IWU Media Communication major Alex Canfield spent the summer of 2010 as an intern at ESPN world headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Canfield was one of 89 interns chosen from an initial pool of about 10,000 applicants.
The internship program included regular pay, subsidized housing and extensive training in jobs across the company.
All IWU Communication and Theatre students complete an internship, which provides additional opportunities to gain valuable skills and strengthen your ability to start your career.
Recent IWU Communication and Theatre internships:
The Sojourn, IWU’s award-winning print and online campus newspaper, is entirely student-managed and written. Stipends are furnished for all editors, business and distribution managers, and photography staff. Advanced journalism students have the additional opportunity to write for the Marion Chronicle-Tribune, our city’s daily professional newspaper.
The theatre program provides at least four productions each year, including one faculty-directed and one student-directed production in both the fall and spring semesters. All IWU students are invited to interview for roles (actors, technicians, production managers, etc.) in the guild. While there is no stated service requirement, guild members meet periodically to promote the theatre and aid in its advancement, as well as participate in limited community service projects. Involvement in theatre productions does not require guild membership.
The Division of Communication and Theatre is active in both of these journalism organizations, and students and faculty advisers attend annual workshops and conventions.
Students gain experience by working for the Grant County Community’s Class A 24-hour television station, housed in the Division of Communication and Theatre’s state-of-the-art facilities. Students work with staff professionals on local news magazine shows, live basketball games, community telethons, and IWU cultural and worship events. Student managers earn stipends based on a competitive interview process and professional fulfillment of responsibilities.
IWU hosts a local chapter of the PRSSA. Student members are able to engage in opportunities that develop professional and personal skills. Strong ties with the PRSA parent organization enable students to network with professionals and give a jumpstart to their careers.
Student managers, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, operate an FCC-licensed radio station. Students serve as on-air announcers as requirements in various radio courses. WIWU-FM broadcasts to all of Marion and Grant County with contemporary Christian music and local programming.
The Division of Communication and Theatre sponsors a chapter of the communication honor society.