The Internship Program

student and teacher working on computerMajors in Communication are required to take three credits of field study, also known as an internship. For this non-paid internship experience, students work in an organization similar to one they would like to work in when they graduate. For 10 hours a week, students get to see what it is like to work at a job in a particular occupation. They get to see the stresses, the work conditions, the opportunities, and the rewards of working in that profession.

The Department believes that an internship is a valuable experience for a number of reasons. First, internships were designed to respond to that age-old conundrum: In order to get a job in a field, you must have experience, but how can you get experience if you do not have the job? In an internship, students can gain valuable work experience, and they can list this experience on their resumes. Second, the internship experience allows students to determine whether the demands of a particular career are something that they are willing to accept. If a particular career is not suitable for you, it is better to find that out before you graduate so that you can change career plans and prepare for a different occupation. Third, the internship experience allows students to gain knowledge about the skills, policies, and practices of a career path beyond what they might learn in the classroom. Fourth, internships allow students to begin networking with people in the field so that they will have a head start on job hunting after graduation.

The Department feels that the internship experience is so valuable that it encourages students to take more than one during their time at Southern. A student can take up to 12 credits of internship.

The following list gives you an idea of the kinds of organizations where our students have done their internships:

Advertising & Promotions

  • Red Poppy Marketing   Stratford, CT
  • Skillet Design and Marketing
  • O’Donnell Company, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Madison Square Garden NY
  • Vera Wang NY
  • The Space LLC Hamden, CT
  • Northeast Utilities
  • Taunton Press  Newtown, CT
  • RJ Julia Independent Booksellers, Intern Madison, CT
  • SALE.com  OldSaybrook, CT
  • CFC Azul Semi Professional Soccer Team   Hamden, CT
  • Square Deal Coupons Plainview                                  
  • Lupus Foundation of America Farmington              
  • Mascola Group New Haven
  • Cancer Support Community Branford
  • Cricket Hosiery Bridgeport
  • Pinpoint Promotions & Printing Milford               
  • Seventeen Magazine New York
  • Clear Channel/KC 101 Hartford                                   
  • Innovative Fitness & Wellness Middletown
  • Hope Water Foundation Madison
  • Career Services SCSU
  • Hair's Kay Beauty Salon New Haven
  • Girlie Action New York
  • Headrush Creative Norwalk
  • Green Kid Crafts Guilford
  • DNZ Productions Hartford
  • Westport River Gallery Westport
  • Bonnie Marcus Collection Westport
  • Lupus Foundation of America Farmington
  • Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA) New Haven
  • International Festival of Arts & Ideas New Haven
  • Columbus House New Haven
  • WWE
  • Mohegan Sun Uncasville
  • Academy Printwear Hamden
  • EMagazine Norwalk
  • Glamour Magazine New York
  • McLoughlinDelvecchio & Casey Inc. New Haven

Interpersonal/Relational/Organizational

  • Live Nation
  • Powerstation Events
  • Gathering of the Vibes  Bridgeport, CT
  • Community Mediation, Inc. Hamden, Connecticut
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Bond Street Group NY (Org)
  • The Voice
  • Cox Media Group Connecticut WPLR/WYBC/WEZN/WFOX
  • WTNH/WCTX New Haven
  • Alumni Relations Office                  SCSU
  • Logic Source, Inc. Norwalk
  • Studio One Dance Center Branford
  • Alumni Relations Office                  SCSU
  • City Seed New Haven
  • Bloomfield Social & Youth Services
  • LEAP- AmeriCorps New Haven
  • Redbook Magazine New York
  • Jubilee Events Cheshire
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Middletown
  • Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern CT
  • American Lung Association of Connecticut
  • Make a Wish foundation
  • Save the Children  Westport
  • Bridgeport Hospital
  • The American Red Cross Farmington

Video Production

  • Greentown Pictures LLC Greenwich CT
  • Shore Publishing Madison, CT
  • RE-MI-FA, NY
  • Captured Time Productions Litchfield                    
  • Miceli Productions LLC Southington
  • NBC Universal - The Maury Show Stamford
  • American View Productions       Bridgeport         
  • Jaki's Buzz East Haven
  • IFC Entertainment New York
  • Cox Communications Enfield                                         
  • Design Digital LLp Glastonbury
  • News Channel 8
  • Entrepreneurs That Soar New Haven
  • Bushnell Center for Performing Arts Hartford
  • Spike TV/ MTV Networks New York
  • Marlin Entertainment Westport
  • Nickelodeon New York
  • Synthetic Cinema International Rocky Hill