Brittany Glover, intern in action

Intern projects

Katherine Freshwater in action

Student photographer Katherine Freshwater took second place in the 2011 Internship Photo Contest.

Robert Snyder, 2011 creative writing graduate, acted and assisted in the production of videos about the library and campus dining used for orientation. His co-star was Brianna Callewaert, UR work-study student. Chase Holfelder, 2011 English graduate, was the videographer and producer. MORE

Robert Snyder '11 and Meaghan Kacsmar ’11 wrote alumni profiles that were published in UNCW Magazine.

Hannah Akers Colon ’11 wrote two stories published in UNCW Magazine: Immersed in sustainability and Scholarships open world on scientific research.

Other student bylines:

Video productions:

where are they now?

Bill Hawks '10, '11M - director of marketing at Stalwart in Charlotte

Jessica Costanza '09 - senior associate at RF Binder in New York City

Chase Holdelfer '11 - Ignite Social Media in Raleigh

Haley Williams ’11 - marketing project manager with the Lance Armstrong Foundation

Nicole Doherty ’10 - consultant with Weatherby Healthcare in Raleigh

Ashton Young Gourlay ’10 - public relations and event coordinator at the Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center

Katie White '09 - associate manager of merchandising and marketing at Coach in New York City

Suzanne Barron - marketing executive with Pentana Inc. in Hertfordshire, England

Stephanie Celenza '10 - junior account executive with LaForce + Stevens in New York City

Kate Heaton '09 - quality assurance analyst at US Airways express

Laura Klinedinst '09 - senior digital strategist with 3 Birds Marketing LLC in Chapel Hill

Carolyn Panzer '10 -business manager at Purdue University

Erica Tucker '10 - marketing specialist at KB Home

Ezechiel Orski-Ritchie ’10 - solution activation specialist at Google in Australia


University Relations

Janine Iamunno, executive director,, 962.2445

Marybeth Bianchi, creative services director,, 962.4164

Jamie Moncrief, university photographer,, 962.3601

Dustin Miller, media productions manager,, 962.4082

Molly McKeown, web communications manager,, 962.2050

Hands-on, feet-first learning experience

Whether it's assisting at an on-location magazine photo shoot, creating a video for YouTube, interviewing a top scientist about their latest research or working with media during press conference, your University Relations internship will give you a wide-range of experiences sure to impress your future employers.

During your semester with us you will be exposed to and assist in a wide-range of writing, communications and marketing assignments covering all aspects of the UR unit, with the goal of constantly improving your skills in all areas.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work closely with UR professionals as they work with divisions and departments across campus to:

  • develop
  • research
  • write
  • edit
  • photograph
  • design
  • promote
  • analyze

UNCW publications, news releases, websites, advertisement and marketing plans.

UR photo services also offers internship opportunities that exposes students to:

  • digital and film photography
  • hands-on location lighting for still photography
  • access to professional photo equipment as well as state-of-the-art imaging computers

UNCW Media Production provides a learning platform where students can train in the fields of broadcasting and communication. The CHWK, a faculty and staff-managed, student-operated channel, reaches an audience of nearly 14,000 people, while TLN, UNCW's public broadcast reaches an audience of approximately 130,000. This makes UNCW Media Production unique because no other large-scale, local outlet provides opportunities for students to make decisions about air time, scheduling, content generation, news gathering, management and broadcasting.

The challenges I was confronted by effectively enhanced my marketable skills that I will take to the workplace. – David K. Glaubach ’11, communication studies major

What to expect

Here are some things you will be asked to do:

  • conduct interviews (faculty, staff, alumni, students) and do background research
  • write and edit articles for major university publications (printed and online), press releases, brochures, advertisements
  • assist with media relations for programs and events
  • participate in press conferences
  • attend important campus events and meetings such as UNCW Board of Trustees
  • work on marketing projects, including videos
  • work on university-related social networking programs
  • learn basic graphic design skills
  • learn about crisis communications
  • assist with or participate in photo shoots
  • assist with market research
  • assist with speech writing
  • shoot, edit and package short videos to post online
  • assist with website development

At the end of the term, you will have developed a well-rounded portfolio of published work that will be very helpful as you pursue other internships and full-time employment after graduation. We will help you strengthen the communication skills that are essential for public relations professionals.

A limited number of internships are available each semester, as well as summer sessions, for credit (3-credit hours, 126 hours or 6-credit hours, 252 hours) or for non-credit. Internships are not paid.

As an intern (over two and a half years ago) I developed a strong foundation that has allowed me to build upon it and become a more effective communicator. When reflecting on my time spent as an intern, I can't help but feel thankful for the skill set and relationships I developed. Whether you’re interested in media relations, graphic design, journalism, social media marketing or photography there is a home for everyone and the learning possibilities are truly endless. – Jessica Costanza '09, communication studies major

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