Success in a future career or further academic pursuit of our students is built upon solid utilization of integrated marketing communications theory and techniques within ever-changing business and media industries. Effective communication with business and media professionals leads to broader personal networks, and real-world experience adds to the likelihood of a rewarding career after graduation. To help our students gain an even greater professional perspective, IMC gives students a wide range of excellent learning opportunities through our internship program.
Most IMC students take advantage of internships offered through the Park School of Communications and the School of Business. Internships provide students with valuable learning experiences to apply their academic knowledge to the real-world, build their resumes with on-the-job skills, and gain firsthand knowledge of different career tracks.
Internships are available at a variety of organizations within Ithaca, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, other major cities in the U.S., or even in or near the student’s hometown, such as:
- Advertising or public relations agencies, such as Ogilvy, Young & Rubican, BBDO, OMD, G2, Weber Shandwick, and Ruder Finn.
- Media organizations, such as ESPN, NBC, Us and In-Touch magazines, Yahoo!, and Sony Pictures.
- Corporate marketing, advertising or public relations departments for a publicly or privately held company, government entity or non-profit organization, such as The Gap, Macy's, Harpoon, Xerox, and the Boston Red Socks.
Although internships are not a requirement for graduation, they are highly recommended as an important part of the college experience. Many are held during the summer.
A student may receive up to 12 internship credits. All internships are governed by specific guidelines that ensure a positive experience for both the intern and the sponsoring company. A student designs his or her own set of objectives for the internship, along with the guidance of a faculty sponsor and a field supervisor. The faculty sponsor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the internship, while the field supervisor is the intern's direct supervisor within the sponsoring company.
Please refer to our Photo Galleries for details on where our students have interned.