The best step toward a career

Internships are an excellent way to apply your classroom knowledge in a professional work setting, to network with professionals, and to build your resume.

Students with majors in Cinema and Television Arts, Communication Design, Journalism, Media Analytics, and Strategic Communications are required to complete at least 1 credit hour of the COM 3985 Communications Internship course before they graduate. The course is designed to support students’ professional growth and allow them the opportunity to reflect on their experience. Each internship credit satisfies one unit of Elon’s Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR). The Sport Management Department requires its majors to complete the SPT3985 Internship in Sport Management course, where students do a full-time experiential opportunity in a professional interest area.

Students have previously interned at CNN, Dyson, ESPN, Live Nation Entertainment, NBCUniversal, TEGNA Media, W2O Group, Weber Shandwick and a variety of media companies, public relations agencies, non-profits, and corporate settings around the world. Further, the Elon in Los Angeles program provides numerous opportunities for students to intern in the entertainment world. The university also offers programs in New York and Washington, D.C.

Internship Preparation

To conduct an internship for academic credit, students must enroll in COM 3985 Communications Internship for 1 or 2 credit hours, based on 80 work-hours per credit hour in a professional internship experience. While the majority of students complete their internship for academic credit during the summer, students can complete an internship in any academic term (winter, spring, summer, or fall). Students work with the internship director to register their internship for academic credit and to document their experiences through a series of assignments that bridge their academic experience with the internship experience.

Every communications school has an internship program, but Elon takes internships to the next level in three ways:

  1. All of our internships are conducted in professional settings with supervisors who provide mentoring throughout the experience.
  2. Our School of Communications has a full-time internship director available to help students every day.
  3. We are proactive in seeking engaging internship opportunities for students by building relationships with employers and keeping in contact with our students on the job.

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.

For internship guidelines and information on recent internships, use the links to the right. We look forward to helping you to achieve your goals.