Top Ten Reasons to consider an Internship:
Internships provide valuable experience. You can complete an internship for experiential credit or course credit. Experiential credit means you complete your internship under the terms you agree to with an organization. Course credit means you meet the academic and work requirements to receive credit for completing an upper level communication course.
The internship course (COMM 4390) requires that you apply for the course, be approved to register, locate an internship, get hired for your internship position, and complete the academic requirements.
COMM 4390 - Communication Internship - is a three hour elective. You will want to talk to your advisor about how it fits into your Degree Plan. Tuition and gees are charged for the internship class just as it is for all other online courses.
This is an online course. You are required to attend a face to face orientation meeting with an option for a face to face midterm meeting. All assignments and course activities are online.
You are required to work a minimum of 150 hours over the semester at your internship. It is recommended that interns enroll in only 3 additional courses (9 hours) during a fall or spring internship or 1 additional course each session during a summer internship.
Grades for the course are based on both your work activities, evaluations from your supervisor and your academic assignments.
You will need to apply to Sue Stewart, Internship Director to be approved to register for COMM 4390. The link to the application is here.
Once your application has been received, you will receive a response via Email within 5 - 10 days.
Here are some sources for internship listings:
our Internship postings page
Mass Communications Internship site
Department of Marketing internship site
Other useful sites include
Another approach is to look on the website of an organization you are interested in working with to see if they have internships posted.
You are responsible for locating and being approved for your internship. You will submit your resume or application to the companies you are interested in just like you would if you are applying for a job.
All internships must be approved by the Internship Director to ensure they meet the course requirements. If you are considering a specific position, you may want to Email the director for feedback.
There are two separate components of the course:
1. Your evaluations from your supervisor at your internship that are completed at the mid term and end of your internship tenure.
2. Written progress reports and a final portfolio of work are turned in to your instructor in COMM 4390.