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ECU School of Communication

Internship Program

Tomorrow starts here.

ECU School of Communication Internship Guide

The School of Communication blends scholarship with real-world experience in order to prepare our students for the challenges they face as they enter today’s competitive job market. We facilitate internships for students in order to introduce them to the professional world they are preparing to enter as journalists, filmmakers, public relation professionals, and all of the many professional fields our students enter upon graduation. We have placed students in internships in such varied settings as the following media:

Local Internships:

American Red Cross Center For Family Violence and Prevention ECU Alumni Association ECU Athletics – Media Relations ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness Evolve Marketing Pitt County Arts Council Pitt Memorial Hospital Pitt County Boys and Girls ClubReal Crisis Center United Way Pitt County Uptown Greenville WITN WNCT WCTI WWAY Wilmington

National Internships: CBS – LA & NY HBO Johns Hopkins Health Mercedes Benz MTV National Republican Congressional Committee NBA NBC UniversalSirius/XM Radio Sony BMG Music Sundance Channel/Film Festival Universal Records Wake Med

FAQ’s Q: What is an internship? A: Internships are short term learning experiences in a work environment. Interns do entry-level work with a business or organization. Some students earn credit. Other’s don’t. Students may complete internships during college. A few do them after graduation. These FAQs pertain to internships-for-credit in the School of COMM. Q: Why are there deadlines for the application for an internship-for-credit? A: Each application must be reviewed and approved by the Internship Coordinator. Once approved, each intern must be registered, files must be established, and information must be added to a database. This takes time, but must be done before the intern can participate in the online course and the work experience. Q: Can you do the internship work one semester and get credit another semester? A: No. We treat the internship-for-credit course like any other class. You register first, complete online coursework and other requirements, then get credit. Q: Can I do more than one internship for credit? A: Yes. There are two course numbers, COMM 4091 and 4092. You can do a second internship and earn a second 3 credits. Each internship requires a separate application and review process. Q: How is the internship-for-credit course run? A: Once registered, interns complete responsibilities listed

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Intership Success Stories Sarah Lloyd continued and offered the position. She is currently working as a special events and promotional assistant for Tiffany and Co. Hannon proved that completing an internship can be in one’s favor when searching for a job after college and offered up some advice for upcoming graduates about to enter the real world. “Just have confidence, by being a communication major we have to be personable. Apply to many places when looking for a job and always remember that the interview process is priceless.”

Photos: Courtsey of ECU School of Communication

Student does internship with MTV in bustling New York City

East Carolina Student’s Internship with Sirius XM Radio Goes Swimmingly

By Cathrine Ibanez

Courtsey ECU School of Communication

Take Google’s advice. Begin from U.S. Highway 13 north from Fifth Street, Green- ville, N.C. Drive 477 miles to 1515 Broadway. You are now 19 minutes away from the Statue of Liberty and five minutes from the Em- pire State building, destination MTV Studios. If you are Melissa Plun- kett, 21, you are a full work- day from home. Born in West Nyack, N.Y., Plunkett has always had a desire to return to New York City. After 17 years in High Point, N.C., she is back. “I wanted to host NBC’s The ‘Today Show.’ While other kids my age are dreaming of being doctors or lawyers, I wanted to be the next Katie Couric,” she says. Every day Plunkett steps off the subway at 42nd and Times Square and pours herself into a pool of 8.5 million New Yorkers. Plunkett, a communication major at ECU, will graduate May 2011. For now, she is taking advantage of the benefits of being an intern. Last summer, Plunkett interned with WITN-7 news station in Greenville, N.C. In October, she applied for an internship online with MTV Studios. “I get such an adrenaline rush from working in busy atmospheres,” she says. For her last semester at ECU Plunkett will mingle with celebri- ties like members from the cast of “Jersey Shore,” and reality stars Kourtney and Kim Kardashian. “Your hard work pays off,” says Plunkett. “You learn even small tasks and projects are important.”

By Kirstie Russell

As a junior at East Carolina University, Kelsey Brosi was on the Woman’s Swim team while studying Broadcast Journalism. “I finally decided I wanted to be a broadcast journalist and looked into ECU’s School of Communication. I looked at their program and immediately fell in love,” said Brosi. “All of the classes were something I was extremely interested in and would love to do.” A concern on every student’s mind is whether the classes they’re taking are really going to help them in the future. The School of Communication makes an effort to prepare its students for their careers after college. The lessons and assignments taught within the School helped prepare Brosi for her summer internship with Sirius XM Radio. In turn, the internship taught Brosi how to write and record show promos, create show pitches to be used on air, and edit audio.

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The opportunity with Sirius XM radio was “unbelievable” and the hands on work helped to further her knowledge and experience in the field. With the help of instructors and communication classes, Brosi was more than prepared to handle the fast paced internship. Brosi also attributes a lot of her success as an undergrad to the sport of swimming. As many student-athletes will tell you, without hard work, dedication and large amounts of caffeine, being successful is not an option. Not only was she able to maintain a GPA of 3.6, and hold a varsity record as one of East Carolina’s fastest swimmers in school history, she also went on to do another internship with E! Entertainment Television in California.

SAMPLE RESUME Krystyna Bowling

Address: 3281 E 10 Street, Greenville, NC 27858 Phone: (336) 202-7051 th

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE May 2008-August 2008 Kirschner Advertising Agency (Greensboro, NC) May 2010-August 2010

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Quixote Group Marketing and Public Relations Firm (Greensboro, NC)

August 2011-December 2012 FOX Eastern Carolina News (New Bern, NC) August 2012-December 2012 ECU Marketing and Publications (Greenville, NC) SPECIAL SKILLS Technological Skills ConstantContact Motion Photoshop

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Public Relations and Marketing

EDUCATION 2009-2013 East Carolina University Bachelor of Science in Communicaion


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REFERENCES Professional References · Todd Fraley o East Carolina University School of Communications o Phone: 252-328-2859 o Email: · Bryan Edge o Videographer at East Carolina University marketing and promotions o Email:

Fill out all the sign up information and once that is completed, log into your Voxini account

Click “get started,” then on the left of the page choose any of the social networking sites you wish to have connected to your QR code. Place the url’s of those sites into the bar shown and click “send” Then upload a photo of yourself, choose a background and header color, then click “to the next step”

Then add any personal information about yourself that you wish for others to see when they scan your QR code then click “the end” and your QR code is made! Just copy and paste it onto your resume!

Interpersonal/Organizational Communication


In our interpersonal and organizational communication concentration, you will study persuasion, small groups, conflict, gender, culture, public speaking, media, and family relations. This concentration prepares those students seeking real world applications of theory as well as those who intend to pursue graduate education.

Concentrations in Communication



Students entering the journalism concentration take on a program of study that includes a gamut of professional skills needed to compete for today’s news media jobs. There are many of these jobs, from print and broadcast news reporting, Web design, copy editing and page design, video production and feature writing, to investigative, business, sports, and computer-assisted reporting.

Media Studies

A concentration in media studies provides you the skills critical to communicating effectively in our media-saturated world. By gaining knowledge about the incredible power of the media to inform, persuade, and entertain, you empower yourself. You will learn to think critically about a variety of forms of popular culture—radio, television, newspapers, magazines, popular music, film, and the Internet. You will learn how to interact with a variety of media, not only as a consumer, but also as a critical participant.

Public Relations

The public relations concentration’s program of study is designed for students interested in developing strategic messages, managing communication campaigns and practicing communication involving complex social organizations.

School of Communication East Carolina University 102 Joyner E., Greenville, N.C. 27858

Student Pirate Internships

East Carolina University has a proud heritage. From early days as a school for training teachers to a national doctoral research university, we have continually served our region with quality and commitment since 1907. Our commitment is an expression of our motto, Servire, or To Serve. We believe that no university has done a better job of public service than East Carolina University, and we will continue to be a national model for how to use university resources for the greater public good.

ECU is committed to the three traditional missions of the public university: service, teaching, and research. We take great pride in the record of achievement and success that has been established by our many alumni. We remember the many hard-fought victories that make up the storied tradition of Pirate athletics. We are proud of our national and international leadership in medicine, health sciences, and teacher preparation. We are proud of our award-winning excellence in the visual and performing arts. Above all, we are proud of the vital contributions our people and programs have made for the betterment of North Carolina. Communication has been an active force on campus and significant contributor to East Carolina University since 1989 when ECU began offering a BA in Communication in a Department of Communication. We have come a long way since 1989. Today we are the School of Communication, housed in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. We offer a BS in communication with four different undergraduate concentrations—i nterpersonal and organizational communication, media studies, journalism and public relations. In fall 2006 we began offering our MA in communication with an emphasis in health communication. Our interpersonal/organizational concentration is also offered completely online for distance education students. In total, the School of Communication now has more than 1,000 students and more than 30 faculty members and staff. _____ copies of this public document were printed at a cost of ____________. Cost, according to G.S. 143-170.1, includes printing costs (labor and materials) and other identifiable costs, such as design, typesetting, and binding. Document was printed on recycled paper.

Krystyna Bowling and Andreia Wehrle Final Project  
Krystyna Bowling and Andreia Wehrle Final Project  

This is Krystyna Bowling and Andreia Wehrle's final project for Desktop Publishing with Bullington.