Jobs & Internships
Comm. 4850 Internship Program
All communication majors are required to complete an internship (Comm. 4850) or a directed project (4800) before graduation. The majority of students choose to complete the internship, because it provides valuable work experience prior to graduation.
Interns must apply the semester before they plan to enroll in Comm. 4850, Individual Internship.
- For spring internships the deadline is around Halloween (In 2012, the deadline is October 31).
- For fall or summer intenrships the deadline to apply is around Valentine’s Day (In 2013, the deadline is February 14).
To apply, students must have:
- completed COMM 2300, 2310, and 3200
- completed or be enrolled in COMM 4200 or 4510
- completed or be enrolled in at least two upper level communication skills courses (skills courses include COMM 3330, 3350, 3370, 3400, 3450, 3500, 3610, 3630, 3660, some 4000 courses, 4100, 4350, 4450, 4550 and 4700)
- a minimum overall 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 GPA in communication
COMM 4850 Internship Application Procedures
All application materials must be submitted the Communication Department Office (Frist 309) by 4 p.m. on the stated deadline. NO LATE PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION BOOKLETS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Applicants need to turn in a portfolio presentation booklet containing the following items:
- a completed internship application form
- write a 200 word response to one an ethical scenarios (follow the link to see ethical scenarios)
- a statement of not fewer than 200 words on your career goals
- your resume
- a portfolio of specific examples of your writing, editing and/or design work (see below for details).
Your portfolio of sample works should consist of the following examples:
- Three (3) different media writing examples of YOUR OWN work. These must be your own original work from internships, jobs, or class assignments, and should not have grading marks on them. Examples include stories written for The Echo or other publications; scripts or stories written for Mocs News or other video productions; copy written for clients in Comm. 3330 or Comm. 4700; Web copy written for Comm. 3370 or other writing created especially for some form of media.
- Two (2) visual example of your work YOUR OWN WORK, printed out on paper, if possible. Possible examples include a printout of a Power Point presentation you designed that should include graphics, art or photographs; a print out of a screen capture of a web pages you designed; a design project or printed literature you designed, such as a flyer, advertisement, or brochure; a photograph you shot, published or not; a DVD of video, with or without audio,that you shot and/or edited. You MUST include a printed description of the video ALONG WITH the DVD. Please be certain the DVD is readable.
All examples in the portfolio MUST BE LABELED. Include a brief description of the piece and your role in creating it. For example, the label might read:
- “This is a news story written for The Echo. I conducted the interviews and wrote the story.” OR
- “This is a research paper written for COMM 4200. I conducted the research and wrote the paper.” OR
- “This is a brochure for my sorority. I helped edit the copy and did the layout and design.”
A brief reminder about plagiarism: If you are caught submitting or claiming work that is not your own, you will not be approved to do an internship under COMM 4850. Be complete and clear in the labeling of your examples. Do not take credit for work you did not do. You WILL BE caught.
Portfolio presentation booklets are available from the department administrative assistant in Frist 309. Portfolios will not be returned, so do not submit your only copy of materials.
A sample portfolio presentation booklet is available for review in the main Communication Office, Frist 309. Please do not remove this portfolio.
You will be notified by letter if you have been accepted into Comm. 4850, Individual Internship. If you are not accepted, your letter will explain why and tell you what you must do to get accepted.
All internship placements must be coordinated through the faculty internship director.
Not all internships are available every semester. Some internship are paid, but this varies a great deal. To list a job or internship that is available with your company or organization, please contact Dr. Betsy Alderman by emailing Betsy-Alderman@utc.edu.
Non-profit public relations
- American Cancer Society
- American Hiking Society
- American Junior Golf Association
- Arts & Education Council
- Bethlehem Community Center
- Boy Scouts of America
- Camp Ozark
- Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
- Chattanooga Area Food Bank
- Chattanooga Cares
- Chattanooga Hamilton County Bicentennial Library
- Chattanooga Medical Society
- Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
- Chattanooga Nature Center
- Chattanooga Presents
- Chattanooga Room in the Inn
- Chattanooga Track Club
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Dallas Bay Baptist Church
- Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
- Grow Chattanooga
- Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE)
- Hope 808
- Intern Match Chattanooga
- Internship Opportunities
- March for Dimes
- Museum Center at 5 Points
- Origin Church
- Outdoor Chattanooga
- P.A.W.S at UTC
- Partnership for Families, Children,and Adults
- Public Education Foundation (PEF)
- Senator Bob Corker Internship
- Senator Lamar Alexander Internship Program
- Signal Centers
- South Tree
- Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association
- Tennessee Department of Education
- Tennessee Legislative Internship Program
- Tennessee Valley Public Power
- The First Tee Chattanooga
- UT/TSU Horticulture Extension
- YMCA Young Women's Leadership Academy
For profit Public Relations/Agencies/Advertising/Marketing
- 3H Group Hotel
- Advance Surgical Concepts,PLLC
- Athlon Sports
- Blissful Moments Wedding & Event Planning
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee
- Burns Entertainment
- CBL Properties
- Chattanooga Convention Center and Visitors Bureau
- Chattanooga Riverboat Co.
- Chatty Crafty
- Clear Channel Chattanooga
- CMC Publication
- Crabtree Farms
- Derryberry PR LLC
- Foresight Management Development Co.
- Jarrad Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc.
- The John Group
- The Johnson Group
- La Paz
- La Quinta
- Life Care Center of America
- Logic Marketing
- Metamorphosis Media
- Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
- Parkridge Health System
- Pure Barre Studios Chattanooga
- R & R Marketing
- Ringgold Telephone Company
- Soiree of Chattanooga
- Southern Salvage Internship
- Speech & Hearing Center
- St. Barnabas Senior Living
- The Buckle Inc.
- The Sound Office
- Trans Card
- US Express Inc.
- Walden Security
- Waterhouse PR
- Weather Channel
Writing Publication / Magazine
- American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)
- Blue Ribbon College/Journal Communications
- Chattanooga News Chronicle
- Chattanooga Times Free Press
- Detroit News
- Dow News Fund
- Gannett Development Program
- Hamilton Herald Kickoff Publications Newsletter & Electronic Publisher Foundation (NEPF)
- The Parent Magazine
- The Pulse
- The Tennessean
- Thomas Nelson True
- North Custom Publishing
- USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Program
Broadcasting (Television and Radio and other production facilities)
Positions may be available in news, production, promotions and other areas
- ABC19 WKPT TV
- Brewer Media Group
- Deaton Flanigen Productions
- FULL MEDIA
- Hits 96 Radio
- IRTS Summer Foundation
- Precept Ministries International
- RCTV-Comcast Channel 22 & Charter Channel 23
- RCTV-Roswell City Tennessee Charter Channel 23
- Scripps Networks 6
- Strong Media
- Williams Web
- WPLZ News Talk 95.3
- WTVC-News Channel 9 -SBG
National & International Internships
Information about national and international internships programs can be found at UTC's International and National Exchange Programs.
Examples of internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. include
- American Society of Magazine Editors
- Fund for American Studies
- Service members Legal Defense Network
- Washington Center
- Washington Center for Politics & Journalism (WCP & J)
- Washington Internship Institute
NOTE: Are there others you'd like to explore? See the internship director. All internship placement must be approved by the internship director.
Other Internship & Job Resources
- UTC Placement and Student Employment Center - Find job opportunities in the Chattanooga area.
- ChattanoogaHasJobs.com - Find job opportunities in the Chattanooga area.
- Times Free Press Job Center - Find job opportunities in the Chattanooga area.
- EntertainmentCareers.net - Check out an up-to-date list of internships available in the entertainment industry at EntertainmentCareers.net. Many of the internships listed are with reputable companies. But be sure to check out the company first, especially if it says "confidential" or if its a company you have never heard of before.
- AdAge.com - Ad Age, the leading trade publication for the advertising industry, provides classified listings for jobs in advertising.
- AFF.org - American Advertising Federation Job Bank.
- AD Week's Media Job Market - Job listings in the advertising industry.
- American Marketing Association - Job listings in the marketing industry.
- BookJobs.com - Created by the Association of American Publishers, bookjobs.com provides you with an up-to-date list of internships and entry-level jobs in the publishing world. The site also provides you with background information on the industry.
- JustTechJobs.com - Want a job in the Internet industry? Check out JustTechJobs.com's high tech job listings.
- PRSA.org - Looking for jobs in public relations? The Public Relations Society of America (an industry group) provides listings of current jobs.
- PRSSA.org - The Public Relations Student Society of America provides a useful job center for finding internships and jobs in public relations. You'll need to be a member of PRSSA to access the full features of the job center, but if you're not a member the site still provides links to other job resources.
- VarietyCareers.com - Want to find a job in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, Radio, Music, and more)? Check out VarietyCareers.com and be sure to click on "Breaking In ...." found under Resources in the left hand menu.