BA Internships and Careers
The Communication Studies major culminates in an internship in a communications-related organization where students acquire real-world experience. While on campus, students are encouraged to gain experience by working on the campus newspaper, radio station, literary magazine and to be active in student organizations such as PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and IABC (International Association of Business Communicators).
Communication Studies faculty work with students in regular advising sessions to identify and refine their "Dream Job" while discussing how the internship experience can be used as a stepping stone in their career developement.
Students are encouraged to make use of the services offered by the campus Career Development office when preparing for their Internship experience. Students are also encouraged to visit the Department Facebook page as new internship opporutnities are posted there regularly.
Careers in Journalism can include reporter, editor, photojournalist, art director, photo director, style editor, copy editor, features editor, beauty or fashion editor, script writer, publisher, news service researcher, technical writer, media interviewer, author.
Careers in Public Relations and Advertising can include events planner, corporate public affairs specialist, account executive, marketing specialist, creative director, sales manager, publicity manager, copy writer, media analyst, media planner, media buyer, advertising manager, marketing specialist, press agent, fund raiser, membership recruiter, public opinion researcher.
Careers in Media, Radio & Television can include entertainment agent, audio-visual consultant, station programmer, broadcast advertising sales, broadcasting station manager, community relations director, news director, news writer, technical director, media buyer, market researcher, announcer, disc jockey, news anchor, casting director, producer, account executive and talk show host.
Careers in Corporate & Organizational Communication can include corporate communications specialist, negotiator, account executive, lobbyist, press secretary, convention or trade show organizer, legislative assistant, personnel recruiter, speech writer, pollster and research specialist, sales representative, human resources manager, public information officer, and more!
The college also offers supporting minors in the areas of Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Film, Creative Writing, Computer Graphic Design, and Theatre Arts. For students wishing to pursue law school, a Legal Studies minor is available as well as minors in Forensics and Criminology.
Information on earning credit for an internship
Becton College has standardized the process for earning credit for working an internship. If you want to earn credit in a department other than Communication Studies, you would use the standard form.
If you want to earn credit in Communication Studies, these are your options:
1. If you have completed at least two of the courses required for the major as well as several COMM electives, you could be ready for COMM 4001 Communication Internship. This course asks you to demonstrate an understanding of communication concepts from across a range of courses. You will demonstrate this understanding by being able to explain concepts using examples from your internship and by applying your understanding of communication to produce a professional portfolio.
To earn credit in COMM 4001, you must have your internship pre-approved by Dr. Kate Dunsmore. The first step in the approval process is to contact Dr. Dunsmore for the Experiential Learning Plan for COMM 4001. Becton College policy requires that approval be in place before the internship begins, so avoid a difficult situation and contact Dr. Dunsmore before you start the internship to be sure it is suitable for the class.
2. Maybe you are not ready for COMM 4001, but you have an internship that requires you to earn credit or you just want to earn credit. For this situation, we have a 1-credit course COMM 2000 Applied Communication Concepts. This course is offered every summer, so it is only available for internships worked in the summer.
The internship for this class must also be pre-approved (Becton College policy). The first step is to contact Dr. Dunsmore for the Experiential Learning Plan for COMM 2000.
3. Maybe you have already taken COMM 4001 and want credit for an additional internship. We offer COMM 4002 for this situation. It works the same as COMM 4001 and starts with getting a completed Experiential Learning Plan to Dr. Dunsmore for approval.
4. Wow! Maybe you have completed both COMM 4001 and COMM 4002 and want to work another internship for credit. For this case, we offer COMM 4003 as a 1-credit summer course. Again, step one is to contact Dr. Dunsmore before you start the internship to get it approved. Only available for internships worked in the summer.
How to contact Dr. Kate Dunsmore:
Office hours: posted in the department and on her faculty webpage
Talk to her wherever: after class, in the hallway, when you see her.
This page last updated October 26, 2016
Past Internship Sites
Dr. Oz Show
Jimmy Fallon Show
CBS News Early Show
The Daily Record
The Wall Street Journal
National MS Society
New York Jets
The Rachel Ray Show
In Style Magazine
In Touch Magazine