Have a great opportunity? We can connect you with our students and recent alums!
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media (TISM) students are:
- technology experts
- media researchers
- media marketers
In the areas of:
Information & Communication Technology, including:
- information technology (IT)
- information & communication technology (ICT)
- information & communication technology for development (ICT4D)
Games & Meaningful Play, including:
- serious games
- 3D graphics
TV, Cinema & Radio, including:
- fiction film
- audio engineering
- sound design
Social & Interactive Media, including:
- human computer interaction (HCI)
- user-experience design
- interactive media
- social media
- flash design and development
- 3D graphics
- motion graphics
- information design
- content strategy
Health & Technology
Economics, Policy & Effects
Ways to Connect with Students
There are a few ways to connect with students:
Be a Course Client
Many of our courses include project components. Some courses incorporate projects from clients when the instructor feels it will add to the learning experience of the course. Courses have specific learning objectives, so those that do use clients in the classroom are typically looking for specific types of projects - in terms of skills required, breadth, scope, and timeline considerations. Occasionally there are open calls for clients for specific courses. Those opportunities are advertised on this webpage, our main newsfeed on our homepage, and also other media outlets depending on who chooses to pick up the announcement. Only projects submitted during a call for clients are considered.
Resource / Tip for Non-Profits
Non-profits looking for pro-bono web development help may want to check out Lansing Give Camp. They organize one weekend a year when local web developers work on projects to help non-profits. We are not affiliated with this organization, but our faculty and students have volunteered with them before and it is a well-organized, great community service event that non-profits can apply to be a part of. For more information visit the Lansing Give Camp website.
Participate in one of our Career Events
If you are interested in connecting with students, you might want to participate in one of our career events. Our College hosts Speed Networking every Spring. Modeled after speed dating, it is a fast-paced networking event where pre-matched (based on interest) employers and students meet one-on-one. To get a better idea of the event, watch the short video. Sign up to attend Speed Networking.
Offer your Opportunity as an Internship or Job
If you have an internship or job opportunity, we would love to share the opportunity with our current students and alumni. If you have a position you would like us to promote, please submit your position description. You can find more information about internships and jobs below.
Types of Internship/Job Opportunities
We are happy to promote most opportunities to our students and alumni. Opportunities may include internships, part-jobs, and full-time jobs.
Internships can be paid or non-paid. MSU and the TISM department does not currently regulate the legality of non-paid opportunities. It is the responsibility of the employer to understand the laws regarding non-paid work. This article about the Department of Labor regulations (PDF) may help you understand the legality of paid versus non-paid internships.
We are happy to promote all opportunities. Non-paid opportunities can be great learning experiences for students. Employers should understand that the saying, "You get what you pay for," can also be true with employees. Non-paid employees are usually less experienced and typically you are providing hands-on training on the job. There are some fields where non-paid internships are more common than others. For example, non-paid opportunities are more common with video-related work and often rare when it comes to web development (specifically programming).
If you do offer a non-paid internship opportunity, we suggest you encourage your student employee to apply for internship credit. This can add a level of accountability to the position since students interning for credit are required to fulfill the alloted time requirement agreed to at the beginning of the internship and perform at a quality level so that they can receive a passing grade for their internship at the end of the semester.
Earning Course Credit While Interning
In some cases there is also the possibility for current students to earn college credit while interning. Applying to earn internship credit is both the responsibility and the choice of the student and often depends on their academic plan/schedule. Students interested in earning internship credit, can find out more by reading about student information on TISM For Credit Internships. All internship credit is pre-approved by the department before the student can enroll.
If you have a position you would like us to promote, please submit your position description.
If you have questions, please contact us.