Internships

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Professional communications industry internships are an integral part of the Newhouse student experience, and Newhouse's Career Development Center is a vital resource for your internship search. 

The CDC maintains a listing of current internship opportunities, industry directories, trade magazines and an alumni database for networking and possible internship leads. CDC staff can also help you write your résumé and cover letter for internship applications.

During the fall and spring semesters, the CDC holds "Finding an Internship" seminars that provide you with tips on how to conduct proactive internship searches. The seminars include tours of the CDC and its resources.

The CDC also provides a step-by-step guide to earning credit for your internship.

You can also join the CDC Newhouse Internship Group on LinkedIn, where you can network and share experiences with other students. 

Saquandra Heath ’17, NFL

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Communications intern at the NFL, New York City

During her internship at the NFL, Saquandra helped to oversee and write content that helped update NFL personnel on current activities and information for players, coaches and teams. She also put together the NFL Legends Community Newsletter highlighting the work of previous players, created the daily clippings for NFL-related news, helped create game capsules and transcribed interviews for the organization. Saquandra completed this internship the summer before her senior year. “It was an amazing internship, and was a great way to gain experience in a fast-paced environment.”

Satoshi Sugiyama ’18, Associated Press

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Journalism intern at the Associated Press, Tokyo

Satoshi worked hard to write 10 news articles for his team. In addition to the writing, he worked at the Associated Press TV network where he filmed live news, edited video content and translated material into different languages. Satoshi’s work was published in The Washington Post and Yahoo!, and he gained experience sending video content to the London AP headquarters for additional coverage. This was Satoshi’s first internship experience. “I got hands-on experience writing news articles, while also gaining experience with camera equipment. Best of both worlds!”

Brittany Muller ’17, NBC

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News Producing Intern at NBC, Miami

During her internship at NBC in Miami, Brittany was responsible for writing copy for anchors, delivering scripts, working the teleprompter, assisting producers, managing reporters calling into the station, and working the assignment desk. Brittany also gained experience working as a digital sponsorship integration specialist for the Olympics in NBC’s Stamford, Connecticut office. There, she assisted producers and loggers of key moments in the live stream from Rio, was in charge of monitoring four screens at once, and inserted mid-roll commercials during live events. “Though the days were long, I gained so much experience working in a newsroom and was always busy with something to do.”

Kelly Poleman ’18, Discovery Channel

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Programming and Schedule Intern at Discovery Channel, New York City

Kelly’s internship at Discovery Channel was a great experience for her to further her knowledge of the television industry. There, she was responsible for checking the listings of the TV guide companies to make sure it matched the Discovery schedule, checking break formats, updating the daily grids with any scheduling changes for Animal Planet, watching and taking notes on upcoming premieres, as well as coming up with a list of programming to schedule against upcoming movie releases. “Working for Discovery Channel was an all-around incredible experience. Regardless of what department you’re in, the entire company works hard to make you feel welcome, and takes the time to get you involved and teach you material.”

Julia Haber ’18, Spotify

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Brand and Creative Team Intern at Spotify, New York City

As part of the brand and creative team, Julia was responsible for maintaining the image of the brand including partnerships for internal and external launches. She had five large projects to complete while at Spotify including the launch and execution for Google, the Clinton Foundation and for Release Radar. Julia is an advertising major with an emphasis in branding in entrepreneurship. Her best advice to students would be to, “Go out of your way to network and talk to people who have the job you want. Spotify was such a great company to work for and I wouldn’t have gotten it without networking!” 

Steven Spohr ’17, Happy Madison Productions

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Television Development Intern, Happy Madison Productions, Los Angeles

During his internship at Happy Madison Productions, Steven was responsible for writing coverage for books, articles and pilot scripts; assisting with day-to-day office tasks; pitching original ideas and source materials to the development team; supporting the development of pilot scripts, pitches and ideas; and screening ABC’s primetime lineup each day for promos of Happy Madison shows. Steven learned so much and had nothing, but good things to say about his internship experience. “Be honest, nice bright and genial! The people at Happy Madison want students that are a pleasure to work with, work hard, are creative, and open to critiques. It’s a fantastic place to intern, and having my boss be an SU graduate made the experience that much better.”

Chase Guttman '18, New York Daily News

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Assignment photography intern at the New York Daily News, New York City

Chase covered breaking news, crime scenes and feature stories during two successive summer internships at the New York Daily News. Although he was given scheduled assignments every day, his day could change totally, depending on the news. When two artists switched the American flag on the Brooklyn Bridge to a white flag in July, Chase had to go back and forth between the Brooklyn Bridge and a scheduled press conference at New York City Hall about the death of Eric Garner. Chase says the internship helped him learn about photojournalism: how to capture the way people interact, for example, which is different from travel photography — something he has been doing his whole life. “My dream job is to be a photographer for National Geographic Traveler. But whatever I am going to do, I hope it involves photography and travel.”

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