Magazine and Brand Media

Magazine and Brand Media

Whether you dream of covering fashion week or traveling the world to report on the issues of the day, you’ll find no better preparation for a career in the magazine industry that at Drake.

A combination of a powerful alumni network, strong relationships with major publishers, and a hands-on education means you can go anywhere and do anything.

Where do you want to work?

Our internship coordinator will help you identify opportunities that can jump-start your career. Magazine powerhouse Dotdash Meredith, with headquarters in Des Moines, offers an apprenticeship program for magazine majors. Students land summer internships in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and beyond. They’ve worked at Texas Monthly, Los Angeles Magazine, Paste, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, New York magazine, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Principal Financial Group, Seventeen, GQ, Good Housekeeping, Vitae Design Collective, Marie Claire, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and Indianapolis Monthly.

Drake alumni have written, edited, designed, and more for Seventeen; People; Glamour; Advertising Age; Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living,;;; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia;;; Allstate Insurance and Target communications departments; the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; SparkReaction; Major League Baseball; AT&T; Sony Music Entertainment, and

The Drake magazine media experience

As a student in the magazine media program you’ll learn to write effective articles that inform and inspire, to act ethically, to identify the needs of an audience, and to deliver reliable information in the format that best serves those needs. In addition to becoming a better writer, you’ll also learn to communicate using video, audio, photography, social media, and mobile apps. These skills combined with practical experiences will allow you to work as a writer, editor or designer for a magazine, in print or on the web. You can be in publication management or marketing; social media strategy or mobile application development; in communications for a corporation, educational institution, or nonprofit.

Bulldogs are regularly recognized for excellence with honors including the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, Society of Professional Journalists regional and national Mark of Excellence awards, national photography awards, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awards including general excellence and best online magazine, and others.

Of course, you’ll benefit from the experiences that all Drake Bulldogs enjoy—mentorship from professors at the top of their field; résumé-worthy internships, research experiences, and other professional preparation; opportunities to learn while serving the community; and January Term experiences that immerse you into the fascinating topics—and locations—you choose.

Learn More

Looking for your admission counselor? Visit the Admission office to find a counselor or schedule a campus visit. For all other questions about the Advertising program at Drake University, please reach out to the contact below.

Magazine and Brand Media Website | School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Jeff Inman
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jennifer Wilson
Associate Professor, Peggy Fisher & Larry Stelter Chair Magazine & Brand Media