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.
- Information on Interdisciplinary Internships from the Undergraduate Catalog
- Information on Summer Internship Subsidies from the Career Center
Current Internship Opportunities
(visit the Career Center for additional opportunities)
Swade Music Publishing
Swade Music Publishing is seeking a young motivated intern. To qualify, you must be outgoing, and have an interest in pop music. Job will consist of attending events to discover new talent, and building relationships with music industry personnel. Pay will include Money for events, and commission for certain connections made. Also opportunities to meet industry personnel. If interested please reply by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and contact info.
Intern, Creative Media, Vanderbilt Athletics; Contact: Carl Danoff
Vanderbilt Athletics is looking for students who have a passion in sports, photography, videography, graphic design and animation that want to build their portfolio. Please email email@example.com for more information or see the attached flyer.
Intern, Tennessee Democratic Coordinated Campaign
The Tennessee Democratic Coordinated Campaign, in support of Phil Bredesen for Senate, Karl Dean for Governor, and many other fantastic candidates, is currently looking for interns and fellows to join our team. This will be a great opportunity for you to become civically engaged, learn how a campaign works and master cutting-edge targeting and political data techniques as a part of one the most exciting campaigns of 2018.
The Campaign is looking for enthusiastic, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of a top-tier political campaign and the planning and execution of a successful grassroots organizing program. Hours are flexible with a small requirement, and the campaign team is a lot of fun. No previous campaign experience necessary. When you walk out the door at the end of your internship you will know how to run a small-scale political campaign, make political connections, and have met a lot of new friends.
To apply for an internship or fellowship with the Tennessee Coordinated Campaign, or to learn about more opportunities, please fill out this formhttps://tinyurl.com/TNDCCstudentprograms or email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tennessee Democratic Coordinated Campaign is an equal opportunity employer.
We will be funding a role at Book’em to help assist with the Jump In! Nashville citywide literacy campaign.
Book’em is the distributor of our Little Libraries that are popping up around town. We’ve partnered with businesses and churches across the city to make sure kids can get their hands on books nearly anywhere they go. I’ve attached the PDF of where the Little Libraries are currently available.
This person’s role would be to help coordinate the Little Libraries and deliver them to new partners. The pay is $12.50 an hour. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Internship/Scholarship, Association for Women in Sports Media (Contact: Katie McInerney; firstname.lastname@example.org)
AWSM is accepting applications for our 2019 summer internship/scholarship program. 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. One of our hallmark programs is AWSM Scholars, which has placed nearly 200 young women in paid internships since 1990.
This year, we have up to nine internships — all of which are supplemented by $1,000 scholarships — available for female college students who have completed at least one year of school. The paid internships are in four areas: sportswriting, broadcast production, media relations and social media.
Last summer our winners worked at ESPN, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, MLB.com and USA Softball, among other organizations. We’re putting together similarly stellar lineup for 2019.
In addition, winners receive complimentary registration and lodging at our summer convention in Tampa.
The application deadline is Oct. 15. It costs $40 for non-members and it’s free for members. An annual membership is just $25 for students. Attached is an informational flyer.
Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 pm central to discuss careers in community organizing with Vanderbilt students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.
RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/Vanderbilt
DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:
- Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
- Reining in predatory lending practices
- Expanding access to primary health and dental care
- Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
- Fighting for immigrants’ rights
- Police accountability
Positions start January 14, 2019 in Columbus, OH, Charlottesville, VA, St. Petersburg and Jacksonville, FL.
Positions start August 12, 2019 in Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Columbia, SC, St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Sarasota and Fort Myers, FL.
Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits.
Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.
K. Nichols Studio Internship (applications accepted year-round; internship in New York)
Every fall and spring, K. Nichols Studio offers a number of internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students interested in entrepreneurship, communication/ PR, graphic design, and marketing experience in both education and the entertainment industry.
Intern, Nashville Predators
We are currently seeking interns for our upcoming 2018-19 season, specifically for the fall semester, starting early September.
Preds internship opportunities are attached and are in the formats of either a weekly office role or as a game night staff member. Both positions are unpaid and must receive course credit.
Intern, Let America Vote
You’re invited to intern with Let America Vote, Jason Kander’s grassroots organization that is dedicated to protecting voting rights. We are now accepting applications for our fall internship and fellowship programs. We are looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how top-notch grassroots organizing works.
You will learn the basics of how to build a grassroots field program and help elect candidates who will fight to support and protect our fundamental right to vote. From engaging in daily field activities to learning from seasoned campaign staff to hearing from a variety of high-profile political guest speakers; this internship is unlike any other in politics. By learning the basics of campaign and political organizing, we will not only elect candidates who stand up for democracy and voting rights in 2018, but teach everyone involved the skills necessary to organize in their communities and even run campaigns in 2019 and beyond.
Hours are very flexible, and the team here at Let America Vote is a lot of fun! No experience is necessary. You will walk out the door at the end of the internship knowing how to run a local field program, as well as having met some great friends.
To apply, please visit https://tinyurl.com/interntnlav
Position: Public Relations Intern (Account Assistant)
Duration: Fall semester
Hours: Flexible; ideally 15-29/week
Location: Downtown Nashville (parking provided)
The Avenue West a Marbaloo Marketing company, is looking for a part-time Public Relations Account Assistant. In this position, you will support The Avenue West (TAW) team and assist in Media Research and Development, Administrative Tasks, and Client Reporting. This position is ideal for students who are organized, creative, and excited to get real-world PR experience. The Avenue West is a collaborative work environment where the Account Assistant will be responsible for communicating with all team members, including those in our Los Angeles and/or New York offices.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Media outlet and contact research
- Client press and social scans and clippings
- Mailing client product to media partners
- Assisting in ideating original pitch angles or feature ideas
- Assisting in updating client reporting documents
- Assisting in updating and organizing internal reporting documents
- Assisting in scheduling calls, meetings, and other administrative tasks
- Assisting in department expense reports
Intern, Classic Country Jamboree
CultureBanx, Contact: Kwame Som-Pimpong (Co-founder)
CultureBanx is a business news startup targeting black professionals. Co-founders Kori Hale and Kwame Som-Pimpong want to blend Bloomberg and Black Enterprise, so the company seeks interns to help with different components of managing our audience.
Intern, Jean Crowe Advocacy Center
The Jean Crowe Advocacy Center is part of Metro Nashville Government’s Office of Family Safety provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence as they navigate through the criminal and civil court process.
JCAC currently is looking for a part-time intern to help increase social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the purposes of:
- Advertising the Office of Family Safety’s and Jean Crowe Advocacy Center’s events and the opening of Nashville’s new Family Safety Center
- Promoting fundraising drives to increase yield from such drives
- Help with intern and volunteer recruitment through our social media platforms
- Inform and educate the community at large about domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking
Intern, Studio Now
Public Relations and Editorial Intern, Metro Nashville Public Schools (Contact: Mindi Ellis; Mindi.Ellis@mnps.org)
Students with public affairs or corporate communications interest get insight into local policy and politics, while supporting a corporate marketing organization.
MNPS interfaces with local PR agencies and key political offices, which could be very valuable networking for job opportunities after graduation. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Intern, Congressman Scott DesJarlais
We at Congressman DesJarlais (TN-04)’s office will be having several openings for interns as the Fall Semester begins, and would extend the invitation to any of your interested students to come and work with us. Although we have several offices located throughout the Fourth District in Cleveland, Columbia, and Winchester, the interns would most likely be working in the Murfreesboro main office, where they will have the opportunity to engage with constituents, network, and gain valuable first-hand experience at how the Federal Government operates. The internships can be credit-based or not, depending on the needs of the students, and would be unpaid, although the hours are extremely flexible and are more or less up to the students. For any students interested, they can contact us at (615)896-1986, or if you rather, you can forward this email to them with my contact information available in the signature. Additional information can also be found online at https://desjarlais.house.gov/services/internships/congressional-internship-application.
She’s Got Game Event, Turner Sports (Registration Closes Sept. 7)
Turner Sports cordially invites you to “She’s Got Game” a one-day experience for women looking to learn more about what it takes to have a successful career in the sports industry. Whether you are still in school and unsure what comes next or early into your professional career and just want to know more, this event is for you. On September 14, 2018 from 11:30a – 6:30p, attendees will have the opportunity – through workshops, panels, and networking sessions – to meet some of the most talented women in the sports industry and learn about career opportunities that are changing the game. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Creative Writing Internship, DoingGood
Doing Good is a 501c3 non-profit. Its goal is to increase the number of volunteers & the number of hours per volunteer in Nashville, TN. The vision of Doing Good is to be the conduit to educate & inspire cultural shifts toward community volunteerism. The mission is to educate & engage communities by promoting & celebrating “Doing Good” through volunteerism. Doing Good provides Marketing & Public Relations tools, opportunities, & resources to agencies which celebrate volunteers. The more Doing Good can provide these agencies, the more of their time & money they can spend on their own mission. The Doing Good values are Inspiration, Authenticity, Integrity, Connectivity, Inclusivity, Quality, Support, & a Personal approach. For more information on the internship, please see the attached flyer.