Would interning through the school look as good to a potential employer as a typical internship?

Would interning through the school look as good to a potential employer as a typical internship?

This is hard to answer. Some future employers may be impressed that your university thought enough of you to hire you and some may think you were unable to secure an opportunity outside of the university. There is no way to predict how this will be interpreted. There are times when these internships are some of the best opportunities for experience that our students can get. Even so, it may not be interpreted that way by others.

The COMM Interns Manual & lectures mentioned that the university offers internships through IUP-TV, IUP-FM, and the CMPR. How would a student go about obtaining one of these internships?

The COMM Interns Manual & lectures mentioned that the university offers internships through IUP-TV, IUP-FM, and the CMPR. How would a student go about obtaining one of these internships?

This is sometimes true. You would contact the coordinator of the TV station, Dr. Kleinman, the coordinator of the radio station, Mr. Albright, or the coordinator of the CMPR, Ms. Keppich. The mistake made by most applicants is that they falsely believe that (1) this is a less formal application, (2) these organizations are required to take all applicants because they are part of the COMM department, and (3) tuition is waived because you are working for IUP. All three of those points are incorrect!

The truth is as follows. (1) You should formally apply by starting the process with a cover letter, resume, and reference list sent to the appropriate coordinator in hopes of securing an interview. (2) These operations are not required to take any interns, may not opt to take interns in any given summer, and may set very high qualification requirements like a high GPA, prior work experience, etc. (3) Tuition is not waived because you are working for IUP.

Do marketing or marketing focused internships count towards a Communications Major’s COMM 493 credits?

Do marketing or marketing focused internships count towards a Communications Major’s COMM 493 credits?

The answer is yes. Marketing is very integral to what we do which is why we have a major in Media Marketing. Ideally, you would be in that track if you wished to pursue a marketing oriented internship. Sometimes, that is not possible at this stage of your academic career. In that case, it would be a good idea to sit with me and go over your transcript to make sure that you are prepared for such an experience.

Johnstown Internship – Event Promotion

Internship description
Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau
111 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste A
Johnstown, PA 15906
(800) 237-8590

Special Events Assistant—summer

Company/Organization Description:

The Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the designated tourism promotion agency for Cambria County. Its mission is to attract visitors to the area through advertising, public relations, special events, and other programs. Currently, the CVB plans and executes large events such as PolkaFest and Thunder in the Valley®, which draw more than 200,000 visitors to the area.

Internship Description:

The intern(s) will work out of the bureau’s office on Roosevelt Blvd. in Johnstown and will also be required to work at the event sites during the two large events. The intern(s) will be given tasks relating to event planning, advertising, marketing, and public relations. The summer-semester interns will be required to work up to 30+ hours per week from May 2018 until mid-August 2018 and will be given a stipend based on performance.

Skills Needed:

Strong work ethic and design/planning/organization/problem solving skills are desired. Writing experience is a must. The ability to use Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher is preferred. Candidate(s) must be able to work in a fast-paced, busy environment. The summer-semester candidate(s) must also be able to work during the events which take place June 1-3, 2018 and June 21-24, 2018. Candidate(s) should be seeking a degree in Communication, Public Relations, Journalism or Business Management/Marketing.

Benefits for Student(s):

The special events internship will provide the student the opportunity to be closely involved in all facets of event planning for two major events produced by the bureau. This includes writing press releases, developing media kits, producing newsletters, and taking photos amongst other tasks

Contact Information:
Olivia Bragdon, Communications Coordinator
Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau
111 Roosevelt Blvd., Ste. A
Johnstown, PA 15906
(800) 237-8590
oliviab@visitjohnstownpa.com