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Based on 16 reviews
Internships 4.5-stars Based on 16 ratings
Oversight & Aid 3.5-stars Based on 15 ratings
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  • Lauren Chapman 2:52 p.m.
    July 28, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2015
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    My internship was funded by a scholarship. Unfortunately, that scholarship covered the cost of living in California, but could not pay for the credits I was receiving. I was denied financial aid and am in a position that I cannot revise my fall semester because there is a hold on my account.
    However, this was the best experience I could have had at an internship. I moved 2,100 miles away from everyone I've ever known to be a digital journalist. It was an adventure both professionally and personally. I learned so much while I interned at the Sacramento Bee. I just wish it didn't cost me a grand to do it.

  • Danny J 12:51 p.m.
    July 28, 2014
    Major: Telecommunications, 2017
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 1.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I am a telecommunications major at Ball State University and will be starting my sophomore year in August. I interned with the director of photography at Douglas Elliman in New York City this summer. Douglas Elliman is the largest real estate company in the city, and the fourth largest in the nation. As a student majoring in video production, I found this internship to be very enlightening of the professional/corporate world. I learned how to control the exposure levels on cameras, what equipment, techniques, and angles are appropriate for various events & settings, and I also learned how to critically edit & color grade still photography and videos. I was able to use professional equipment that I would never have been able to afford or use at my school, and I enjoyed the opportunities to visit and photograph some of the most beautiful and expensive residences on the market. My school had absolutely no involvement with landing me this internship, as I was able to apply through a family friend in the company that mentioned my name. The internship was paid, and while I will not be receiving credits for it, my supervisor will be writing an evaluation for me that I can use as a reference. As a result of this internship, I feel far more well-rounded in video production and still photography than I was prior to the summer. I feel that the experience will enable me to apply professional and critical steps in my work.

  • Madelyn 8:34 a.m.
    July 25, 2014
    Major: Interpersonal Communications, 2014
    Internship 2.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I had an internship wit ha company that promised me I would be working on things that mattered. I was told in the interview that I was the marketing and event planning intern and I would gain great experience. What really happened is that I passed out flyers on cars for a month... Not what I would call great experience. What I did learn though, is that I never want to do that with my career.

  • Jenny K. 7:37 p.m.
    July 24, 2014
    Major: Magazine Journalism , 2015
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    An internship is a great way to branch out of the usual classroom and learn what you really can't from books, lectures and projects. Applying and interviewing are part of that experience. I am going into my senior year at BSU and feel much more confident completing my degree soon and moving forward because of my internship.

  • Mary M 2:48 p.m.
    July 24, 2014
    Major: Communication Studies, 2015
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I'm a graduate student in the department of communication studies at BSU. I interned for a construction company out of Chicago for my summer internship as a marketing coordinator. I found this internship on my own and am so happy that I did. I learned valuable information about the construction industry and received real world experience working for the corporate world. I worked on request for proposals, presentations, resumes, advertisements, and so much more this summer. I know that when I graduate in a year I will be able to go out and show perspective employers that I have a lot of experience and great recommendations to back me up. I really enjoyed being able to reflect on the work I was doing and receive credit for school at the same time.

  • Faith K. 12:44 p.m.
    July 24, 2014
    Major: Communication Studies , 0
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I'm a graduate student in Ball State's Department of Communication Studies. My faculty advisor knew I was interested in student affairs and helped me set up an internship with the Division of Student Affairs at Ball State, working with the Associate VP of Student Affairs. I gained practical experience in a field of my interest. One of the requirements for a graduate internship is that it be paid, and I didn't even have to negotiate to get a fair wage-- my internship supervisor made sure that I was paid enough to take care of living expenses through the summer. I loved having an opportunity to apply my classroom knowledge while making meaningful connections with some bigger names on campus.

  • AN 12:12 p.m.
    July 24, 2014
    Major: Photojournalism, 2014
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I'm a photojournalism intern at Hot Press in Dublin, Ireland. When I tell people this, their first question is" "How did you find yourself in this position," so I will also add that I learned about this opportunity through the EUSA program and the Rinker Center at BSU. I'm graduating this summer, after my internship is complete. I've had one other internship at a small newspaper in my home town, but I honestly couldn't begin to compare the two as they are so drastically different. When you go abroad, you can easily find yourself swept up in confusion and find it hard to acclimate to your surroundings, the people and the culture. When you add being a new intern in a large, thriving music publication on top of that, it can easily escalate the hyperventilating. (Ok, ok, I'm joking a bit here). Honestly I have loved every minute, I've hated every second and I've held on for dear life through this entire experience. They told me my emotions would be like a roller coaster during my time here both loving the experience and missing home all at the same time. Although I'm slightly kidding in this, being away from anything familiar for almost 3 months can be somewhat of a hardship. The internship in and of itself isn't the only new aspect you're having to cope with. Everything is new. You have to go through challenges that when you are in an environment you understand, seem like nothing. For instance, just figuring out how to get myself to work seemed like a test of will. I'm not sure what I expected, but I can say that I have learned more about myself in one summer than I ever could have hoped to do in my whole life. Working here has given me the ability to challenge myself, push myself to embrace completely new ideas and to really go after what I want. I work Monday - Friday 10 am (because seriously, that's when Dublin wakes up) to 6 pm. I can also have much longer hours depending on if I have to shoot a gig or not, and many times I've worked music festivals on the weekends and have traveled for photo shoots. I've met several musicians and been able to immerse myself in music and Irish culture all summer. Although the work has been rewarding, working as many long hours as I have has taken its toll on me. When working in a different country on a student visa, you cannot be paid. Working without pay can make you feel disheartened in your work at times because you won't be getting anything as a "reward." I always have to give myself a large pep talk when I'm feeling this way to remind myself that the work in and of itself is rewarding because I'm gaining experience, but it can be difficult to jerk myself out of the mood when I'm exhausted and bleary eyed trying to catch up on editing my photos. When you're in a different country, spending loads of money on an internship for the experience and credit alone, you definitely realize the importance of working and earning money. That being said, this experience has been incredibly worthwhile and I would definitely recommend others to look into the EUSA Program. They offer a variety of different countries to work in, and you will probably never get a better opportunity to grow as a person and as a young working professional as you will while struggling to find your way in another culture in completely different surroundings. You have to rely on yourself and your own intelligence, and I feel nothing could prepare you more for your independence out of college.

  • Katie R. 3:09 p.m.
    July 18, 2014
    Major: Public Relations, 2017
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid No rating
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I am going to be a sophomore at Ball State University. Interning at a boutique PR firm right outside the city of Chicago and I have loved minute of it. The environment is very fast paced and I have learned more than I ever thought possible about the PR world. I am very thankful they are paying because it is a very demanding job. I work 9-5 Monday through Thursday and my total commute time for a day is four hours- 2 hours there and 2 hours back. This is the only hard part about the job but it is completely worth it. I love my colleagues and love our clients. Media relations is this firm's niche, so I am in constant contact with media, and even top tier media. The firm had every bit of faith in me and made me jump right in. My dean at Ball State is actually the person who told me about this job, and my boss was actually a professor at BSU in the 80s. Networking is key and I am very thankful they didn't see "freshman" on my resume and automatically say no.

  • Katie 1:06 p.m.
    July 11, 2014
    Major: Photojournalism, 2014
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I'm a photojournalism intern at Fort Knox Cadet Command Public Affairs in Kentucky. While this intern is more of a PR type of deal and not a true journalistic internship I am still learning a lot of things. I was given free housing in the barracks at Fort Knox. They aren't the best to live in and there is no air condition during the summer I was there. The only really bad thing was that they said they would provide us meals and it never happened so the money we are being paid is used for food. I am also working almost 60 hours a week with all the training that goes that I have to go out and cover. So there is literally no time to sleep and you do not have time to just rest at all. Don't get me wrong, I love this internship. I had a great experience there and it really tests you on how you collaborate with not only the military but also off base as well. It is just a very demanding internship and you have to be not only physically prepared but also mentally as well. You learn a lot and with that you also get paid.

  • Karah 4:13 p.m.
    April 18, 2014
    Major: Telecommunications: Sales & Promotions, 2014
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I was a marketing intern through Live Nation Indianapolis, located in Keystone. I loved every minute of it, and actually preferred driving an hour and a half for unpaid work than attending class. I have taken so much from it, and have gotten to stay with them for my final semester at Ball State, and continue with them this summer. The music industry is definitely a passion of mine, and there are not many classes offered that give you the knowledge and insight that you gain from going and working for a huge conglomerate like Live Nation. I was NEVER just a "go-for" this and "go-for" that. I was able to interact with clients, guests, and go out into the community and poster. Unfortunately they are in the works of making changes to their internship programs, and I have no idea how this will affect students in the upcoming years, but I cannot express how fortunate I have been to have been a part of it all!

  • Tim 10:41 a.m.
    April 18, 2014
    Major: Telecommunications/Journalism News, 2014
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I had a great time at my internship. I did it during the summer of 2013. Learned quite a bit. The staff was welcoming and made me feel at home and part of the team. It was unpaid, however. I had the costs of the course credit through school and then I also had the cost of gas from driving back and forth because I did not live in the city that I had my internship in. I'm still in debt with my credit card for over $1000 for it.

  • Lins 3:10 p.m.
    April 9, 2014
    Major: Magazine Journalism, 2014
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I interned with a magazine in Chicago, and I loved it. I was able to have my work published online and in print. I sat in on a variety of meetings and was able to get a better idea of how publications worked that I ever did in a classroom. The people I worked with at the internship were incredibly friendly, and the internship supervisor back at school was very helpful when I had a questions about the weekly reports. I couldn't have asked for a better internship experience.

  • MarketingIntern 11:34 a.m.
    April 9, 2014
    Major: Advertising, 0
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I have had two internships--both paid and unpaid. My unpaid internship was outside of my career path, and felt more like volunteering witht the title "intern." I learned very little about my professional goals and life in an office setting.
    My paid, and favorite, internship has been an amazing experience. It is outside of Advertising specifically, but I am a marketing intern so they are closely related. I'm actually happy that my internship gave me experience outside of the advertising industry because I know that I could be very happy working in B2B marketing. I was challeneged to quickly learn the ins and outs of a technical scientific testing company and to assimilate to the rich company culture. I was given the tools I needed to suceed and was encouraged to dive in head first, without being micro managed or watched over. I'm so thankful for the expereince I am having here (they asked me to stay on as a part-time employee) and I couldn't imagine my transition into the professional world without the skils I have gained here. Ball State's Department of Journalism teaches students how to learn by doing, a skill MANDATORY in the professional world of marketing/advertising.

  • Ashton 9:47 a.m.
    April 4, 2014
    Major: Adverti, 2014
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 5.0-stars
    Payment Paid
    Review

    I have had two, very successful and paid internships. I am in advertising and have had both a marketing/graphics and advertising internships. My current internship has led to a job offer upon graduation. Ball State has definitely prepared me for these jobs.

    I have been able to apply skills from various classes/courses to my real-life internship. I'm not a graphics minor or major but the few classes I have had I was able to really expand the range of my first internship. I then was asked to freelance after my first internship (for credit) ended and had to end my freelance when I began my second/current internship.

    I began doing the national and local advertising for my current internship in October and then in February I took on the task of Social Media. I have been very lucky in the positions I have entered, I adore both supervisors and the knowledge I have gained.

  • Matt 1:02 p.m.
    April 3, 2014
    Major: Photojournalism, 2014
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    My internship was easily a great experience. I met a lot of people and learned an incredible amount about alt weeklies. My supervisor was very helpful, always will to let me shoot an advertising photo or a main portrait. My supervisor was even willing to teach me more about film and told me that I have more potential than many of the photographers that he has worked with.

    I hesitate to say my internship was unpaid, because I did get paid. However, it was only for works that were published. I was basically a freelancer for them but working in the office and doing other things to help out. It wasn't like i got a stipend or a set amount every week. So in that regard, it wasn't considered a paid internship.

  • Annon 12:33 a.m.
    April 3, 2014
    Major: Advertising , 2014
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 5.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I learned a lot about how my chosen industry functions in the real world. My boss was also amazing! Easily one of my favorite people.

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