Did you know that many internships lead to job offers? Did you know that the department of Communication has an internship program?
Have you considered taking advantage of the opportunity to gain college credit at the same time you gain experience in your chosen field and a nice hit on your resume? Internships (COM 49000) provide just such an opportunity.
In addition to the available internships listed below, you may find your own internship. If you discuss the details with Dr. Scott Smithson (TECH 276) in advance of participating, he may be able to arrange for you to receive credit for the internship if you qualify. Download the Communication Internship Program Student Packet.
Internship Program Requirements
It is suggested that students interested in internships consult with the Career Services Office,
Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 132, before proceeding. It is possible that you may be eligible for an internship that is already available (communication internship must be located by the student). Please note that most communication internships are located by the student.
For the Communication Internship Program, you must:
- Have completed 50% of your major classes (have at least a junior class standing),
- Be in good academic standing, having and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, or have consent of the Internship Director, Dr. Scott Smithson
- AND have taken at least 3 Communication classes.
If you meet those requirements, and you have a tentative internship site, then you can complete the STUDENT RECOMMENDATION form in its entirety. This form requires that you:
- Have the approval of your major advisor
- Obtain one recommendation from a Purdue University North Central faculty or staff member (not necessarily from your major field), stating your fitness to participate in the internship program.
Pages 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Internship Program Student Packet should be turned in, along with a copy of your current resume, to Dr. Scott Smithson, Chair, Department of Communication, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. US 421, Westville, IN 46391-9528, for final approval. You will be contacted within two weeks to discuss your status.
Unless otherwise noted, internships are Pass/No Pass. Approximately 80 hours of employment equals one credit. Interns are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and follow the sponsoring company’s rules and regulations.
Internship evaluation will be based on the following:
- Student self-evaluation, a daily log, and a final report on the internship.
- The evaluation of the student’s performance by the student’s direct supervisor at the employing firm.
- The Faculty Internship Coordinator’s evaluation of the student’s performance.
A complete package of internship materials is available from Dr. Scott Smithson. Available internships will be posted outside of Dr. Smithson’s office, TECH 276.
Current Internship Opportunities:
Business/Organization: Michigan City Area Schools
Job Position: Communication Intern
Employment Type: Internship
Michigan City Main Street Association
Contract for Services
Position: The Uptown Development Intern
The Uptown Development Intern is a part time, voluntary position. The Michigan City Mainstreet Association (MCMA) reserves the right to end the contract at any time. The Uptown Development Intern’s hours may vary depending upon the chosen individual’s schedule. The range of duties of the Uptown Development Intern includes, but is not limited to:
- Constructing press and other forms of promotion and communications for the Uptown Arts District, its events, and the Main Street membership
- Assisting in content writing, management, list management and social media
- Assisting with membership and programs
- Assisting in event planning and management
- Represent the Farmers Market, the MCMA and their members by hosting an information booth at the Market
- Add to fundraising opportunities and activities/events at the Farmers Market
- Work with the MCMA Executive Director and Promotion Committee to establish plans and funding needs.
- Maintain the Market’s social media sites, and share information with the Promotion committee for press and promotion.
- Assist in coordinating other events pertinent to the Main Street organization and downtown development of Michigan City, IN.
Accepted by Candidate
Accepted by President of the MCMA, Arturo Pozos
219 -331- 5517
The Michigan City Main Street Association
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For more information visit: www.mysticwatersmedia.net or call: (219) 765-5155. For more information on academic internships for course credit, please contact Dr. Scott Smithson at email@example.com or call 219-785-5356.
Business/Organization: IU Health La Porte
Job Position: Marketing Intern
Employment Type: Internship
Job Category: Creative/Design
Digital Media Production
Locations: La Porte, Indiana, US
Number of Openings: 1
Duration: 2 – 3 months
Paid: No, academic credit
Candidate must be working towards an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, Business or a related field.
- Proficiency with PC/Macintosh computer with several layouts, graphics, word processing programs and miscellaneous software.
- Web publishing and design skills helpful.
- High level of communication skills, both verbal and written required. Proven ability to communicate with the general public, business and industry officials about health care field.
- Must be able to communicate effectively with team members to assure the goals of the organization are being achieved in an efficient and timely manner.
- Leadership ability should be well developed and amply demonstrated.
- Organizational ability necessary to plan workload independently.
- Creative talent is required to assemble visual message through audio-visual productions and/or written materials to enhance hospital planning and marketing efforts.
Any production knowledge of web press and digital press specifications used in house and those typically used by most printing services.
Software includes but not limited to Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite.
Photography, graphics, images, social media, printing, design, web design, graphic design, business development, project management and community relations.
Positive attitude required and must be able to handle multiple requests from numerous customers and maintain positive customer service at all times.
- Use of laser printer, plotter printer, CD burner, scanner, video recording device, and scanning/editing software for graphics and photos.
- Use of large format printer, familiarity with digital copiers helpful.
- Use of general business machines such as fax, copier, laminator and current phone system.
- Use of digital camera, 35mm camera, LCD projector, slide projector, and overhead project for presentations.
- Work is primarily sedentary, although walking will be required to communicated effective with hospital people and community.
- Generally works inside
Marketing Intern has the primary responsibility of assistance with preparation, development and production of internal and external publications, communications and advertising collateral for the organization. Helps design strategy for campaigns that fall in line with the strategic plan of the organization and its services. Ensures all service line marketing follows the organizational strategic plans and that all printed materials adhere to the most recently released brand standards.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- Works collaboratively with the Director of Marketing to assure the alignment between IU Health La Porte Hospital strategic priorities and goals with marketing strategy and tactics.
- Works collaboratively with the Director of Marketing to develop internal and external communication to ensure brand alignment and integrity.
- Assists strategic marketing representatives and other team members in improving the organization service line position through design and implementation of communication tools.
- Uses own original and creative thinking to develop concepts and finished materials from rough ideas or customer’s need.
- Develops, designs and pre-press produces internal and external advertising and collateral (including but not limited to: newspapers, brochures, rack cards, fliers, direct mail).>
- Develop, designs and pre-press produces internal and external signage (including but not limited to: posters, billboards, trade show booths, wide and grand format).
- In conjunction with Marketing Director and leadership assists in determining marketing message.
- Writes copy and/or edits copy as appropriate.
- Meets deadlines as assigned and ensure accuracy by following department procedure for approval and proofing while continually communicating openly with all team members.
- Supports the Marketing team and the organization in internal and external health fairs and community-relations events.
- Works with graphic designer for all brand approvals
- Works with corporate tools for producing and distributing print materials whenever applicable and as instructed by Director of Marketing
- Maintains confidentiality of sensitive market and patient/physician related materials
- Proofs press releases and collateral designs for brand standards and grammar
- Designs flyers/postcards in Word and InDesign
- Administrative duties such as handling mailings (print labels, stuff envelopes), organization of upcoming health fairs, data entry from postcards, some research and project management, e.g., research information and locate pictures needed for designing collateral
- Captures, edits and reviews videos if needed
- Brainstorms creative ideas with team for implementation in marketing campaigns
- Makes updates to website through Expression Engine 2.0.
- Other duties as assigned.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter of interest and resume to Rachel Otwinowski at ROtwinowski@iuhealth.org.
Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.
Job Position: Communications Assistant (Intern)
Employment Type: Internship
Job Category: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Locations: Michigan City, Indiana, US
Number of Openings: 1
Desired Start Date: May 13, 2013
Duration: 2 – 3 months
Approximate hours per week: 5 (1 credit internship)
Job Qualifications: Summary:
This position is responsible for assisting in all areas of communication for the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.
The Communications Assistant reports and is responsible to the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. The Communications Assistant may work with the members of the Board of Directors, Board Committee members, Associates, volunteers and Center staff members in their endeavor to promote the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.
Job Description: Responsibilities:
- Write articles about the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc., creativity, innovation and special events.
- Keep website updated and make recommendations for improvements.
- Develop marketing materials such as brochures, business cards, flyers and information and promotional packets.
- Prepare news releases and maintain regular contact with media outlets.
- Regularly maintain the Facebook page for the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc. and make recommendations for improvements.
- Establish a presence on other forms of social media, such as, but not limited to, Constant Contact, Twitter, etc.
- Organize mailing/contact lists of vendors, media outlets, clients, etc.
- Assist facilitators/trainers in preparation of materials and Power Point and in the execution of the presentation.
- Advise on a marketing strategy for the Center for Creative Solutions, Inc.
- Assist in planning and implementing special events, as needed.
The Communication Assistant must:
- Be a strong communicator and possess excellent writing skills.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills.
- Have the ability to lead, motivate and influence others.
- Have the ability to think creativity and strategically, to exercise good judgment and work in a changing environment.
Application Method: Interested applicants must submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assist Community Resource Director with the implementation of the Foundation’s communications plan and execution of an integrated media plan. While assisting with ongoing community relations, this position would be responsible for assessing digital marketing trends and creating effective strategies for connecting with the next generation of philanthropists.
Walmart Summer Internship – Positions Available (10-Week Summer Program for College Seniors) $12/Hour
Applications now being accepted for: La Porte Area Walmart
Internship Eligibility Requirements: Entering or currently in your senior year at a 4-year college or university 3.0 Cumulative GPA preferred Interested in a store management career with a fast-past retailer who embraces change and creative thinking Enthusiastic, team-oriented and enjoy working with others Understand and appreciates diversity as the source of new ideas and better customer service
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to email@example.com
Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County
To assist in the enhancement of the District’s education and public relations program and assist in delivering the District’s message concerning RRR, source reduction, composting, HHW management and general environmental protection.
Job Requirements and Difficulty of Work
- Majors wanted:Biology; Communications; Elementary Education; Environmental Education; General Business; Liberal Studies; Marketing
- Job Targets wanted: Biological and Environmental Sciences; Education; Marketing Advertising and Sales
- Organization and strong communication skills.
- Be highly motivated and self-directed.
- Valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
- Minimal physical demands.
- Work hours are maximum 18 hours per week with a minimum required 15 hours per week. Work hours to be determined and agreed upon by Public Relations/Education Specialist and candidate at time of hire.
- Out of town travel is rare but possible.
There is no financial compensation for this experience. The intern may apply this experience toward college credit if applicable.
Public Education Coordinator
Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County
155 Indiana Ave., Ste. 314
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Radio One Internship: Programming/Promotions
Our Programming/Promotion internship gives students the chance to work with Radio One Communication stations in a variety of ways that contribute to our Programming and Promotions department. Interns will assist in the production of commercials, community announcements, and news. Students will also have the chance to learn some basics about music scheduling and digital automation (Selector G & Nextgen Automation). Promotion assignments will include station remotes, van stops, county fairs*, banner hits, street team promotions and contesting. Interns are expected to be available 12-15 hours a week, and to be available on either Saturday or Sunday according to the Radio One Event Calendar. We will work with your schedule to determine the best fit for your hours.
Radio One Supervisor Info:
Wes Adams & Scott Rosenberg (Programming Department)
2577 Sager Rd
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Youth Service Bureau: Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Porte County, Inc.
Title: Summer Program Assistant
Reports to: Summer Program Director
Location: Youth Service Bureau La Porte Office
906 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350
Regular Hours: at least 10 per week, day begins at 7:30 a.m. on program days
Education Requirement: high school diploma, some college preferred
- Work as part of a team with the Director and Summer Program Helper
- Plan and facilitate group life skills activities
- Help plan and organize field trips, daily activities and fundraisers
- Attend fundraisers
- Run the program if Director is unable to attend a Summer Program meeting
- Stay at the YSB until all youth have left for the day
- Be responsible for the youth when on outings, field trips, fundraisers, etc.
- Be attentive to the youth’s needs and feelings and respond appropriately
- Continually positively reinforce the youth
- Be a positive role model to the youth through your actions and words
- Calmly correct the youth if they are breaking a rule or being disruptive
- Assist Director to properly facilitate the Summer Program
- Ask for assistance or clarification if not clear on something
Youth Service Bureau Big Brothers Big Sisters of La Porte County, Inc.
906 Michigan Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350
TEL 219-362-9587 ext.103
Marketing & Website Intern
To support the President, Marketing and Development Team & Committee, staff and Board of Directors with the Marketing and communication functions of the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County. Particular emphasis is on moving Unity ahead on the technology and social media front.
Benefits to College Intern
Competitive hourly wage, mileage and eligible direct expenses will be reimbursed. + Flexibility in scheduling, hours to be negotiated. Introduction to non-profit, charitable businesses by working with the Unity Foundation and learning more about the non-profits Unity supports. Exposure to Unity staff, board members, partners and others. May be invited to special events of interest to the Intern. + Will be working directly with the president and key marketing team members. + Become another successful Unity intern. + Opportunity to help the Unity Foundation to help others and be a “power for good.”
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, resume and a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Production Intern – Promotions / Department: Production
Lakeshore Public Television is accepting applications for a Production Intern for Promotions. The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the Production Manager and Marketing Director to create promotional spots for original productions and network feeds for broadcast and the web. Looking for a strong creative mind with solid writing and editing skills, and experience in Final Cut Pro and Photoshop is preferred. To apply, send resume and cover letter with the internship title to 8625 Indiana Place, Merrillville, IN 46410 or send directly to me at email@example.com Subject: Production Internship.
Position: Sports Production Intern / Department: Production
Lakeshore Sports is looking for a Production Intern focusing on sports production for the fall / winter. The intern will be able to perform a variety of duties such as running camera, going over footage to choose highlights, interviewing coaches and players, and assisting the sports production team with high school and college sports productions. Looking for a dependable, hard-working sports enthusiast with experience running studio and field cameras and post-production experience is a plus but not required. To apply, send resume and cover letter with the internship title to 8625 Indiana Place Merrillville, IN 46410 or send directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Production Internship.
Position: Communications Intern/Porter County Community Foundation
Responsibilities: Assist Community Resource Director with the implementation of the Foundation’s communications plan, development of an integrated media plan, and compilation of standards compliance books. While assisting with ongoing community relations, this position would be responsible for assessing social media trends and creating effective strategies for connecting with the next generation of philanthropists. Download full description
Position: Internship/D.J. Mosier Financial Services, Inc.
Responsibilities: Intern will help write and edit scripts and assist in tapings of weekly, short videos for blog; with an opportunity to assist in script-writing for 26 half-hour TV shows. Applicant must have excellent speaking, writing, and computer skills; be detail-oriented, organized, and resourceful; and currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior majoring in Communications, Creative Writing/Editing, or Finance.For more information or to send a resume, please contact Imelda Wojtkowski at (219) 324-5566 or email@example.com.
Position: Internship/D.J. Mosier Financial Services, Inc.
Responsibilities: Intern will assist with all phases of production and post production of weekly videos for blog and overall planning and production of 26 TV shows. Applicant must have excellent speaking, writing, and computer skills; be detail-oriented, organized, and resourceful majoring in Computer/IT; Internet/WebSite Design/Development; Film/Photography/Video; Broadcasting/Radio; Communications; Creative Writing; or Finance with strong video camera/lighting/editing/downloading talent. For more information or to send a resume, please contact Imelda Wojtkowski at (219) 324-5566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Field Producer Intern/Rebuttal Media
Responsibilities: The internship will begin with the intern performing an informal survey of the potential groups and individuals who represent the diversity of their community. They approach the groups and individuals they have identified, and encourage and assist individuals in uploading video responses to the website, including friends, clubs, and groups, from on-campus, off-campus, and online communities. While some individuals and groups will be more familiar with the process of uploading video in general, the intern will also seek to identify those individuals and groups that lack the necessary technical know-how and provide guidance and assistance. The intern will work under the specific guidance and supervision of a producer who will be available at all times for questions or issues that may arise, and will work independently in the community where they live. The intern will be responsible for submitting weekly progress reports detailing their efforts, as well as attending weekly meetings (video-conferenced) with the programming department. For more information or to send a resume, please contact John R. Martin at 310-948-6219 or email@example.com.
Position: PR Management Internship/Reilly C. Bush Memorial Foundation
Responsibilities: Website Content Management: The Reilly Foundation will be launching an all new interactive website. Content management for this website is very important. Social Media Management: If you are familiar with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others, we need you to manage our daily updates and news! PR: Create Press Releases as needed, assist in presentations as needed. For more information or to send a resume, please contact Michelle Bush at (219) 746-3768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: News Internship (one semester)/Lakeshore Public Television
Department: News Department
Responsibilities: This internship is designed for a student who is interested in a news position, especially with the evening news. Duties include, but are not limited to: greeting guests, writing tip sheets, escorting guests to and from interview site, researching and locating archive footage, shooting or logging video. Interns will communicate closely with News Director, Executive Producer, reporters, and the production staff. Intern may also be asked to write scripts for newscast, and so must possess strong writing skills. Student will be taught how to edit video using linear desktop editing system. Must be available to work from 8 – 40 hours per week. Available to juniors/seniors or recent graduates with degree or suitable course work in journalism. Mature and professional conduct expected. Previous interns have been hired by the News Department. For more information, or to send a resume, please contact Ryan Priest, News Director at email@example.com.
Position: News Writing Internship (one semester)/Lakeshore Public Television
Department: News Department
Responsibilities: Intern learns the duties of a TV news writer. Write scripts for newscast, edit video using linear desktop editing system, and communicate closely with reporters, producers and editors. Must possess strong writing skills. Must be available to work from 8 – 40 hours per week. Available to juniors/seniors or recent graduates with degree or suitable course work in journalism. Mature and professional conduct expected. Previous interns have been hired by the News Department. For more information, or to send a resume, please contact Ryan Priest, News Director at .
Position: Sports Internship (one semester)/Lakeshore Public Television
Department: Under the supervision of the News Department
Responsibilities: This internship is designed for a student who is interested in a sports position, especially with the evening news. Duties include, but are not limited to: researching and locating local sports stories of interest, as well as archiving footage. May also include shooting or logging video. Interns will communicate closely with News and Sports Director, Executive Producer, reporters, and the production staff. Intern may also be asked to write scripts, and so must possess strong writing skills. Student will be taught how to edit video using linear desktop editing system. Must be available to work 8 – 40 hours per week. Available to juniors/seniors or recent graduates with degree or suitable course work in journalism. Mature and professional conduct expected. Previous interns have been hired by the News Department. For more information, or to send a resume, please contact Ryan Priest, News Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Television News-Writing and Production/Lakeshore Public Television
Interns with solid interest/motivation are sought for a variety of television news jobs. Especially interested in interns who would like to shoot sports videos. They allow interns to write, shoot video, etc. For more information, or to send a resume, please contact Ryan Priest, News Director at email@example.com.
LaPorte County Agricultural Association a/k/a LaPorte County Fair
The LaPorte County Fair is a not-for-profit organization that is held for one week each year in July. The Fair’s advertising committee needs someone to assist with marketing strategies for the fair. Tentative duties for the intern would include: devising a marketing plan, conducting market research, writing news releases and preparing media kits, media planning, developing customer relations surveys, exploring potential community involvement opportunities, and updating the Fair’s website. Those interested in applying for the internship position should contact Sue Salach at (219) 325-9009 or leave a message at the LaPorte County Fair office at (219) 362-2647.
LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity Summer internships available.
Open to college and high school students. LCHFH is looking for students to fill unpaid internship positions in the following areas: Construction Management, Design and Implementation, Public Relations and Mass Communication, Family Services and Programming. If you are interested, please contact (219) 324-7510 or send your resume’ and class credit criteria to LCHFH.
Dunebrook: Family Resource Intern, Community Partners for Child Safety Program
Dunebrook has been designated the coordinating agency to develop a child abuse prevention program model for Northwest Indiana. Basic responsibilities: screen client inquiries and maintain referral database and documentation of public education efforts, shadow caseworkers, participate in public education fairs and development activities, attend meetings to promote resource awareness. For additional information, please contact the Dunebrook office, (219) 874-0007.
Dunebrook: Public Education and Prevention Intern
Provide support to Dunebrook’s public education, advocacy, training and prevention programs. Basic responsibilities: participate in public education, prevention program planning and event coordination including Child Abuse Awareness Month activities. Assist with marketing, public relations, and website development and provide administrative and clerical assistance to programs. For additional information please contact the Dunebrook office, (219) 874-0007.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Program Assistant
The program assistant will work under the direction of the program director and education director and create PowerPoint presentations and podcasts based on the exhibitions, and assist with educational curriculum development for outreach and auxiliary programs. Availability to work some evenings and weekends is required. For additional information, please contact the Education Director, Edwin Shelton firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Exhibition Preparator
The exhibition preparator works under the direction of the exhibitions curator to assist with exhibition production and gallery maintenance. This includes organizing the inventory of tools and supplies, assisting with installation and de-installation of exhibits, and performing general clerical duties. Availability to work some evenings and weekends is required. For additional information, please contact the Exhibitions Curator, CarolAnn Brown at email@example.com.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Guest Service Internship
The guest service intern works under the direction of the executive director and will be responsible for greeting gallery visitors, answering phones, database entry, mail handling, and performing general clerical duties. Availability to work some evenings and weekends is required. For additional information, please contact the Executive Director, Carolyn Saxton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Bend Tribune: Summer Internships
The Tribune offers full-time, paid, summer journalism internships. The internships are designed for college students who are considering a career in newspaper journalism. Interns work 40 hours a week and the salary is $400 per week. Experience with a college or community newspaper and classroom experience in journalism is helpful. To apply for a summer internship, please send a cover letter, resume and copies of your work and include a telephone number and an e-mail address to:
South Bend Tribune
225 W. Colfax Avenue
South Bend, IN 46626
South Bend Tribune: School-Year Internships
Academic interns work 10 to 15 hours per week. Duties are determined based on interests and the needs of the newspaper. Arrangements must be made with the Tribune and the student’s academic advisor during the prior semester. For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact:
South Bend Tribune
225 W. Colfax Avenue
South Bend, IN 46626
The Times Newspaper: Summer Internship with Columnist, Philip Potempa
The summer intern will serve as editorial/production assistant. The position is paid on a per-published story basis, and the intern will assist with column and story research, marketing and promotional appearances, preparation and production for television and radio appearances, contests and giveaways, light writing and interviewing, and clerical duties. For additional information e-mail email@example.com.
Youth Service Bureau, Big Brothers Big Sisters of LaPorte County, A United Way Agency
The intern will report to the director of development and assist the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff with an annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake that raises over $25,000 to support the program. Responsibilities will include: developing marketing and advertising materials, soliciting donations, and participating in radio promotions for the event. The internship will begin in late January or early February and end within the first two weeks of May. For additional information call the Youth Service Bureau office, (219) 362-9587.
Michigan City Area Schools: Communications Internships
The communications interns will assist the director of communications with ongoing and new projects. Specific duties may include: writing press releases and newsletter articles, assisting with marketing and PR campaigns, researching, creating training materials, and photographing school events.
To apply, send a letter, resume’ and two writing samples to:
Director of Communications
Michigan City Area Schools
408 S. Carroll Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360