It’s an exciting time to be a part of the School of Media and Communication (SMC), where the selection of campus media, clubs, internships, organizations and study-away opportunities grow every year. Through such activities, you’ll create valuable connections with your community, peers and professors; gain knowledge and experience in different fields of study; and delve into subjects you’re passionate about—all while building your résumé.
Whether you want to kick off your future with an internship at an advertising agency, learn international communications strategies in a new city or a foreign country, or roll up your sleeves and work on a campus publication or at a radio station, you’ll find peers and programs that strengthen your skills and broaden your perspective.
As an SMC student, you can obtain internships in a variety of settings related to your field of study. Internships can open doors of all kinds: They enable you to meet new people and develop significant professional networks and personal connections, and they provide real-world experience that can serve as a springboard for your life after graduation. And you can feel confident knowing that SMC faculty and SMC Career Center staff work closely with internship providers to ensure you’re treated with respect and your work is valued.
You’ll discover new internship opportunities listed daily on SMConnect—our exclusive internship and job portal. Use SMConnect to complete a student profile, upload your résumé and apply for career opportunities.
All SMC students have the opportunity to explore internships that are directly related to their degrees.
All advertising majors are required to do either a professional internship or be involved with Diamond Edge Communications, our student-run ad agency. Both offer valuable hands-on experience in professional advertising-related experiences. Diamond Edge works with local Philadelphia clients under the supervision of an advertising professor to develop strategic plans, research, digital and traditional creative materials, media plans and presentations. Upon completion of an internship within the Advertising program, you'll prepare a portfolio of work that will be a valuable asset as you begin your career search.
Internships are often available at a variety of firms within the field of media and advertising, like
- advertising agencies;
- corporate marketing departments;
- hospitality and tourism venues;
- interactive agencies;
- media buying and planning firms;
- online, print, radio and TV media outlets; and
- production companies.
Our internship directors and faculty members and the director of Career Services will not only guide you through the process of seeking and identifying quality internship opportunities, but also help you prepare a résumé, write cover letters, and create a LinkedIn page. The Advertising Department also maintains a listserv that posts new internship opportunities every day.
Communications Studies Internships
Though not required for graduation, internships are strongly recommended by the Communication Studies program. Internships provide you with hands-on experience, skills for working in organizational settings and degree credits, all at the same time.
Placements include media- and communication-related outlets, such as
- an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Defense,
- community organizations,
- international organizations,
- major corporations, and
- radio and TV stations.
The Department of Communication Studies also maintains a listserv that lists new internship opportunities on a daily basis. For details about expectations, policies and standards, review the Internship Manual.
During junior or senior year of the Journalism undergraduate program, you may opt to take an internship that will give you a competitive edge in the field while earning credit towards your degree. Our students have interned at non- and for-profit companies, as well as local, state and federal government agencies. One student even spent a term working at the White House.
Though most of the opportunities are located in the tri-state area—particularly in Philadelphia and its suburbs, as well as southern New Jersey—some have been in places like Denver; New York; and Washington, D.C. Regardless of location, Journalism interns have gotten experience at numerous media- and journalism-related firms and agencies, including
- corporate communications departments,
- digital communications and new media agencies,
- online publications,
- radio stations
- TV stations, and
- wire service bureaus.
At the graduate level, you may earn academic credit for an internship in a field related to journalism and mass communication that is carefully monitored and supervised. Graduate internships have requirements that include consultation with the organization or business offering the internship, specifications of the duties to be undertaken and regular reports from a designated supervisor. You may not earn academic credit for current employment experience.
For details about expectations, policies and standards, review the Internship Handbook. New internship opportunities can be found on the internship database, the Journalism Student Listserv and on the third floor of Annenberg Hall. You may also seek approval to perform an internship at a venue of your choice. Keep in mind that in order to earn credit for your internship, the work must be with a legitimate communications-related organization and related to the fields covered in your courses.
Media Studies and Production (MSP) Internships
All Media Studies and Production majors are required to complete either an internship or a practicum during junior or senior year. (A minimum overall GPA 2.75 is required.) Hundreds of businesses, institutions and organizations in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and across the nation provide opportunities for our students to work in relevant professional fields while earning course credit. Opportunities are available in a variety of media-related outlets, including
- advertising agencies,
- graphic design and multimedia agencies,
- radio stations,
- recording studios,
- sports leagues and sports media outlets,
- TV stations, and
- video production agencies.
Strategic Communication Internships
Though not required, internships or communications field experiences are highly recommended for Strategic Communication majors. In addition to earning academic credit, students will gain industry experience in a wide cross-section of organizations, including
- community outreach and development firms,
- communication consulting firms,
- corporate strategic planning firms,
- copywriting departments,
- human resources departments,
- fundraising and event planning organizations,
- media relations agencies,
- public relations firms, and
- strategic planning firms.
Internship and communication field experience opportunities are posted regularly to the Strategic Communication listserv, and students are free to secure their own internships and communication field experiences. To do so, you must provide written proof of an opportunity and seek departmental approval.
If the thought of getting hands-on professional experience while living in a foreign country or a major U.S. metropolis sounds enticing, then SMC’s Global Internship program can help you get there. As a global intern, you can choose from cities like Barcelona, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Paris or numerous, major U.S. cities. You’ll spend three weeks on Temple’s Main Campus studying Intercultural Communication in the Workplace with other Study Away students before departing for a full-time internship at your chosen destination.
Each location combines exciting events, learning and travel with a résumé-building internship. The pre-departure orientation and the Intercultural Communication course will get you fully prepared for the cultural differences you’ll encounter in your host city.
Are you ready to put your knowledge and skills to work in the fields of media and communication? The SMC Career Center can help you prepare for internships and jobs, and eventually, for your career.
The world is literally at your fingertips as a student in SMC, which offers a wide range of learning and living opportunities in Barcelona, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Paris, South Africa and major U.S. cities. No matter where you study, it will broaden your cultural experiences, enrich your academics, help you gain work experience, and broaden your work and worldview. You’ll also develop skills that will give you an edge in today’s competitive and expanding global market.
SMC’s Study Away adventures are available to undergraduate and graduate students from all universities and disciplines.
Student Organizations & Opportunities
Joining a student organization can affect your career and college experience in meaningful ways. Not only will you learn how to work with a team, you’ll also gain access to exciting projects, peer support and valuable networking opportunities. As a future communication professional or scholar, an international media professional, a journalist, or a TV anchor, your participation in student organizations will support and accelerate your academic, personal and professional growth.
Examine the role advertising plays in our everyday lives and gain advertising awareness, education and hands-on experience through the Temple Ad Club. We also study advertising’s growing power and effect in the ever-expanding “real world,” while giving driven students of all majors chances to explore and express their creativity.
The American Advertising Federation protects and promotes the advertising field through a rare, nationally coordinated, grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, college chapters, local advertising clubs and media companies.
(All undergraduate programs)
Ready to bring your photography to market? The Aperture Photo Agency is a full-service, student-run photo agency that specializes in images of Philadelphia. Students can advertise their photographic services and sell their stock photography.
Join Temple University’s Black Public Relations Society (TUBPRS), a professional public relations organization that creates, cultivates and encourages a supportive community for aspiring African American PR majors. TUBPRS offers networking and volunteer opportunities with local PR projects and events, as well as connections to other BPRS chapters.
(Communication Studies majors)
Network with other Communication Studies majors and engage in artful, intellectual communication through the Communication Studies Club. We invite speakers and specialists to talk with the group about their respective fields or bodies of research and how students can benefit from their expertise and knowledge. As a member, you’ll be able to pursue external research opportunities and establish strong networking connections to strengthen your academics and your career.
Create real work for paying clients via Diamond Edge Communications, one of only a few such student-run advertising agencies in the nation. Diamond Edge’s vibrant environment challenges, encourages and welcomes its members to showcase their knowledge and sharpen their skills.
If you’re interested in breaking into magazine publishing, join Ed2010. A collegiate offshoot of a networking and mentoring community for aspiring magazine editors, Ed2010 can help you fulfill your dreams of landing top editing and writing positions.
Communicate through Her Campus Temple, a branch of a nationally recognized online magazine that promotes the opinions and voices of college women of different backgrounds. It serves as a hub for everything college women need to know on campus, in Philadelphia and beyond.
Join the more than 200 college chapters nationwide that are challenged to develop integrated marketing campaigns for a specific brand, product or service aimed at diverse target markets. Each year, the American Advertising Federation selects a major corporate client with which to partner, and that corporate sponsor provides a real-world case study that outlines its campaign objective, the history of its product and its current advertising situation. Students must research the product and its competition, identify potential problem areas, and collaborate to devise a completely integrated marketing campaign for the client.
Develop strategic thinking and gain tactical practice working at this student-run PR firm. Members apply their classroom knowledge to real-world settings, become part of an interactive communications process, create and execute public relations campaigns, form valuable relationships with professionals in the Philadelphia area, and prepare for life after graduation.
Gain a variety of PR experience, tools and valuable information through the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Weekly meetings feature guest speakers from various environments, guided tours of agencies and networking opportunities for members. PRSSA also offers hands-on experience through fundraising and PRowl Public Relations, Temple’s student-run PR firm.
Discover a diverse field of industry professionals, journalism educators and students through the Radio Television Digital News Association, the world’s largest professional organization that exclusively serves the electronic news profession and is dedicated to encouraging and supporting excellence in digital journalism.
Join the Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Student Club, and you’ll discuss important social and political issues; explore a variety of issues related to activism, campaign management, community organizing, social change, social justice and social movements; and gain access to networking opportunities for like-minded students. You’ll also be able to stay savvy about cutting-edge advocacy trends and gain exposure to worldly issues through campus-based advocacy efforts, public debates and speakers.
Temple University’s yearbook, Templar, captures life at the university in a quick snapshot of the past academic year and celebrates each year’s graduating class.
Gain networking opportunities that could launch your career through Temple’s Association of Black Journalists, an official student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Through collaborative conferences, networking dinners, panel discussions, service activities and social events, the Temple University Society of Professional Journalists promotes the creation of contacts for future journalists. We’re dedicated to the perpetuation of the free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.
Actively practice your craft and get hands-on experience in your desired field through Temple’s renowned campus media. Our students hold staff positions at student media outlets like Temple Update and The Temple News, and perform internships at WRTI, Temple’s award-winning public radio station.
Sharpen your knowledge in the fields of audio engineering, communications, journalism, music and new media by working with Bell Tower Music—Temple University’s own nonprofit, student-run record label that develops and supports the musical diversity of its students. The label promotes its own artists and others in and around the Temple area, aiming to strengthen the community by celebrating music that supports the many cultures that make up Temple’s student body.
Design, photograph, write and sell ads for Fourteenth Street, a student-produced magazine that is a website year-round and is circulated in The Temple News as a print magazine every spring. You may volunteer for Fourteenth Street or take it as a class.
Participate in OwlSports Update, a weekly, student-run show about Temple University’s intercollegiate athletic programs. It is anchored, edited, filmed and produced by Temple students, who can volunteer to work on the show or take it as a class.
Produce The Temple News, the university’s award-winning, student-run print and online magazine that reaches all 40,000 students, faculty and staff of Temple University. Many SMC students edit, write and hold other jobs at the publication.
Earn news-gathering experience by focusing on news and events on campus, in the surrounding area and anywhere there is a story of interest to the Temple community through Temple Update.* A weekly, half-hour TUTV news program anchored, directed, produced and written by students, Temple Update is produced each week in the TV News Broadcast Production Practicum class and is assisted by a dedicated staff of student volunteers. Temple Update alumni work across the U.S. in front of the camera and behind the scenes; in news, public relations and sales; and in other kinds of media- and communication-related work.
*NOTE: Update Ahora is the Spanish-language service of Temple Update.
Broadcasting to the city of Philadelphia on channel 50 on Comcast digital cable and channel 45 on Verizon FIOS, TUTV is Temple University’s digital cable station. It features programming from SMC and other schools and colleges universitywide. TUTV airs major events, like the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards, and original programming that includes documentaries, lectures, student films, the student news show Temple Update, symposia and theater productions.
Join WRTI and broadcast to the more than 339,000 listeners who tune in to WRTI each week on the radio, the station’s two 24-hour web streams and internet radio. Many SMC students get internships at this award-winning, listener-supported NPR radio station.
Get involved with WHIP, Temple University’s student-run radio station, and celebrate and express the diversity and the voices of Temple students.