Department of English, Communication, and Philosophy
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Madison, NJ 07940

The Bachelor of Arts in
Communication Studies

Internships and Careers

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The Communication Studies major culminates in an internship in a communications-related organization where students acquire real-world experience. While on campus, students are encouraged to gain experience by working on the campus newspaper, radio station, literary magazine and to be active in student organizations.

Communication Studies faculty work with students in regular advising sessions to identify and refine their "Dream Job". The faculty coordinates with Career Management to expand internship opportunities based on this information and seeks to develop a strong network of mentors and employers for undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to develop portfolios of their internship experiences and to incorporate their practical experiences into coursework.

Students gain experience in internships in a wide range of settings:

  • Corporations
  • Government Offices
  • Theaters, Film Studios
  • Schools, Museums, Health Organizations
  • Television or Radio Stations
  • Newspapers or Magazines

Communication Studies internships help students to refine their career goals and provide a pathway to employment opportunities after graduation. Graduates of the program are employed throughout the northeast in a wide range of corporations and nonprofit organizations as editors, writers, marketing representatives, public relations specialists, events coordinators, or assistant producers. In addition, many students have gone into teaching and the law.

Careers in Journalism and Organizational Communication can include:

  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Copyeditor
  • Corporate communications executive
  • Sales representative
  • Human resources manager
  • Public information officer
  • Negotiator
  • Account executive
  • Lobbyist
  • Press secretary
  • Convention organizer
  • Legislative assistant
  • Personnel recruiter
  • Speech writer
  • Pollster
  • Research specialist.

Careers in Public Relations and Advertising can include:

  • Corporate public affairs specialist
  • Account executive
  • Marketing specialist
  • Creative director
  • Sales manager
  • Publicity manager
  • Copy writer
  • Media analyst
  • Media buyer
  • Advertising manager
  • Marketing specialist
  • Press agent
  • Fundraiser
  • Membership recruiter
  • News writer
  • Public opinion researcher

Careers in Media and Visual Communication can include:

  • Entertainment agent
  • Audio-visual consultant
  • Station programmer
  • Broadcast advertising sales
  • Broadcasting station manager
  • Community relations director
  • News director
  • News writer
  • Technical director
  • Media buyer
  • Market researcher
  • Announcer
  • Disc jockey
  • News anchor
  • Casting director
  • Producer
  • Account executive
  • Talk show host

Current and Recent Internships

Christina Boudreau is currently completing an internship in the area of Public Relations at Brushfire, Inc.

Rachel Bocchino and Brian McCauley are currently completely their internships at MTV in New York City.

Ameya Sirur completed an internship last summer while working for the Times of India. He has several bylines and wonderful portfolio to show for his efforts.

Melissa Tramantano completed her internship last summer at AOL/Time Warner in New York.

Copyright 2002 by Fairleigh Dickinson University
This site last updated April 23, 2002, by Gary P. Radford.