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COMM 4390 Information

Overview of the Internship Experience and COMM 4390:

This course is an online course designed to be a blend of work experience and the application of the skills, concepts, and theories you have learned in your courses and research. This is a 4000-level course, so senior level work is expected. All internships must be communication focused and will be vetted and approved by Dr. Burns before enrolling in COMM 4390.


An internship consists of supervised on-the-job work by a student. Internship work may be part time or full time, paid or unpaid, and must occur during the academic year. Internship work must allow students to perform professional tasks with a definite communication focus and opportunities for direct application of classroom knowledge and skills. Internships focus on learning about a specific field and industry.


The primary goals of student internships include:

  • Acquiring first-hand knowledge about the field of work.
  • Exploring new professional activities and relationships.
  • Applying classroom knowledge and skills to the work environment.
  • Experiencing problems and contributing to solutions in the field. Learning by doing.


What are the requirements during your internship if you are enrolled in COMM 4390?

  • Complete a minimum of 150 hours at work on your internship
  • Working with your employer to identify learning and experiential goals
  • Attendance at scheduled meetings/consultations throughout the semester
  • A formal evaluation by your supervisor
  • Written Progress Reports and a Final Portfolio highlighting your work and research related to your internship
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  • Top Ten Reasons to consider an Internship:

    1.  Acquire hands-on experience applying classroom knowledge on the job
    2. Verify career and degree choice
    3. Network with decision makers and business professionals
    4. Possibility of permanent employment
    5. Provides opportunity for resume building
    6. Reduce shock of entering workplace after graduation
    7. Possibility of more rapid advancement and higher salary than non-intern candidates
    8. Strengthen graduate school admission application
    9. Develop interviewing and job search skills
    10. 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 secure a communication Internship, apply for the course, be approved to register for the course, and complete the academic requirements over the academic term.

    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 -ace 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 secure a communication Internship and complete and complete the online application for the course. The link to the application is here. Dr. Burns will review your application and notify you whether you have been approved for teh course or not.

    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.

    Check out the Finding an Internship page for helpful advice on how to research for and secure an Internship.

  • There are two separate components of the course that make up your grade:

    1. Your evaluation from your supervisor at your internship. An evaluation form will be sent to them at the end of the academic term.

    2. Written progress reports and a final portfolio of work that are turned in to your instructor in COMM 4390.

    This course is an upper level elective that equates to 3 credit hours for successful completion.