Great Internships and Careers Start Here!

On-campus experience - internships - and careers

The Park School has terrific internship and job connections.  First, with over 13 thousand communications alumni and over 50 years of experience, we have a multitude of opportunities to help you with your professional development. 

We help you make those connections by having two dedicated Park professional development coordinators (in Ithaca and in Los Angeles) sending regular e-news updates, by bringing alumni and other professionals to campus, and by giving you access to a great set of databases.  Our students begin in their first semester exploring the variety of careers, finding mentors and professionals to shadow, and developing their own portfolios and LinkedIn profiles. We also partner with the College's Office of Career Services  to provide workshops and trips to visit leading media and communications firms.

More than half of our alumni got their jobs directly or indirectly through their internships, and about 80% of our students do at least one internship. 

Internships provide important resume-building, hands-on experience that put students in an environment where they can apply their classroom training. By working as an intern, students gain a deeper understanding of their industry and functions. Additionally, students start to build their professional networks which are invaluable when seeking employment after graduation. 

There are many venues for internships:

  • A number of organizations in Ithaca offer internships, including our own athletics, educational technology, and college relations departments, local media production firms, regional TV and radio stations, and in the PR or marketing departments of non-profit agencies,  and companies.
  • Many students do internships during the summer near their homes or other places where they have friends or relatives. We can help you learn to find those opportunities, even if you're not in a major city.
  • The Park School's Los Angeles Program operates year-round and has a separate database. Students work about 30 hours at an internship site which gives them the ability to really take on challenging and important roles.
  • Learn more about interning Fall or Spring in New York City through the ICNYC program.   Like LAstudents work about 30 hours at an internship site which gives them the ability to really take on challenging and important roles.
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Summer 2019 Internships

Just a few of our 2019 summer internship placements include Walt Disney Imagineering Glendale CA, NBC Today Show, Colombia´s House of Representatives Press Team in Bogotá D.C., Colombia, Dixon Schwabl Advertising - Rochester, NY , the creative department of Tom Ford Beauty at The Estée Lauder Companies in NYC, marketing internship at the sports media/technology company, Pixellot in Israel, the Wendy Williams Show in NYC, film and photography at the Heinz History Center Pittsburgh, Rem video and photography Glenview, IL , marketing communications at MGM Resorts Las Vegas, production at WGBH Boston, Red Sox inside sales Boston, NBC Hartford Connecticut (WVIT) news internship, MLB Network production internship, post-production internship at Birds Nest Foundation in NYC, editorial intern on the College Rankings Team at Forbes Media in Jersey City, new internship at WSYR Syracuse, sports media internship at the Philadelphia Eagles, production intern at Channel 7 news Buffalo, NY, development associate and special events intern, Susan G. Komen Foundation NYC,  Upstate Preservation Hall - Saratoga Springs, NY , ESPN production Bristol, CT,  and sales intern, Disney Advertising in NYC.

Los Angeles internships

Recent Los Angeles internships include Funny or Die, Dreamworks, with  film director Rachel Lee Goldenberg,  Television Academy Foundation, Nickelodeon, Foundation Films, GLAAD, The Price is Right, Thunder Road Films, Fox Sports, Universal Music Group, Bold and the Beautiful, Amazon social media, JB Talent Agency, Anderson Group Public Relations, Mandalay Sports Media, Titmouse Animation, Illumination Entertainment animation studio, the Ellen show, TMZ, Larry King Now sales, Comedy Central, Transition Music Corp, Marcus Haney independent documentary producer and photographer, and Abel Cine.

    Your Professional Development Coordinators in Ithaca and in LA

    Kirk Harbinger ’89 is the Professional Development Coordinator in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. 
    He can be reached at Park Room 377, kharbinger@ithaca.edu, or 607-274-3244.

    Meaghan O'Donnell '13 is the Professional Development Coordinator in Los Angeles.
    You can reach her at mronnell@ithaca.edu or 323-851-6199.