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Careers & Internships


The Mass Communication program prepares you to take advantage of future careers that may not even exist yet in the communication world. Here are just a few of the potential careers chosen by Mass Communication graduates:

  • Advertising director, copywriter
  • Announcer, news anchor, sportscaster, broadcast supervisor/technician
  • Book/newspaper/magazine/website editor or copyeditor
  • Broadcast station manager
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Event planner
  • Media relations representative, press secretary, public information officer
  • Multimedia director
  • News/feature photographer
  • News/feature/sports reporter, technical writer
  • Portrait/studio photographer
  • PR specialist
  • Print production manager
  • Public affairs and marketing specialist
  • Publicist
  • Radio/TV producer
  • TV camera operator
  • Web communications specialist 

We’re proud of the broad education our students receive, coursework and internships that allow them to go on to fast-paced careers in today’s multimedia journalism and communication careers. Communicating in mass markets today involves an array of media: newspaper, magazine, TV, radio, Internet, photography and more. Mass Communication graduates need experience in all of those to compete in today’s job market. 


More and more Mass Communication students are realizing that an internship can give them the skills, contacts and professional experience that employers are looking for in today’s competitive job mark.

Recent students from our department have completed 120-hour, three-credit internship programs at:
  • NBC News in Chicago
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the Twin Cities
  • A Colorado-based sports entertainment company
  • The Rochester Minnesota Post-Bulletin newspaper
  • A Chicago advertising agency
  • HBC cable in Winona
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Minneapolis
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona
  • Rochester (Minnesota) Magazine
  • RTP Co., Winona
  • Frozen River Film Festival, Winona
  • A TV station in Cairo, Egypt
To arrange an internship, students should have earned at least 60 credits and have a cumulative WSU grade point average of 2.5 or higher. For more information, contact the Department Chairperson, Dr. Tanya Ryan, at or 507.457.2603 and view the Mass Communication Internship Guidelines (PDF) and Evaluation/Contract (PDF).

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