In the communications industry, internships are invaluable opportunities for students to apply their learning and to get acquainted with the many varied career opportunities and lifestyles associated with them. For many sectors, especially in commercial film and television, internships are the way that students make contacts with people who eventually hire them into "gigs" since professionals involved in many aspects of media production are often hired on a project basis rather than on a more traditional recruiting and interviewing basis.

In the Park School, we've developed thousands of connections and a lot of know-how over our 60 years of teaching communications and graduating thousands of loyal alumni.

We have full-time professional development coordinators both at our Ithaca campus and at our Los Angeles campus who coordinate these opportunities and help students search for and secure opportunities.

Some of our internships occupy a significant amount of a student's time - such as those semester-long or summer internships at our Los Angeles or ICNYC programs where students work 20-30 hours a week. Some students intern while studying full-time in Ithaca, working just a few hours a week.

  • The Park School's Los Angeles Program operates year-round and has a separate database.
  • Learn more about interning Fall or Spring in New York City through the ICNYC program.
  • A partnership with Cornell in Washington provides an opportunity to intern in D.C. Fall or Spring.

For each credit hour, students must work 60 hours over the course of the semester or summer. They can be paid or unpaid and are graded pass/fail.

Paid vs. Unpaid - U.S. Department of Labor – Fact Sheet

Park School Summer Internship Funding

Eligibility: students must have a demonstrated financial need as rated by the Office of Student Financial Services after reviewing your FAFSA (preference deadline is March 1st).

Applications will be available for the academic year 20-21 starting in February 2020.

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

Kirk has been a development professional, manager, consultant, executive, and business partner in multiple industries. He has led corporate implementation projects in Learning Management, CRM, and ERP Systems, as well as spearheaded change management initiatives and employee training programs.

Kirk has worked directly with Fortune 500 companies on best practices in workplace learning and has managed collaborations, benchmarking, and learning technology experiments. He has been selected multiple times to lead conference sessions on Training, e-Learning and Social Media. He is a NCAA basketball and soccer referee, foster parent, and was honored as "Volunteer of the Year" for CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services in Saratoga County, NY. He is also former President of the Ithaca College Alumni Board and loves everything Ithaca.

The Professional Development Coordinator is available after you have looked for opportunities at:


We use this for all internship/job postings (you already have account using Netpass)


(search for Ithaca College alumni using filter in search box and connect)

IC Mentor Connect

Alumni here are interested in mentoring and helping (Login using LinkedIn button on home page)

Internship Database

We use Handshake now, but this is a good reference to see where others have done internships in past


Create your account with Ithaca email address or with a non-IC address through your Handshake
account (an access code can be found in Handshake).


Student at internship
Planning for an Internship

Preparing For Internship Search

When Should I Start Looking?

We recommend that students begin shadowing professionals in their areas of interest as soon as their first year. In this way, they have a better idea of the organizations that might provide internships in their own hometowns AND they have a better idea of the kinds of jobs that exist in their field.

Once you feel you're ready for an internship, it’s never too early to start! You can start by meeting with Career Services for assistance – they can help you assess your interests, strengths and skills, create a resume, participate in practice interviews, research organizations and employers and finally search and apply for opportunities.

Each organization follows its own recruitment schedule, but we recommend that a student should begin the process 6-9 months in advance of when they hope to participate in an internship. Students may participate in an internship in the fall, spring or summer semester.