Where do Kent State Students Intern? | Featured Internships in Journalism and Mass Communication
People magazine, New York City
Journalism major Benjamin VanHoose, ’17, describes his internship at People magazine as, “more than a dream come true.”
“The most fun … is had covering red carpet events. I have to set aside my nerves every time I stand at the designated People position along the red carpet and think of a unique, interesting question to ask the A-listers in a limited amount of time. These events are a rush and I always get to see some cool people.”
Benjamin has interviewed Michael Strahan, Alyssa Milano and Naomi Watts, and said he’s felt prepared to take on any task, thanks to his JMC courses and student media experience. His internship is through the American Society of Magazine Editors. Benjamin will serve as editor of The Burr Magazine this fall.
True Digital Communications, Cleveland, Ohio
Public relations major Latisha Ellison, '18, spent summer 2017 as an intern with True Digital Communications. She contributed to the agency by writing content for various platforms: blog posts, social media, website copy and ad copy. She writes:
“Because it's a small agency, I understand how our PR and digital marketing is really affecting our clients' business goals, which is cool to see. From day one, JMC has taught me the importance of being a good writer, and I use those skills every day at True.”
USA Baseball, Durham, North Carolina
Digital media production major Sam Coombs, ’18, has been interning with USA Baseball during summer 2017, assisting with production of social media content, media advisories, press releases and team feature stories.
Coombs got his start in sports media right here on campus, working for Tele-Productions. That experience led him to work at Fox Sports Ohio, where he worked during the 2016 Cleveland Indians’ playoff run, including the World Series. Now, working for USA Baseball is “an honor,” he says, “and one I couldn’t have accomplished without Kent State University.”
“It is great being around and interacting with the nation’s best baseball players while helping promote a global baseball organization and working in the sport I love. I have had the opportunity to interview USA national team coaches, help with green-screen interviews for the upcoming MLB draft as well as (assist with) the overall functionality of media operations for USA Baseball sponsored identification tournaments.”
Thread Marketing, Toledo, Ohio
Advertising major Courtney Bandeen, '18, is a PR/marketing intern at Thread Marketing Group, where she assists the vice president of client development and the public relations team. She is getting a wide range of experience by participating in brainstorming sessions, attending client feedback meetings and working off-site interviews and video shoots. She says:
“My JMC courses have prepared me to be successful in a career in the advertising/ marketing field. I always find myself referring back to information I learned in classes like Advertising Strategy and Research and Measurement in Ad and PR. I am also grateful for the professors in the JMC program that have crafted projects and assignments that challenge me to solve problems similar to the ones I may face in my future career.”
ideastream, Cleveland, Ohio
Jacob Kopanski, ’18, interned at Cleveland’s ideastream during the summer. He writes:
“I am accompanying reporters out to events, writing stories, conducting interviews and even working with photo and video. More than anything, the ability to spend time in a real-world news room has been incredible. I would not want to be completing my internship anywhere else!”
He credits his student media experience at The Kent Stater and Black Squirrel Radio for preparing him well for the internship.
FedEx Custom Critical, Uniontown, Ohio
Public relations major Nicole Zahn, '18, spent the summer interning at FedEx Custom Critical, putting public relations skills she’s learned at Kent State to work every day. She writes:
“My very first day, I entered an environment dedicated to help me learn and immediately felt a part of the team. I can truly say I am utilizing the lessons and skills I’ve learned throughout my time at Kent State. ... I have been attending meetings and important events, and designing spreadsheets and graphics, which I would not know how to do without the Public Relations Publications course. There are no coffee runs with this internship!”
Smart+Strong publications, New York City
Journalism major Jillian Holness, ’18, writes that she has had an “amazing experience” as an intern with Smart+Strong publishing in New York City. She says:
“My JMC writing classes have highly useful to my internship. Every day, I write at least two articles for the web. My experience writing for student media has made me confident when pitching stories to my editors.”
Jillian’s internship is part of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship program. She is paired with a mentor who is a fashion editor for Glamour magazine and contributes to Smart+Strong’s three magazines: POZ, HEP and Real Health.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Niles, Ohio
Advertising major Mallorie Molek, ’18, is interning with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. She works with sponsors and season-ticket sales and facilitates in-game promotions and the fan assistance center. She says the experience has opened her eyes to a career path she never imagined herself in, but she has been well prepared, thanks to her experience in JMC.
“JMC has really taught me everything I needed to know before I stepped out into this internship. I wouldn’t have the communication skills needed for this internship if it wasn’t for JMC. Using my teamwork and problem solving skills I have been taught have gotten me where I am today. I love seeing happy, excited faces every game day and knowing I am part of the reason why.”
Goodyear Americas, Akron, Ohio
Public relations major Ashleigh Metzinger, ’18, is a communications intern for Goodyear’s Americas region. She writes creative and accurate business content for Goodyear’s multi-media platforms, including websites, digital media and print materials. Ashleigh has also assisted in event and special project coordination and has interviewed associates form both North America and Latin America for news content on the Goodyear intranet.
KXAN-TV, Austin, Texas
Ben Orner, ’18, is interning with the nationally recognized investigative news team at KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas. He’s been spending the summer researching stories, following up on tips, requesting public records and doing data analyses. He writes that he has been putting skills learned in student media to work, in a city that is at the center of many national issues:
“Because of (my student media) experience, I am comfortable in a newsroom, I can keep up with the pressures of the industry, and I am able to do journalism on par with professionals. … (Austin) has a lot to offer with its cultural diversity, live music, and nearby outdoor destinations. The city is at the center of national issues like immigration, housing, and climate change.”