About The Communication & Media Studies Internship Program
It is our hope that every Communication & Media Studies Internship student develops effective career-building skills and benefits from authentic professional work experience opportunities while at Marist College.
The Communication & Media Studies Internship Program is dedicated to a holistic philosophy of career education with an emphasis on self-direction, personal growth and professional development.
We strive to:
1) Provide field experience opportunities that are authentic and rigorous,
2) Challenge students through substantial and meaningful reflection-analysis assignments, and;
3) Ensure that the internship process provides an atmosphere in which student learning comes first.
We follow the principles of best practice for field experience and experiential learning as set forth by the National Society of Experiential Education and the National Association of Colleges & Employers.
The Marist Communication Internship Program was founded in the mid-1970s by Prof. Robert C. Norman, who assisted a handful of students with internship placements in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Prof. Norman had worked for many years as a radio newsman for many radio stations and for the CBS Radio Network in New York. He grew the program from its modest beginnings of placing just a handful of students each year to placing several dozen students each semester by the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, the Communication Internship Program partnered with Marist's Study Abroad Office to pioneer study abroad internships in London, Dublin and Sydney and other overseas sites. Also, the internship curriculum was modernized with new approaches to reflection-analysis assignments. Further, a prerequisite career preparation class was added. In 2003, the New York Media Experience Program was launched, offering a full-time Fall or Spring residential internship option in New York City. That program was expanded and renamed Marist In Manhattan in 2009. Today, approximately 250 Communication & Media Studies majors and minors participate each year in credit-bearing field experience opportunities both domestically and internationally.
Our students are placed in internships with leading companies in New York City, as well as with local employers in the Hudson Valley area. Students often return to their hometown areas for Summer internships. Here is the latest list of sites:
Outcomes & Participation
The Communication & Media Arts Internship Program is voluntary for most students (Only Sports Communication majors are required to complete an internship) We're proud to say that 60% percent of our students participate in the program and that 43% are repeat participants.
Internship sponsors consistently rank our students among the very best. Here is a snapshot of recent performance evaluations.
Director - Asst. Prof. Gerry McNulty
MA, Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y., BA, Marist College
Gerry is a former longtime newspaper reporter and editor who has managed the Communication & Media Studies Internship Program since 1996. He played a leading role in the development of the International Internship Program at Marist and founded the precursor program that became Marist in Manhattan. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Experiential Education and on various committees for that organization. Also, he is a former Head of the Internships & Careers Interest Group of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition to his duties as Internship Director, Gerry teaches classes in Communication, Journalism and Career Development.
Teaching Credential, History & English, St. Mary's College
Sara is an experienced public speaker, teacher and corporate trainer with experience in public relations/marketing, leadership and education. She currently teaches full-time in the Communication Department at Marist. She has also held positions with the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center. Sara has delivered inspiring, empowering keynotes and training sessions to groups of all sizes, including Mayor's Office of New York City, Department of Family and Social Services-Westchester County, and Lehigh University.