Frequently Asked Questions from students
Top Ten Reasons to consider an Internship:
- Acquire hands-on experience applying classroom knowledge on the job
- Verify career and degree choice
- Network with decision makers and business professionals
- Possibility of permanent employment
- Provides opportunity for resume building
- Reduce shock of entering workplace after graduation
- Possibility of more rapid advancement and higher salary than non-intern candidates
- Strengthen graduate school admission application
- Develop interviewing and job search skills
- Receive course credit towards Texas State degree
Students must be a junior or senior and declared as one of the following:
• Communication Studies Major or Minor
• Political Communication Minor
• Health Communication Minor
• Leadership Minor
You must have completed a minimum of 6 hours in 3000- 4000 level Communication courses with a grade of C or better.
If you have not completed the required 6 hours prior to the semester you apply, you can gain provisional approval so long as you meet the requirement prior to the start of the semester you are completing your internship.
To get credit for the internship course (COMM 4390), you will need to apply for the course, be approved to register, locate an internship that is approved for the program, get hired for your internship position, and complete the academic requirements.
COMM 4390 - Communication Internship - is a three hour elective for which you receive a grade (A-F). You will want to talk to your advisor about how it fits into your Degree Plan. Tuition and fees are charged for the internship class just as 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.
You will need to apply to Michael Burns, 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.
All internships will need to be approved by the Internship Director. We will need a job description and additional information about the organization to ensure you receive adequate supervision and structure.
Here are some sources for internship listings:
Other useful sites include:
There are two separate components of the course that make up your grade:
1. Your evaluations from your supervisor at your internship completed at mid term and end of your internship tenure.
2. Written progress reports and a final portfolio of work that are turned in to your instructor in COMM 4390.
All assignments and evaluations add points to your grade, as follows:
900 - 1000 = A 800-899 = B
700- 799 = C 600 - 699 = D
Below 600 is a failing grade.
This course is an upper level elective that equates to 3 credit hours for successful completion.