About The Communication & Media Studies Internship Program

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Guidelines

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.

History

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.

Placements

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:

2015_16 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.

internship outcomes

 

 

Staff

Prof. Gerry McNulty

Coordinator Sare Nowlin
 
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