The Department of Communication’s internship program allows students to take what they have learned from courses and apply it into the work field. Internships are a great way for students to gain experience for their future careers. No matter which communication specialty students chose to follow, internships help them further their education from professionals that are succeeding in their professions. While working with their faculty advisor and internship advisor, the student will set goals and expectations to work on for the duration of the position. When the position comes to a close, the student will review what they learned from the internship and if it is something they want to pursue. This also gives students the ability to earn class credit for their work.

Being in close proximity to downtown Chicago, there are so many unique and diverse internships for students to choose from. If you do not see something on this list that fits what you are looking for, do not worry, the Communication Department is always willing to help you find what suits you best. With over 120 internships in the department’s database, and even more options to be found, there are plenty of opportunities that will push students to grow and become better professionals.

If you have any questions or need advice on internships, feel free to stop by the Department of Communication and talk to any of the professors or staff or give us a call at 708-488-4328

Featured Internships

Online Marketing and Promotions Internship- Shedd Aquarium

Intern will gain a solid grounding in his/her marketing skills needed to understand and navigate website management, promotional copy creation and data analysis for a non-profit organization.  The intern will be involved in promoting Shedd’s programs, events and education opportunities online. There will also be exposure to additional areas of Marketing including editorial, online communications and social media.

Social Media/ Employment Brand Intern- Art Institute of Chicago

Under direct supervision of the Talent Acquisition team, the intern will be responsible for assisting in creating  content to promote our career opportunities and employment brand through:  company pages ( Linkedin, Glassdoor and Indeed),  recruitment events, photography and video,  diversity initiatives, eblasts, and print marketing (brochures, flyers).

Communications Intern- Radio Flyer

Conduct benchmarking on communication initiatives (social media, digital, and more). Assist with social media content ideation, video production shoots, and projects. Support marketing team in all functions related to social media, public relations and other projects.

Special Events Intern - Chicago Children's Theater

Intern will assist with sponsor solicitation and follow up, create and coordinate the drafting/distribution of promotional materials, act as a liaison between the organization and vendors including negotiating pricing and pre-selecting options to present to the organization while maintaining budget for the event, and assist with the creation and implementation of a plan for securing silent auction and raffle items.

Visual Communications Design Intern- Radio Flyer

The Visual Communications Design intern position will play an important role in marketing. Working with the Marketing Team, your specific responsibilities include:

  • Design packaging artwork for Radio Flyer products.
  • Design visuals for digital, on-line promotion of the Radio Flyer brand.
  • Assist at photo and video shoots.
  • Manage digital assets.
  • Design material for internal customers, including sales presentations and company events

Strategic Resources Intern- State Farm

The Competitive Intelligence team of Strategic Resources at State Farm is seeking a Competitive Intelligence Intern.  This role will focus on supporting research needs related to the P&C, Life, Banking and Financial Services industries, but may also involve research into other industries.  Candidates may also be responsible for researching and analyzing how the current and future State Farm customer experience compares to competitors.

Multicultural Internship- Illinois Broadcast Association

Students selected for IBA internships are the cream of the crop. They are chosen by their schools as applicants in a highly competitive process that ultimately whittles down a pool of quality candidates to just a half-dozen or so finalists for paid summer internships.  Candidates come from state universities and colleges with membership on IBA’s Academics Committee.

Communication Intern- CTA

We're proud to offer paid internships to high-performing undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds. CTA internships allow students to gain hands-on, real-world experience at the nation's second largest public transportation system. Interns will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to excel in today’s demanding workplace.

Communications Intern- Make a Wish Foundation

This internship provides real world experience creating content for various communications channels directly contributing to the magic of Make-A-Wish. The Communications Intern assists the Marketing Services team with many writing projects including writing biographical sketches of wish children, newsletter stories, web content and news releases. The position also involves interviewing wish families, contacting media, monitoring coverage and occasional social media projects.

Internship- NPR

Interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. Find out how you can contribute your diverse talents to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a thriving multimedia organization. Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering. Interns are also offered training opportunities.

Internship- Chicago Sports Commission

The Chicago Sports Commission Internship Program provides students (collegiate or graduate) or recent graduates with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the sports tourism industry. Interns have the opportunity to work in multiple facets of the sports, tourism and event industries, including, but not limited to event management, marketing, sales and communications.

Development Intern- Joffery Ballet

This internship focuses on compiling, analyzing, and organizing information related to the Development department. Duties include but aren’t limited to; conducting research on potential donors, strategic partners, markets, and industries, maintaining and updating donor files and other Development materials, assisting with planning and executing donor and Women’s Board events and other activities by preparing and printing packets, badges, etc. Assist with miscellaneous projects as needed.

Network News Internship- NBC Chicago

Responsibilities: Learn how to report a story for shows like the Today Show and Nightly News, from pitching, to shooting, to writing, to editing for air. Assist assignment editors, producers and correspondents in gathering elements and editorial information for news stories. Responsibilities will also include doing research, making phone calls, logging tape and live events, and field producing.

Media Internship- Chicago Public Media

This internship offers the opportunity to learn more and work for a radio talk show. Students will attend press conferences, talk to local politicians and cover breaking news for their newscasts. They will also learn about various aspects of talk show producing and gain hand on experience in a major market media institution.

Events Internship- Total Events Resources

This position offers students to provide administrative support to the event production teams. Students with communicate with clients, co-workers, consultants, vendors and other business transactions.

Program Assistant- Total Events Resources

To provide administrative, office, and clerical support to Account Executives, Program Manager, and the TER staff. Communicate, collaborate and cooperate with clients, co-workers, consultants, vendors and in all other business interactions.

 Internship- Kathy Schaeffer and Associates

This internship gives students the opportunity to help produce materials for clients by making media alerts, news releases, newsletter material, media lists, conduct media outreach, and more. This is a full-time, paid position.

Media and Analytics Intern- IES Abroad

Get ready to dig into the data and learn about the marketing industry. You will be the right hand man or woman to the head of our Media & Analytics Department. Your primary focus will be research and campaign monitoring/reporting for Google AdWords, Facebook and Instagram.

Corporate Communications Internship- TransUnion  

The ideal candidate will be Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Pursuing a degree in Marketing, English (Creative Writing), Communications, Journalism, or Public Relations, Ability to manage multiple projects at one time, with competing priorities and be able to work as part of a team, but also complete individual work.

Digital Marketing Internship- TransUnion 

  • Candidate will analyze and execute digital programs for advertisers leveraging TransUnion data assets and addressable media networks
  • Work with TU’s analytics team to develop audience strategy
  • Partner with program manager to understand customer goals/objectives and provide strategic guidance on our platform

Videography Intern- Megan K.- Harrison Consulting

The successful candidate will display a strong background in video storytelling and the desire to learn how video integrates with and supports content across various communications channels (social media, web, print). The chosen candidate will work directly with the owner of the company and her internal projects

Production Intern- Banner Collective

This is a unique chance to build a career with a rapidly ascending creative media organization, and work with well-known clients on a wide variety of engaging projects. Reporting to our Director of Sports Production, the individual we select will have the opportunity to be a vital part of a rapidly growing video production business.  Intern will support staff in the conceptualization and production of video content as well as shoot and edit video features for digital and broadcast.

Editorial Intern- Edelman

Seeking a flexible, adaptable, high-energy intern who can serve as an editor, copy editor, proofreader and writer in the Chicago office of Edelman, the world’s most dynamic public relations and communications marketing firm.

Radio Production Internship: The Morning Shift- Chicago Public Media (Jan-June 2019)

Interns gain hands-on experience with the production of a live daily talk show in a major market.  Interns will learn a variety of production skills including screening phone calls for call in segments, studio prep, and audio production. They will also pitch ideas for program segments, gather man on the street audio, schedule guests for live on-air appearances, and help gather prep the host. Interns will also prepare content for digital and social media.

Video and Photography Intern- Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Intern will shoot video and photo- adult rec soccer, youth soccer, bar/ restaurant, gym, Fire home games, and more. Intern will edit manage Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (CFRS) video feeds - Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.