The Department of Mass Communications recently revamped its internship program to further enhance experiences for students and community partners. The program provides mutual benefits by matching students’ knowledge and skills sets with organizations’ needs.

“The program is a win-win situation. The organizations give our students practical experience and the ability to apply skills they learn in the classroom. And our students bring energy, enthusiasm, strong work ethic, and a fresh perspective,” said Dr. Patrick Hadley, assistant professor and co-chair of the department’s experiential learning committee.

Students regularly intern with many local businesses, including Southwire Company and Greenway Medical Technologies in public relations, Gradick Communications radio stations, and the Times-Georgian. “The editors and staff at the Times-Georgian saw my potential and challenged me,” said Catalina Trivino, mass communications student. “The experience has made me a better reporter and opened up opportunities.”

One sought-after skill that mass communications students offer local organizations is expertise in social media. “Our students learn in the classroom and through experiential opportunities how to develop and implement effective social media messages and plans,” said Hadley.

The department plans to continue to grow the internship program and welcomes partnerships.