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Research & Internship

The Communication Studies Department at Furman offers an array of internships and research opportunities certain to fit your interests.


Ever wanted to direct your own film project using the latest equipment and editing software? Create survey and interview methods to find out why people react to social media the way they do? You’ll have the chance to assist our faculty with research. Previous research projects in our department include a look at the use of technology by African market women in Ghana, response to war and violence in social media content, public memory of slavery in the university’s history, and an exploration of the history of television and radio broadcasting in the state of South Carolina.

Dr. John Armstrong Studies the History of Broadcasting in South Carolina

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Research Opportunity Video

Dr. John Armstrong is conducting a long term research project on the history of Radio and Television Broadcasting in South Carolina.  As a component of The Furman Advantage, each summer a student research assistant aids in that research. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful, long term study that will inform their future academic endeavors in all areas. Dr. Armstrong has had three articles published from his research so far and is working on a book. Funding for the research has been provided through The Furman Advantage.



Research Video


Internships are often the gateway to the professional world. At Furman, it’s not unusual for organizations to offer full-time jobs to students who have served as interns. Many Communication Studies students complete a paid or unpaid internship in their area of interest.

Where have Furman students interned? The list is long. You’ll find opportunities with advertising agencies, public relations firms, radio and television stations, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

  • Conan O’Brien Show
  • DFS Creative Concepts
  • Erwin Penland Public Relations
  • Greenville City Government
  • Greenville Community Journal
  • Prisma Health (formerly Greenville Hospital System)
  • Greenville News
  • Michelin North America
  • MTV
  • National Geographic
  • Paris Mountain Marketing
  • Peace Center for Performing Arts
  • Soteria (Prison Rehabilitation Non-Profit)
  • Sustaining Way (Non-Profit)
  • U.S. Congress and Senate
  • WHNS/Fox 21 (Fox Network)
  • WYFF News (NBC Network)

We offer one of the few programs in the country that directly funds student internships, offering competitive fellowships for students who would otherwise receive little or no payment.