Strategic Communication Internships
All Strategic Communication majors are encouraged to complete one or more internships during their junior or senior years. The internship program includes one-on-one assistance with resume preparation, selection of internship possibilities, interview skills and a group orientation session prior to beginning the internship. At the conclusion of the semester, the student will also have prepared a professionally presented portfolio of projects completed during the internship.
Students returning from these internships have reported surprise at the amount of responsibility they were given and how quickly they were able to adapt to requirements of the workplace. While on campus, they are taught and guided by faculty members whose careers spanned decades in practice as well as those whose background represents the highest of academic achievement. Perhaps that’s why so many Butler Strategic Communication students land first jobs well above the typical entry-level positions offered students from lesser programs.
Indianapolis, the 14th largest U.S. city, provides experiences in a variety of professions for the strategic communication major. There are internships available at many of the large corporations such as Emmis Communication, Citizens Energy Group, and Indianapolis Power & Light Company. Students interested in sports promotion have completed internships at the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Sports Corporation, USA Gymnastics, United States Diving, Inc., Special Olympics Indiana, and Indianapolis 500 Festival.
The not-for-profit organizations—St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, American College of Sports Medicine, Indiana Black Expo, United Way of Central Indiana, American Legion National Headquarters, Downtown Indy, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association and the Children's Museum—also offer internships.
Students may complete internships on a national level through the Butler University/Washington, DC Semester Intern Program. This program is designed to offer internship opportunities and enables students to earn up to 20 credits in a flexible combination of coursework and interning. While in Washington, D.C, students have interned at The White House, various Congressional offices, the Smithsonian, National Geographic and MSNBC.