The department of Mass Communications requires students to take part in an internship as part of the major. Professor George Cooke praised his department’s internship requirement, saying students are getting “real, working-world experience.” Linda Hannan, Principia’s internship coordinator, concurs, noting, “It’s the best way to bridge what you’re learning in school and what you think you want to do afterwards.”

Here are a few examples of past internships held by Mass Communications majors:

Jamie Eichar (C’11) interned for Fig Media in Chicago, a small company that provides videographers, photographers, and deejays for events. “They’ve given me a full wedding to edit,” said Eichar, excited by the prospect of combining hours of video footage and hundreds of pictures into a polished final product. “I feel like I’m doing real work—not just making coffee.”

Andie Raffles (C’11) interned for the National Ice Center, an Olympic training facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to revamping templates and updating the Center’s website, Raffles was trusted with the task of redesigning their fall/winter brochure from cover to cover. “It was really cool to see the final proof,” Raffles shared. “They’re going to send it out to 1,000 homes!”

Among the many benefits of interning is the possibility of a job offer. Alex Strezev (C’10) was offered a job at Saddle Ranch Productions, a video company based in Beverly Hills. He gladly accepted. Kirsten Johnson (C'12) interned at the Unleaded Group in Denver, Colorado, between her junior and senior years. She's now working for them as a project manager.

Other past locations for mass communication summer internships include JD Designs Group in Hollywood, Saint Louis television station KPLR, Connecticut radio station WEBE, and TMC Youth.