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The Communication Studies Department sponsors one-credit-hour interdisciplinary internships through the College of Arts & Science (INDS 3880 and INDS 3884).

CMST students have completed internships in a variety of areas: political campaigning, media consulting, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, radio and television programming, and film production. To receive academic credit for an internship, students are required to write a paper about their internship experience.

Please note: Professor Courtney Travers, internship coordinator for CMST, will only advise internships for students who have declared a CMST major or minor.

Those interested in completing an interdisciplinary internship should first contact Dean Yollette Jones in the Arts & Science  Dean’s Office.

Students will then need to email Professor Courtney Travers to advise the internship.

Also see:

Current Internship Opportunities
(visit the Career Center for additional opportunities)

Insight Counseling Centers, Marketing and Communication Internship

Insight Counseling Centers has an internship opportunity opening up in Spring 2018. This is particularly fitting for students interested in the marketing and public relations of non-profit services. Please see attached PDF for more information.

To apply, please contact Abbie Culbertson, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 615-383-2115 x110 or, Social Media Intern is looking for a bright young student to intern as head of Social Media. We are launching a sports social media platform in early 2018, but want to start ramping up our social media presence.

We do have funding and could potentially pay a small monthly stipend to the student selected. The student would be working on team that includes NFL and NBA athletes, so they certainly need an interest in sports. Once the platform is launched we will be looking to major VC funding and will likely end up hiring a full time social media position which would hopefully be filled by the intern

StudioNow, Spring Internship Positions

StudioNow needs new interns for the Spring. Attached are descriptions of the available internships, and feel free to contact

Internship 1 | Internship 2 | Internship 3

Internship, Nashville Public Library

Apply at

James H. Dunn Junior Fellowship Opportunity (due Jan. 15, 2018)

Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities across the nation. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program’s commencement and must demonstrate a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and community/public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year.

Fellows spend one week of August receiving an orientation to state government including tours, policy discussions, a panel of program alumni, and a brown bag lunch with senior staff, among other activities. After the orientation period, fellows return to their home office to work under the direction of their supervisor.

Dunn Fellows are paid $31,332 annually and receive full state benefits. See attached PDF for more information.

University School of Nashville

USN has the following opportunities:
Internship – Business Office Assistant
Internship – Diversity and Community Life
Middle School Apprentice Teacher (This is new and exciting, particularly for a student of color curious about education as a career path. Does not need to be an education student.)

Please see the attached flyers for more information.

Big Island Farms, Spring and Summer Internships (Hawaii)

Our team coalesces around a shared vision of sustainability, community, and the desire to understand how to live off the land through a process of discovering the deeper rooted connections that we all share within the holistic connection of organic permaculture. We are searching for like-minded individuals who we can share our knowledge with and who can also leave their mark at Big Island Farms.

Please see the website to see full program details.

The Frist Internships

Internships are designed to introduce college students to the many career pathways offered within a non-collecting nonprofit arts center. Internships are offered during the school year, coinciding with the fall and spring semesters and summer break. The internship program is ideal for students participating in independent studies or courses that require internships or practicum credits which students may arrange academic credit through their colleges and universities.

Internship projects are based on the applicant’s academic requirements, skills and interests, and the needs of the Frist Center. Students receive guidance by the Frist Center staff and educators, as well as the cooperating educator from their college or university.

The following departments/areas within the Frist Center offer internships:

  • Communications
  • Curatorial
  • Design
  • Development
  • Education

Preference given to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and international students; in exceptional cases sophomores or freshman will be considered with faculty recommendations. Majors in art history, arts management, business, communications, education, English, graphic design, marketing, museum studies, studio art, and/or related areas of study are desired.

DoreWays Job ID #57015

American Junior Golf Association Internship

PDF available here. To learn more, go to

Reporting Internship, American Association of Schools Administrators

We are seeking several undergraduates or graduate students with journalism experience to write news stories and/or create short video clips for the daily online newsletter at the national conference of the American Association of School Administrators, Feb. 15-17, 2018, at the convention center in Nashville.

Reporters will be assigned to cover speakers and panels on current topics in K-12 education. Those with experience in digital videography will be asked to create short video interviews with some of the national award winners or presenters.

Interns will receive bylines or credit lines on their work. We also will offer any student who completes at least three days with us a small honorarium ($100) following the conference.

Ideal candidates for the writing positions are student journalists with successful deadline reporting experiences and interest in the subject of public education.

Candidates interested should send a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interests (and including contact information for at least two professional references), a resume and two published writing samples (online or print) by December 4, 2017, to:

Internships, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Click on each internship for more info. They’ll also be posted on DoreWays.

  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Facilities and Operations Maintenance
  • Human Resources
  • Healthcare Administration Graduate Internship
  • Patient and Family Experience
  • Security Management
  • Housing and Patient Services

Internships, CBS News (due Oct. 31 for spring; Feb. 28 for summer)

Please see the attached flyers for more information. Go to, create a profile and upload your resume, which will be reviewed and evaluated by our talent acquisition team. If selected for an interview, you will need to provide a cover letter, application form, 2 references, a transcript, and a letter of enrollment from your university career services that supports your participation in a paid internship.

Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock Strategic Healthcare and Communications, Internships

To apply, candidates should please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to Courtney Williams,, by November 1st. Ms. Williams also would be happy to connect with any interested students who wish to learn more about JPCH and the internship program before applying. For additional information, please go to:

Internship Opportunity, Forward TN

This is a paid internship for a state-wide non-profit leading the fight to move Tennessee forward.
This is a good fit for those progressives with good communication skills and the ability to organize and lead others.

Thanks for sharing with students who may benefit! Feel free to call with any questions.

Interns, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock, AK (due Oct. 31)

There are several opportunities for journalism students to get 1A clips, the experience they need and additional training from those in the field.

The ADG treats interns as staff members from the first day they arrive. They are immediately sent into the field with an assignment. Editors are charged with helping interns produce 1A pieces on a regular basis during their term. Weekly workshops are chaired by award-winning journalists with real-world experience.

The deadline is Oct. 31 to apply for the summer internships for both the 13-week print session and the six-month online term. The deadline for the fall 2018 six-month online internship is May 31.

Internship, The Association for Women in Sports Media (due Oct. 31)

AWSM is a non-profit organization founded as a support network and advocacy group for women in sports. We work to promote and increase diversity in sports media — and one of our hallmark programs is this summer program, which has placed more than 150 women in paid internships since 1990.

This year, we have up to 10 internships (all of which are supplemented by $1,000 scholarships) available to female college students who are at least sophomores or older. There are a mixture of digital (newspapers/magazines/websites), broadcast and public relations opportunities — any women interested in those areas are encouraged to apply.

Last summer, our winners spent their summers working at places like Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the Golf Channel,, USA Today and USA Softball, among other organizations.

In addition to the paid internship and $1,000 scholarship, our recipients will receive complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual convention. In 2018 we’ll be in Phoenix.

The application is open now and runs through Oct. 31. It costs $40 for non-members to apply and it’s free for members. An annual student membership costs just $25.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Internship, Warner Music

Listed below are areas of opportunity:
• A&R
• Creative Sync Licensing
• Digital Accounts
• Digital marketing
• Fan Clubs & Communities
• Fan Engagement
• Film/TV Sync Licensing
• Finance
• International Marketing
• Label Operations
• Licensing
• Licensing Admin
• Marketing
• Mechanical Licensing
• Promotions
• Publicity
• Sales and Commercial Revenue
• Studio Services

Students can learn more on DoreWays. Job ID #56471

Students are welcome to attend Drop-in Hours and the Info-session. More information is attached in PDFs.

Podcast Host, UNMUTE

We’re looking for engaging and compelling hosts for the following channels:

Fashion / Travel Bloggers
a TMZ/Pop Culture type channel Talk Show
Health & Fitness
Sex Talk (i.e. Dr. Drew)
Connoisseur Talk (Food, Desert, Wine)
The Commuter (Rush Hour) Talk show


This is an UNPAID position but an AWESOME opportunity to get your voice out there.

Please see the attached PDF or email for more information.

Writers Needed, The Sports Quotient:

See attached PDF.

Burson-Marsteller Strategic Communications and Public Relations, Summer Internship (due Feb. 2, 2018)

Visit to check out full program details and application procedures. Apply online by submitting one application that contains all of the following items: resume, cover letter, college transcript, press release, essay submission; letter of recommendation from educators, internship employers, or others.

See PDF of announcement Summer Internship 2018 (due Nov. 25, 2017)

Please see the attached PDF for more information.

Applicants should submit a resume, 5 to 10 published articles, a list of 3 or 4 references and a 750-word essay on why you should be selected. Your clips ideally will show a variety of work with a special emphasis on game coverage. Previous experience covering a beat is preferred.

Associates are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation.

Please mail all internship applications to:

Bill Hill
Assistant Managing Editor/
1201 E. Louis Way
Tempe, AZ 85284

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Hill at and put the words “Internship Info” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Student Media at Vanderbilt (application due Sept. 12)
Contact: Paige Clancy, Adviser, Student Media at Vanderbilt

Online Application:

Apply to be one of a small group of Vanderbilt students selected to visit Washington, D.C., for two days during fall break to meet with alumni of Student Media at Vanderbilt currently working in prominent positions at CNN, CBS, The Washington Post, and NPR. The distinguished alumni we’ll meet also will provide tours of their media organizations. The trip is sponsored by Student Media at Vanderbilt and the Career Center.

Participating students will join the Vanderbilt group in D.C. at the Hilton Garden Inn (1225 First St., NE) by 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, and participate in media tours and related activities until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.

The cost for students’ hotel rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn is covered by trip sponsors for up to three nights, check-in on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and check-out on Saturday, Oct. 14. This benefit is contingent on students’ successful participation in all media tours and related activities Oct. 12-13.

Travel arrangements
Staff members from Student Media at Vanderbilt will accompany student travelers on the media tours. Students will arrange and pay for their own travel to D.C., giving them the flexibility to extend their time there or travel on to another fall break destination if they wish. Students are responsible for their own ground transportation and meals. This trip is similar to previous trips hosted by Student Media and the Career Center. We’re thrilled to offer this trip to provide students an opportunity to explore the media industry in our nation’s capital.

Project CURE Internship (Nashville, TN)

Project C.U.R.E. is a humanitarian relief organization that collects, sorts, and distributes donated medical supplies and equipment to developing nations. For more information on internships, please see: or contact Danielle Walters at

Internships, Office of Governor Bill Haslam, Spring 2018
Application Information updated in early September 2017:

Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellows

The Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship is awarded to exceptional applicants who wish to serve and learn with the state of Tennessee’s top executive leaders. The nonpartisan program offers a competitive salary and is open to recent college graduates demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, a genuine passion for serving their community, remarkable character, and leadership abilities.

These talented and highly-motivated individuals are awarded the unique opportunity to spend two years working full-time for senior and top-ranking government officials.

Fellows will be oriented in state government by spending the first six months of the fellowship working with the office of Customer Focused Government. The enterprise-wide initiatives that fellows will support are focused exclusively on identifying and producing measurable improvements in the state’s operations. Please see the attached PDF for more information.

Mother Caroline Academy (Boston, MA)

Mother Caroline Academy is looking for upcoming/recent graduates to apply to their Teaching Fellow/Mentoring Program either as the Mentoring Program Coordinator or Program Associates.

Please send a resume, cover letter addressing relevant job related history, and three references to Jessaca Michaelsen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction:

For additional information, please see the attached PDFs: General Info | Job Description

Brand Ambassador Internship, Honey Farms Construction

Please see PDF for specific information. To apply, please submit your resume to Brian at along with a response to the following questions:

  1. What interests you about new home construction?
  2. What would make you stand out as a brand ambassador for a new home community?
  3. What about this position interests you and why would you be the right candidate?