Students are required to complete an internship or experience for credit at an institution, organization or company related to their field of study. The course allows students to gain and reflect on experience with New York City-based organizations. In order to complete this requirement, students have two options: Option A – Independently find your own internship or develop an experience/project, or Option B – Secure a guaranteed internship through our NYC partner organization, DCI.
Students undertake a summer-long internship or experience that directly furthers their practical knowledge of public communication, public relations or organizational leadership. Students will be supervised and graded by the internship coordinator or other suitable faculty member. The final grade is based on work journals, a final paper, attendance at meetings, the supervisor’s report, and a portfolio of all work created during the experience.
You can read a few journal entries from the NYC Summer 2012 students here.
Finding an Internship or Developing an Experience Project
Internships in New York City are extremely competitive and often demanding, therefore, students will have the option to either participate in a traditional internship or develop their own experience project with oversight from the NYC faculty director. Students that select Experience to fulfill the program requirement and those students that decide to find their own internship in New York City fall under Option A. Students that are interested in securing a guaranteed internship of their own choosing will select Option B. This option will also include all of your necessary on-site amenities, including housing, meals, program events, and transportation.
Students will earn credit from Temple University and earn 1-4 Internship/Experience credits (STRC 4289), in addition to the six credits awarded for the NYC Neighborhoods (3 credits – STRC 4212) Institutions (3 credits – STRC 4213) courses. Further details about all three required courses can be found here. In addition to the extensive knowledge you will gain each Saturday in class and while completing course assignments, students that select Option A will also have the opportunity to build on that experience through a self-directed and independently sourced internship, volunteer placement and/or independent project/experience. An Option A experience and the two New York City courses will ensure you come to know and love your new home in the Big Apple.
Recent Option A Internship Placements
Below is a list of companies where previous New York City students have interned by securing a placement on their own. Pleased be advised that we encourage students to be very open to internship placements. It is in your best interest not to get to fixed on any one company as placements change frequently and it all depends on what the company needs at a given time. Flexibility with placement in your specific area of interest will enable a great internship experience. We now have over 7,000 internship links for accepted students to peruse, including internship placements in the arts, media, music, and many other industries.
Option B – Guaranteed Internship Process
By selecting Option B, you will work one-on-one with an industry expert, who will help you refine your interviewing skills, perfect your resume, and ultimately help you secure an internship in your desired field, as he/she will give you access to thousands of internships at exclusive companies. In addition to the extensive knowledge you will gain each Saturday in class and while completing course assignments, students that select Option B will also have the opportunity to participate in additional social and cultural events throughout New York City while also participating in a resume building internship. A guaranteed internship and the two New York City courses will ensure you come to know and love your new home in the Big Apple.
The process for securing your guaranteed internship is described in detail below.
Each student will work with their Internship Coordinator to find the best fit for an internship based off of their academic background and skill set. The goal is to educate and prepare each student for an internship in their desired field. This commitment focuses on enhancing each student’s industry aptitude by enabling them to gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, the student has full control of the internship placement process. If DCI, the program provider, is unable to place a student in an internship that meets their sole approval by their placement deadline, they will receive a full refund.
Step 1: Internship Coordinator & Mentor Management
- Studens are assigned an Internship Coordinator (IC) that is an expert in the industry and program location
- The IC serves as the direct point of contact for all questions related to the program and placement process
Step 2: Resume Revision
- Students are guided through a world class resume revision process with a focus on how to bring out the best in each student’s resume
Step 3: Interview Preparation
- 95% of interviews will be conducted over the phone
- IC works to prepare each student using:
- Custom interview tutorial
- One-on-One mock interviews
Step 4: Internship Selection
- Full access to Internship Database, which includes:
- Detailed information regarding employers
- Internship descriptions and requirements
- IC will ask student to select a group of approximately 3-5 companies/internships
- Student reviews companies/internships available, discusses with IC
Step 5: Resume Submission/Interview
- Final target list of companies discussed and outlined with IC
- IC reaches out to the selected companies on the student’s behalf and submits resumes
- IC works to set up phone interviews
Step 6: After Interviewing
If the employer offers the student an internship position, a formal agreement is sent to the student
- Student must either Accept or Decline the position
- Accepted: Student is officially placed
- Declined: Steps 5 and 6 will repeat until the placement is official
Examples of Option B Internship Placements
Internships are available in the following fields: Advertising, Casting, Public Relations, Television, Film, Talent Agencies, Theater, Fashion, Radio Broadcasting, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Tourism & Hospitality, Music, Marketing, Photography, Publishing, Interior Design, Human Resources, Non-profits, Technology and many more!
Examples of some well-known internship placements include: NYC Media, Tribecca Film, EUE Screen Gems, Plum Pictures, Renart Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Bobs Your Uncle Creative Production Company, Anonymous Content, Greenland, Corra Films, 4th Row Films, Chelsea, Elephant Eye Films, Company Agenda, Rogers & Cowan, Pitch Control PR, Factory PR, Judith Ripka, Sephora, Seventh House, Escada, Le Sportac, Dolce & Gabbana, BCBG MaxAzaria, Gorgio Armani, Deisel, Chanel, Gucci Group, Maxim.com, Adidas, Make A Wish, Universal, Macmillan, Newsweek, Hall & Partners Brand and Communication Research Agency, The Gates, Touch, SKA Events, Indiana Market & Catering, Shiraz, Re: Entertainment, La Pomme, Quintessentially, Matthew Robbins Design, Merrill Lynch, and many more!