A sampling of recent internships taken for academic credit (click
to the right for a three-year list of intern experiences):
- In North
Carolina, internships at VF Corp.; Duke Children's Hospital; newspapers
including The Times-News in Burlington, The News & Observer
in Raleigh, The News & Record in Greensboro, The Alamance
News in Graham, the Winston-Salem Journal and The Star in Shelby;
Kindermusik; Burlington Industries; RF Micro Devices; Quixote
Group; North Carolina Legal Aid Service; Volunteer Center of Alamance;
Webb Patterson Communications; Piedmont Associated Industries;
Wisse Hollman & Co. public relations agency.
- In the New
York area, internships at InStyle magazine; ESPN the Magazine;
MSNBC; Catalyst Films; "The View" and MTV.
in the Washington, D.C., area include National Geographic; Comcast
Sportsnet; KM Communications; WJLA-TV; and Washington Post Interactive.
station internships across the South include WGHP-TV Fox 8 in
High Point, N.C.; WCIV-TV in Charleston, S.C.; WKRN-TV in Nashville,
Tenn.; WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.; WITF-TV public television
in Harrisburg, Pa.; and WFMY-TV in Greensboro.
broadcast or production company intern locations include Horizon
Productions in North Carolina; Wide Eye Productions in North Carolina;
The Motley Fool Radio Show in Virginia; radio station 98.7 The
Zone in Greensboro, N.C.; Infinity Broadcasting in Pennsylvania;
and WFYV Radio in Jacksonville, Florida.
and corporate communication internships have included work in
the office of Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode and at Amerigroup
in Maryland; AT&T Media Services in Florida; Ocean City Advertising
Agency in Maryland; and Tiffanie Williams & Co. in Massachusetts.
- Elon students
have logged corporate communications internships with many minor
league baseball teams such as the Hickory Crawdads and with top
pro-league teams such as the Baltimore Orioles and Carolina Hurricanes.