We’re proud of our broad coursework that allows students to go on to fast-paced careers in a variety of multimedia, journalism and communication careers.
We also know that internships are a great way for students to gain the skills, contacts and professional experience that employers are looking for.
That's why we require all students to complete 120 internship hours, equivalent to three credits, regardless of their Mass Communication major. Most students intern during their final two years at WSU.
To arrange an internship, students should have earned at least 60 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
You’ll need to make sure your internship abides by our guidelines (PDF).
You’ll also be required to complete contract and evaluation forms (PDF) prior to and following your internship, respectively.
Need some internship ideas?
Our students have interned at a plethora of mass communication companies and organizations over the past few years.
Some students interned outside of Minnesota—like NBC News in Chicago and a sports entertainment company based in Colorado—and even outside the country—like a TV station in Cario, Egypt.
Other students completed their internships locally at:
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Frozen River Film Festival
- Great River Shakespeare Festival
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Rochester (Minnesota) Magazine
- The Rochester Minnesota Post-Bulletin
- RTP Co.
For more information, contact the Dr. Tanya Ryan, the Department Chair, at TRyan@winona.edu.
You can also refer to Handshake, WSU’s #1 job and internship search tool for students and alumni.
Or check out WSU’s online interview practice tool, interviewstream, which allows you to video record your practice interviews.