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Communication Studies and Theatre Internships

"My internship with WHSV has given me insight into whether or not I really want to be in the news business. From the internship I have learned that I can do without being on camera. I think it has shown me that I don't need to be in the spotlight. I'd much rather work behind the scenes and let a story tell itself. Without this internship I would have never gotten to experience ALL of the positions that interest me in television news." ~Terri Baker, Class of '07

Internships are a valuable way to gain experience in an area of work you may want to pursue. Communication Studies encompasses a wide variety of fields, so a better way to know what you want to do with your degree is to find an internship and get hands-on experience. By having a firsthand knowledge of your field of interest, you may be able to better decide what sort of job you will want to look for once you graduate from Bridgewater College. Internships are also a good way to enhance your resume. Both the general internship searches and the specific internship websites are provided below to help you find an internship.

Before you begin your internship, you need to know all of the internship requirements so you can receive full credit for your internship.


Contact Dr. Pierson, Communication Studies Internship Coordinator.

Media Internships

Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens offer a fall television production internship as well as a radio production internship to help students better understand the day-to-day operations of the broadcast department for the Ravens.

Clear Channel Radio
If you are interested in working in broadcasting, an internship with one of Clear Channel Radio's six local radio stations may be right for you. Students can work with a variety of different music stations including country, rock, and top 40.

Daily News Record
The Daily News Record is Harrisonburg and Rockingham county's local newspaper. The Daily News Record provides internships where students can get firsthand news writing experience.

WHSV Channel 3
WHSV is Harrisonburg's local television station. Students interested in broadcast journalism work are provided with the opportunity to shadow reporters, the producer, the photographer and other positions at the station.

Public Relations Internships

Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce
The Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce has internships in public relations and events planning. In the past, Students have worked with the Beer and Wine Festival and in the Chamber of Commerce public relations office.

Harrisonburg Turks
The Harrisonburg Turks are one of ten Valley League baseball teams. Summer internships are offered in areas of sports management, communication and radio broadcasting.

Luray Wranglers
The Wranglers are another Valley League team located approximately twenty-five minutes from Harrisonburg. Students interested in sports communication and broadcasting can find an internship with the Wranglers.

Waynesboro Generals
Another member of the Valley League, the Generals not only provide summer internships in the areas of web radio broadcasting, public relations and promotions but also offer advertising internships during the spring semester.

Summer Internships

Free Lance-Star
The Free Lance-Star is located in Fredricksburg, Virginia. It is a paid, 10-week internship where students work along side an editor completing various news-writing assignments.

Maryland Zoo
The Maryland Zoo is located in Baltimore and summer internships include working with some of the daily operations of the park including ride attendants, cashiers and rental stuff.

Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles provide a seasonal merchandise internship that begins in late May and goes through the end of January. The intern will assist the Direct Stores Managers.

National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Located in Washington, DC, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association offers internships each semester, including the summer. Interns will gain experience in writing, research, special event assistance, general office duties and some database entry.

National Organization for Women
The National Organization for Women (NOW) offers summer internships in Washington, DC. Interns may assist with researching and writing articles for the National Now Times through a communications internship; work on pickets, campaigns, conferences, and speaking tours through the field organizing team internship; lobby and assist with legislative research and writing through the government policy internship or choose from one of four other areas.

OneWorld is an online news organization located in Washington, DC. Interns will work closely with the OneWorld U.S. editorial team on producing the Global Daily Headlines section of the website and email newsletter and the daily OneWorld on Yahoo! world news service.

The Smithsonian Institute provides a variety of internships in many different areas of interest. Students interested in American studies, art history, journalism, photography, history and culture should take time to navigate through the Smithsonian's many internship opportunities.

Theatre Internships

There are a variety of theater internships offered. The list is located on the Theatre Internship Page and includes theatre centered placement and service organizations, newspaper and periodicals, and bookstores.

General Internship Searches

The websites below will provide you with internship search engines that can help you find internships all over the country.

Journalism Jobs
National Internships Online
Public Relations Internships
Rising Star Internships
Virginia Internships 1
Virginia Internships 2