The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications encourages undergraduate students to complete internships, multiple internships if possible, to help prepare them for careers in the field of communications.
Internships represent a vital part of the proven approach that the Bellisario College utilizes to help prepare students for success. That combination of classroom instruction, campus media opportunities and career preparation provides a well-rounded experience for students. Plus, a dedicated, three-person staff focuses exclusively on internships and career services in the Bellisario College.
During internships students get hands-on real life experience, opportunities that allow them to better understand potential careers -- enabling them to confirm their intended plans or learn more about a field in a manner that's simply not possible through experience limited only to the classroom.
Students complete more than 500 for-credit internships each calendar year, and whether the experience heightens their passion for a career path or helps them reevaluate what they want, those students invariably appreciate the opportunity an internship provides.
In addition, Penn State's career-services efforts were recently ranked as the second best in the nation among all colleges and universities.
Through COMM 495, the Bellisario College offers internship opportunities with advertising agencies, broadcasting outlets, public relations offices, magazines, media entities and many other communications-related companies and organizations.
For details about the internship process, our list of more than 4,200 approved internship sites and more, please visit the internship information page.
Students completing an in-person/for-credit internship in Spring 2021: If at any time during the semester your internship has an in-person element, you will need to complete the Exception and Acknowledgement forms. LINK
A one-stop resource for students and recent graduates. For student scheduling, please consider:
- a 30-minute appointment for a quick check-in or resume review;
- a 60-minute appointment for an internship meeting or writing a resume; or
- a 90-minute appointment for a senior career meeting with Assistant Dean Bob Martin.
The Office of Internships and Career Services conducts three communications-specific job fairs each year. All three — JobExpo.Comm on campus, Success in the City in New York City and COMM Careers in the Capital in Washington, D.C. — are specifically for Bellisario College students.
- COMM Careers in the Capital / Washington, D.C.
- JobExpo.Comm / University Park
- Success in the City / New York City
Alone or in combination, the events provide valuable opportunities to connect students with internships or job openings. (During the 2020-21 academic year, all the events were conducted virtually.)
Success in the City