Opportunities for Journalism and Public Relations Majors

  • Caitlin Birch with the Pittsburgh Penguins

    WORKING WITH THE PENGUINS:  While a student, Caitlin Birch, journalism alumna, was accepted into a community relations internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “I wrote a lot of their foundation’s website content as well as organized all charitable projects and implementation of game-day promotions for more than 17,000 attendees,” Birch said.

    What’s Happening for Journalism and Public Relations Majors

    Journalism and Public Relations majors can engage in many activities outside of the classroom, further enriching their enthusiasm for digital media, traditional and new journalism, and public relations. The Penn,  WIUP-FM, and WIUP-TV are open to any IUP undergraduate, and our professors encourage students to experiment with, learn, and grow from these campus-wide opportunities.

    Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

    Student–run, the chartered local IUP-PRSSA chapter is part of the international organization. Not only will you work with and develop lasting partnerships with PR professions, but you will also have the opportunity to have real clients in the community for whom you do PR work, ultimately building your professional portfolio. Follow the organization on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.

    Society of Professional Journalists

    This local chapter of one of this nation’s most revered journalism organizations is geared toward helping you develop the skills and ethics essential to the profession. Follow the organization on Facebook.

    Internships

    Among the internship sites our students have had are: Warner Music Nashville, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes Magazine, People Magazine, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers, H.J. Heinz, NASA, the Federal Reserve, the Howard Stern Show, the Washington Post, Ohio Valley General Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh Public Schools public relations office, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA), Mitsubishi, the Smithsonian, the Department of the Interior, and the Carnegie Science Center.

    The HawkEye

    This award-winning public service reporting publication provides investigative reporting opportunities as you engage your skills on campus, in the community, and throughout the county.

    The HawkEar

    This is a student-produced local-news program with an award-winning pedigree that airs on WIUP-FM (90.1 FM).

    Renda Broadcasting and the Indiana Gazette

    Many students during their time at IUP work at Renda Broadcasting and/or the Indiana Gazette to build their resumes and skill sets.

    The Penn

    This student newspaper has been serving IUP students and the Indiana community since 1926. Owned by the Student Co-op, working in this newspaper is open to any IUP undergraduate. To follow student news on the go, connect with them on Twitter or Facebook.

    Strategic Visioning Project for IUP

    Journalism and Public Relations majors lead this university-wide project, which involves interviewing faculty, staff, and students and compiling their comments.

    Partner with ROTC to Practice “Embedded Journalism”

    In a partnership with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, some of our students travel to Fort Dawson, West Virginia to practice “embedded journalism.”

    Students with soldiers