The Department of Communication encourages students to participate in an internship during their junior or senior years. Internships benefit students in a number of ways, including:
- Students will get a feel for the ways in which an education in communication is translated into the world of work.
- An internship will advance that education even further.
- Students will be more viable in the job market upon graduation because of their experience.
The Department is committed to developing internship opportunities for all Communication majors whether your major is Media and Public (COMM) or Interpersonal and Group (COMI). Students within the various communications programs have interned at many different types of sites, including broadcast stations, advertising agencies, and social service organizations. We will work with you to find an appropriate site for your internship, although your active pursuit of internship sites will serve you well in developing job-seeking skills.
To begin the internship process, please review the Department of Communication internship guidelines.
- The Department assumes the responsibility of matching site specific needs and the academic preparation of the student.
- Internships should be limited to junior and senior students.
- An intern is expected to devote a range of 9-11 hours per week to the internship experience per three (3) credit hours earned. The total hours (approximately 150) may be configured in any fashion according to the needs of the student and the on-site supervisor.
- The student will keep a journal of the experience. A summary analysis and the journal itself will be submitted to the faculty member overseeing the internship. In most cases this will be the Director of Internships. When the faculty supervisor is not the Director, the summary analysis and journal should be forwarded to the Director after the grade has been assigned.
- Mid-term and final evaluations of the student's performance by the on-site supervisor will be part of the overall evaluative process.
- The student will debrief the experience in a conference with the Director of Internships.
For more information, you can contact Mary Lou Brink and Daniel Reed (fall and spring internships) or Adam Dircksen (summer internships). Or, if you are on campus, you can stop by the office (Neff Hall 230) to pick up an application form.