Internships

Allegheny’s partnership with a variety of businesses and organizations allows students to gain hands-on skills that help prepare them for the world. Internships are conducted at a wide variety of sites including theatres, broadcast stations, cable television companies, advertising agencies, public relations firms, hospitals, museums, and government agencies.

Public and commercial TV, radio and film:

KDKA-TV, WQED (Pittsburgh); NBC Headquarters (New York City); WJET, WQLN, WSEE, WICU (Erie); Lloyd Segan Company (film production, Los Angeles)

Public Relations, advertising, graphic arts:

Grey Advertising (New York City, Bucharest); Ketchum Advertising
(Pittsburgh); Pittsburgh Pirates Detroit Pistons; Pennsylvania DEP; London Towers Basketball Club (London, England)

Broadcast Journalism:

WCBS (New York); WMAL (Washington D.C.); WMGW (Meadville)

Theatre:

Public Theatre (NYC), Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ko Festival, New York Classical Theatre, Waterwell Performing Arts Group, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Civic Lights Opera, Student Playwrights’ Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, Dixon Place Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre (Pittsburgh). Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club

Other Recent Internships (’14-’16)

  • Ainsworth
  • Allegany County Government
  • Allegany Radio Corporation
  • Allegheny College Admissions Office
  • Allegheny College Web Communications
  • Allegheny College Office of Career Education
  • Allegheny College Psychology Department
  • Andrew W. Mellon Research in the Humanities Fellowship; undergraduate research on-campus
  • Belpointe Entertainment, LLC
  • Bensur Creative Marketing
  • Berger Hirshberg Strategies
  • Big Shoulders Digital Video Productions
  • KDKA-TV
  • Auberle
  • YPWE
  • WQLN
  • Maggie Brooks for Congress
  • National MS Society
  • Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • CBS Radio
  • Markowitz Communications
  • Breakthrough
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • BRIDGES
  • Cavs Nation
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Children’s Home of Pittsburgh
  • City of Buffalo City Hall
  • Cleveland neighborhood progress
  • Crawford County Heritage Foundation
  • Davies Service Leader
  • Davies Service Leader
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Henderson Bros., Inc.
  • Jewish Family Service of Metrowest NJ
  • John Devlin-Saint Michael’s
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Marketing and PR Intern at Portland Center Stage
  • Meadville/WCC Chamber of Commerce
  • New York Islanders
  • On-campus summer research at Allegheny College
  • Pittsburgh Film Office
  • Props Intern Designer for Broadway Rose
  • ReMax Hometown Realty
  • Research Assistant for Communication Arts
  • Smolarek Dental Care
  • Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative
  • Teaching Assistant
  • The Winkleman Company, LLC
  • UPMC

Internship Details

Internships are available ordinarily for 2 or 4 credits depending upon the minimum number of hours the student works during the course of the internship.  A minimum of 100 hours of work is required for a 2 credit internship; a minimum of 200 hours of work is required for a 4 credit internship.  Internships requiring less than 100 (2 credits) of work are not available.  8 credits (400 hours) internships may be available in special circumstances.  A student may take a maximum of 8 credits of internship (including internships taken in other departments).

The following steps are necessary to register for an internship.

  1. A meeting with Professors Keeley (Communication) or Codson (Theatre) should occur by the middle of the semester immediately preceding the semester in which you wish to do your internship:
    • Spring Internships: the meeting should take place by the middle of Fall
    • Summer Internships: the meeting should take place by the middle of Spring
    • Fall Internships: the meeting should take place before the end of Spring Semester
  2. Once the placement has been approved, the student and the faculty internship advisor agree on the academic requirements for the internship. At this point the student will be allowed to register for the internship.

The following types of internships are available in Communication Arts: theatre, video production, broadcast station management/programming/promotions, broadcast and print journalism, public relations, advertising, fundraising, etc.  Internships are conducted at a wide variety of sites including theatres, broadcast stations, cable television companies, advertising agencies, public relations firms, hospitals, museums, businesses and government agencies.  Prerequisites for internships depend on the type of internship desired and the needs of the placement site.

General Resources:

  • Going Global – A research tool that provides expert advice and insider tips in finding employment opportunities at home and abroad and also includes a database of thousands of jobs.
  • LinkedIn – Search for internship and full-time opportunities and network with people around the globe in your desired field.
  • The Riley Guide – A site for resource guides, job search databases, and professional advice.
  • TalentZoo A job search engine for people interested in working in the advertising, marketing, tech, and design industries.
  • The Career Project Interactive site that allows you an uncensored look into thousands of careers through the experiences of individuals within professional fields.

If you have any questions about internships in Communication Arts, please see Professor Mike Keeley (Communication) or Professor Mark Cosdon (Theatre).