The Department of Communication's domestic internship program gives students the opportunity to acquire practical work experience in their field of study. Students have worked throughout the United States as interns in television and radio stations, advertising agencies, public relations firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and newspapers. In addition, the department offers several international internship opportunities.
Students may earn from 3 to 12 internship credit hours, at a rate of 40 work hours per credit hour. COM 3900 Communication Internship counts toward the application courses requirement in the communication studies major, and the professional development courses requirement in the public relations major. Other communication majors may take COM 3900 Communication Internship to meet their electives requirement.
Internships undergo an approval process. Host sites must agree to:
- provide and official internship description of expected job duties,
- communicate intern progress with the departmental supervisor, and
- submit a final evaluation of the intern's efforts.
In order to qualify for the Department of Communication's internship program, a student must meet the following conditions:
- must be a Department of Communication major;
- be a junior (at least 60 credit hours) or a rising junior (more than 45 credit hours);
- have a 3.0 grade point average in major courses;
- find an internship that meets departmental approval (i.e., must be a communication internship related to the major, the internship should be performed under adequate supervision); and
- seek approval of the opportunity from the Internship Coordinator.
Dr. Heather Paige Preston
Department of Communication
Students interested in setting up a domestic internship are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Preston to discuss possibilities and responsibilities.
The student is responsible for finding an organization with which to do the internship and for preparing a description of internship responsibilities.