Nobody would argue the value of a good internship, especially if you’re headed into today’s extremely challenging job market. In the SMC, we think internships are so important that we mandate them. Each student in our new curriculum is required to have at least one for-credit internship before they graduate. And the truth is, most of them have several. And that’s a good thing.

Finding those internships can also be a bit challenging. So we put together an annual internship fair, bringing together students from Loyola and other area schools and professionals from local media, agencies, nonprofits and other communication-related businesses. I’m not sure where the name Networking Night at Loyola came from, and I was at all the meetings. But we’ve used it five times, so we’re going to keep it!

This year’s Networking Night at Loyola, which was also a hands-on learning experience for students in the CMMN A335 Strategic Event Planning and Promotions course, allowed students from Loyola, Dillard, Xavier and SUNO to mix and mingle with a plethora of professionals representing a wide spectrum of career options.

We want to send a big thanks to the 2012 sponsors, Dominic Massa, one of our very own mass comm alums, and WWL-TV.

And we couldn’t have a Networking Night without the busy professionals who attended and who provide great internship opportunities for students in the SMC and elsewhere:

Accent on Arrangements and FestiGals
ASI Federal Credit Union
Community Legal Defense & Services of New Orleans
The Ehrhardt Group
FSC Interactive
Gambel Communications
Girls on the Run New Orleans
Green Light New Orleans
Team Happy Foundation
il Stratega
Office of James Carville
King, Krebs & Jurgens
Pelican Publishing Company
Tales of the Cocktail
Touro Infirmary
Vivid Image Consulting
World Trade Center New Orleans
WWL-TV
Zehnder Communications

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