Internships are an important way to get your foot in the door, and an exceptional way to learn about different industries and jobs through actual experience. For example, you may wonder exactly what a public relations account executive does all day—interning for a PR firm will answer your questions! Maybe you're curious if you would like working for a radio station—intern for one and find out! Maybe you like sports, but aren't precisely clear what game day operations entail—you could learn by interning for the Flyers!
All Communication majors are required to complete one internship, and many choose to do another as an elective. At your internship, you'll learn how to apply skills you learned in class to a real-world setting. You'll also acquire entry-level skills and knowledge needed for future employment in a communications-related area. Our students intern at every type of media organization, including the Flyers, public relations firms, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and NBC 10, among others.
Holy Family University's Experiential Learning Department will help you find the ideal placement. Our students intern in many different fields: event planning, public relations, broadcasting, journalism, news production, sports, and marketing, among others. We will help find the best internship site for you, support you throughout your experience, and help you synthesize what you learned. Interning can be a wonderful educational experience, and will inevitably assist you in finding the right post-graduation career.
Caitlin Coughlin (Class of 2018)
"At my internship with WFMZ-TV 69News, I had the opportunity to learn a lot. During my time as an intern, I was taught how to write news scripts for the anchors to read during the newscasts, went out on the scene with reporters and photojournalists where I would take pictures for the station’s website, and learned the behind-the-scenes of producing. I learned so many valuable skills that I will be able to apply to my future career."
Samantha Melvin (Class of 2018)
"At Viral Ideas, during my internship, I was able to learn a lot working in a small environment closely with my co-workers. I assisted the cinematographer while we were on set at productions, and helped write the scripts, source the actors, locations, and managed each production. I also managed the company's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Working at a start-up gave me the chance to take on a leadership role and gain confidence in my abilities."
Bill Leifholtz (Class of 2014)
"As a Communications major, my classes helped me learn about craft and prepared me for life post-graduation. The individual attention I received was beneficial. The Experiential Learning program gave me a head start on my career. Throughout my internship, I was given advice and direction to help me succeed. I interned as a writer/editor for The Sports Network and was immediately immersed into my field. The internship lasted just a semester, but I was hired as a part-time employee afterward, and eventually was brought on as a full-time employee as soon as I graduated. The Experiential Learning program and my classes as a Communications major gave me the rare opportunity to start my career immediately and for that I am grateful."
Rachel Helkowski (Class of 2015)
"I came to Holy Family University not knowing what my major should be. I decided to take a couple communications courses in my sophomore year, and it was the best decision I could have made. I now have an internship that I love at a local communications firm and I am so excited to see what lies ahead."