Dean's Internships

Internships exclusively available for SOC students at top communication employers.

Meaningful Real-World Experience

Our Dean's Internship program offers exceptional School of Communication students the significant opportunity to earn bylines, production credits, and professional recognition for their work. World-class partners such as USA Today, Voice of America, NBC4-Washington and Interface Media Group have a long staqnding relationshiop with the School of Communication. Opportunities are available for our best and brightest students to connect with meaningful real-world assignments that provide recognition and future pathways to jobs.

Dean's Internships are generally open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni with a School of Communication major who have an overall GPA of at least 3.25. Positions and criteria vary from semester to semester as we forge new alliances with emerging industries, institutions, and associations. 

As a Dean's Intern, you become an "external ambassador" who represents the School of Communication, helping to build stronger ties with our host partners. After working part-time during the academic year, Dean's Interns are often invited back by their organizations to work full-time for the summer or after graduation.

Dean's Internships Applications

The School of Communication is excited to announce a streamlined SOC Dean’s Internship program for AY 22-23! SOC students will have access to apply for a wide variety of communication and media internships via Handshake or via direct application with employers/partners. Recognizing that you are juggling many things in and outside of the classroom, we’ve done away with the multipart internal application and placement process, simplifying the steps.You are invited to come meet us and learn more during an information session Thursday, October 6, 2:30-3:30 in MCK 113.

Once students have secured and gotten started on their internship, we encourage you to submit the simple application for consideration for one of the Dean’s Internship spots. The applications will be adjudicated by a small committee and the Dean. SOC and Dean Fulwood want to recognize the incredible work and contributions of our top students.

For Fall 2022, students must submit an application for consideration no later than Friday, November 4th, 2022.
 

Eligible applicants for the Dean’s Internship program must meet the following criteria:

·         Secure a communications-related internship

·         Be an SOC major

·         Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA

·         Have a class ranking as a junior, senior, graduate student or recent alumni

·         Complete the brief online application https://american.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7O0p8ZPfjDf6GCW before the deadline.

Selected students will be notified by SOC’s Dean’s Office and those chosen as Dean’s Interns will be recognized via profiles posted in SOC, on the web, and also invited to a special networking and sharing session with other DI’s and their hosts. Before their graduation, Dean’s Interns are invited to a special Medallion Ceremony and are awarded a medallion by the Dean that they wear during commencement exercises.

For any questions, please feel free to contact DeLauren Davis at deansinternships@american.edu.

Dean's Internship Blogs

Read first-hand accounts of what students learned during their Dean's Internships

Blogs

Meet the Dean's Interns

Get to know the students participating in Dean's Internships this semester.

Profiles

Bringing Community Stories to Life

Every person you meet has a unique and powerful story.

The first time Ellana Sloan worked at an off-location shoot was one of the most exciting days of her Dean's Internship at NBC4-Washington. She acted as the main assistant to NBC4's creative services producer, helping to finalize the shooting agenda, set up the scene, and time dialogue. Even minor tasks such as checking white balance or holding reflectors took on extra meaning because they were all part of bringing the story to life. For Ellana, it was exciting to capture people's emotions on camera.

Frequently Asked Questions

All internships offer students the benefits of experiential learning, but Dean's internships are distinguished in the following ways:

  • The School of Communication Strategic Partnerships Office works with nationally-recognized partners to recruit top students for substantive positions through an internal competitive process.
  • Our host partners appreciate and respect that Dean's Interns have been reviewed and vetted by faculty. They evaluate the pool of candidates and make their final selections based on the needs of the position.
  • You may also apply on your own for internships through an organization's website. If you are hired by a host party and distinguish yourself through your work, you may be invited to join the Dean's Intern program retroactively.
  • Host partners strive to provide Dean's Interns with substantive responsibilities so that they may earn bylines and production credits. Dean's Interns can point to a compelling online portfolio of real-world experience through blogs and feature stories about their work.
  • Dean's Interns are periodically invited to participate in School of Communication VIP receptions, Dean's Advisory Board meetings, and other highly-recognized events.
  • The prestigious achievement of being named a Dean's Intern burnishes a student's reputation, builds a strong personal network of industry contacts, and demonstrates proven professional experience in today's competitive job market.

Each semester, internship positions are posted in the Career Center Handshake website. Employers will make final selections on top candidates that meet the criteria of the host party. After completing the majority of the internship, interns are encouraged to apply separately to the Dean's Internship program. This application can be completed via Qualtrics(https://american.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7O0p8ZPfjDf6GCW)and will be reviewed by the Dean's Internship committee. The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is Friday, November 4th. Selected interns for the program will be notified by November 18th. 

Once you have submitted your applications online, you should receive an email confirmation from DeLauren Davis, Dean's Intern Coordinator. You may feel free to follow up by email or phone, 202-885-2098, or simply drop by and introduce yourself in McKinley Room 212 to check on the progress of your application. 

Dean's Internships are open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni (within one year of graduating) with a School of Communication major or minor who have an overall GPA of at least 3.25. If you are not yet a junior, but will be one when the internship starts, or if you are at least a junior according to credit count, you may apply. We occasionally have opportunities for students who have recently graduated to work in full-time Dean's "externships" for the fall or spring following their graduation. You can also apply from abroad if you're away for the semester for the upcoming round.

Yes. The Dean’s Intern positions offered may change based on the partner’s request or the organization’s needs. We generally offer 12 to 15 opportunities with approximately ten partner institutions, however, the number of available internships may fluctuate from one semester to another.

It depends on when the partnering organizations finalize their Dean’s Intern offerings. Usually, internships are posted mid-way through the term prior to the internship (October to November for spring internships, for example). It’s also possible that a partner will identify a need off-cycle. In that case, we will post that position at the beginning of the semester or whenever the request is finalized.

No. As with any internship, you need to register for academic credit if your schedule permits it. Some Dean's Internships require academic credit; others do not. If you are interested in a Dean's Internship, you may discuss your credit options with your academic advisor. 

We strongly encourage partnering organizations to pay their interns. Most provide hourly, weekly, or monthly stipends to students, and of course, all offer valuable on-the- job training. We ask that Dean’s Intern employers comply with relevant laws and Department of Labor regulations as outlined through AU’s Career Center.