Your Simmons internships prepare you extremely well for today's job market. You can expect to develop skills in goal setting, communications, time management, critical thinking, and teamwork. Depending on the type of internship you do, could be responsible for writing and editing web content, developing and producing videos, creating designs and infographics, developing PR pitches, helping with events, measuring program impact and generating content for social media platforms. You'll increase your skills and create work that improves your portfolio and gives you an advantage over the competition when you look for a job.
Before the Semester Begins
Students get plenty of help in finding an internship.
First, the Communications Department has long-term relationships with several organizations, which means we can give you some terrific internship leads.
You'll also meet one-on-one with the internship director to discuss your goals, interests and available opportunities before you begin your internship search. This meeting helps us define your interests and match you with the right internship. You'll work with our internship contacts and do your own research to reach out to potential internship sponsors, go on interviews and land that internship. All along the way, the internship director is available to help at any time.
When you land your internship, you'll also enroll in Comm 370, an accompanying class that helps you better prepare for the job hunt. You'll work on a personal marketing plan, including a personal brand, elevator pitch, cover letter, resume, success stories and portfolios. You'll also hear from communications graduates and professionals who offer tips on everything from interviewing to negotiating pay. The classroom experience, combined with your internship field work, is an unbeatable combination.
The specifics: To earn four credits, you'll need to do 8-10 hours at the internship site and take Comm 370. To earn eight credits, you'll need to do 16-20 hours at the internship site and take Comm 370. We also work with sponsors to get their feedback on how well you are doing.
Is there any cost to me as a student applying for an internship?
Yes, you do pay for the credits accrued, like any other class at Simmons.
When should I start looking for an internship?
For the fall semester, you should start in the April of the prior spring. For spring, you should start by October. For the summer, you should start by February of that year.
Where can I get leads on internships?
The internship program director has a comprehensive database of possible sites. The Career Education Center also lists internships. Sites like indeed.com, internships.com and internhub.com are also great resources for openings.
How many places should I apply to?
You should apply to at least six sites, possibly as many as 10, to ensure that you are called in for an appropriate number of interviews.
What should I wear to an interview?
Dress professionally in business attire.
What happens if I go to an interview and I don't hear anything?
When you leave an interview for an internship, ask the person when you will be contacted about the position. If you do not hear from the interviewer, it is appropriate for you to call that person back to inquire about the status of the internship after a week.
How long does it take to get an internship placement?
This depends entirely on the organization, your availability and the availability of current openings.
Will I get paid for the internship?
Some internships are paid positions.
What will my schedule be like day to day?
You should establish a set schedule with your internship sponsor. It will depend on how many credits you are trying to earn.
Can I expect a job offer from my internship?
There is no guarantee of a permanent position at your site, however employers like hiring interns because they are already familiar with their work style and ethic.
The sponsoring organization makes a commitment to the student and the program to provide a supportive and stimulating environment. The organization benefits from the perspective, expertise and enthusiasm of highly motivated, well educated communicators.
If you are interested in becoming a Simmons Communications internship sponsor, email:
What are the benefits of work-based learning?
In return for knowledge and the opportunity to use it, interns are able to provide their employers with skilled work and a passion to learn. Employers can also enjoy a more positive public image by clearly investing in education and meet civic responsibilities by playing a visible role in partnering with schools and students
How long does an internship last?
The internship usually lasts a full semester (14-15 wks), but may continue for a longer period of time if it benefits both the intern and the employer.
Will the intern get paid for the internship?
Many internships are paid positions, but they do not have to be. All our communications internships are for college credits.
How is the intern evaluated?
Where appropriate, the internship director will conduct a site visit or call the internship sponsor.