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Fredonia Communication Department Internships

The Fredonia Department of Communication has an active internship program that helps students secure internship positions that give students the opportunity to explore career options, gain professional skills, and develop related work experience. Students can visit the Career Development Office's resources for locating internships worldwide.

Internships are a fantastic way to gain real world experience while in college! The benefits include:

  • an opportunity to develop and learn new communication skills 
  • job experience for a resume
  • experience in a career field 
  • a possible job upon graduation
  • contacts and networking possibilities
  • a chance to earn college credit 
  • confidence in applied skills

In fact, having an internship experience counts as a graduation requirement for students majoring in journalism. For all communication majors, credits earned for completing COMM 480: Communication Internships contribute to the overall 120 credits and 45 upper level credits that are required to graduate. Please note that an internship experience does not count as an elective for communication majors. 

As you consider your internship options, keep in mind that credit bearing internships are open to any registered student who has completed at least 30 credit hours, has a minimum GPA of 2.0, and has not completed more than 24 internship credit hours. Internships can be paid or unpaid. A student must work 40 hours per 1 credit hour. In addition to completing hours at the internship site, students must submit written assignments for the course. 

Questions regarding Department of Communication’s internship program should be directed to Internship Coordinator Dr. Angela McGowan-Kirsch or Ms. Jennifer Wilkins, Internship Coordinator in the Career Development Office, Gregory Hall.

How to Apply:

Review the Career Development Office's internships page, download the Learning Contract and discuss your options with Dr. McGowan-Kirsch. Before you know it, you'll be on your way to a valuable applied learning experience!

Past Internship Experiences:

The following is a partial list of organizations which recently offered internships to Fredonia students:

*Fredonia Student Health Center * Fredonia Intercultural Center * Drive Research * Lakeshore Family Center * Fredonia Study Abroad Office * Greystone Nature Preserve * Struggling Productions * Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation * Fredonia Opera Hours * Fredonia Campus Life Office * Client Solutions Group * WIVB- TV* 97 Rock * American Cancer Society * Authentic Entertainment * Buffalo Bills * Buffalo Bison’s * Buffalo Music Hall of Fame * Buffalo Sabers * Chautauqua Foundation * Spectrum News * Clear Channel Radio * Disney World Wide Services, Inc. * National Comedy Center * Chautauqua Institute * Fredonia Marketing & Communications Office * Fredonia Office of Admissions * WGRZ-TV * Girls Write Now * EPIC * Chautauqua Hurricanes * Chautauqua Leadership Network * College Fashionista * DermaCare * HOPE Chautauqua Coalition * Last Call Entertainment * National Postdoctoral Association * Northern Chautauqua Community Association * Six Flags Darien Lake * WBAL-TV * WHEC-TV * WROC-TV 

Check out some of the work that communication interns have completed during their internship experience:

  • With the help of site supervisor Prof. Roslin Smith, comm major, Kelsey Grimes, created this video for Greystone Nature Preserve.
  • Communication majors, Leah DeGraw and Carly Grimm, designed Lake Shore Family Center’s website and jumped started the organization’s social media presence.
  • Journalism student, Jessica Meditz, wrote a blog while interning with Sportsmen’s Americana Music Association.
  • Journalism student, Hope Winter, published a newspaper article while interning with Greystone Nature Preserve 

For recent samples of interns’ work, visit the Department of Communication’s Facebook page

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