For Internship providers

We welcome inquiries from organizations who might have internship opportunities for our students. To qualify as an internship, the experience must:

  • provide opportunities for students both to practice their skills and knowledge, but also to gain new knowledge and skills
  • be supervised by a professional in the communications field
  • be evaluated by the site supervisor, providing useful feedback to the student

Opportunities for students to merely put their skills into action (such as "I want a promotional video produced for my company, or I need somebody to be the social media presence for my non-profit) generally do NOT qualify as internships. They might be paid opportunities for students, but they're not a situation in which students are learning from a professional who is more qualified than they are. Since we give academic credit for internships, they need to result in the same kind of learning they might experience in an upper-level class.

While some internships are 'vitual', much of the learning for students is being in a professional setting where they can observe interactions and meetings. When we've approved virtual internships, the students do have opportunities to meet face-to-face with their supervisors and they are generally in organizations that are by their very nature virtual.

Internship Best Practices for Employers

We use Handshake and it’s free to employers. It will also enable you to connect with and post at the many other institutions that utilize it. You may sign up at https://ithaca.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new. From there, just follow the steps to create an Employer account. Once your organization has been approved, you are free to post opportunities. This will allow us to share it with the right students. Handshake gives you the option to put limitations on your application criteria, from graduation year, major, to GPA, so please feel free to make your application criteria match what you’re seeking. We also share job postings with alumni through Handshake.

Whom do I contact?

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