Interested in a Summer or Fall Internship? You should read the Communications Department Internship Policy.
Internship Policy for 2014-2015:
- Students must have completed COM200 & COM201.
- Students must have at least Junior academic standing.
- Students must be a Communications Major.
- Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
- Students may take COM491 once, which counts as a COM option course.
- A second internship may be taken under COM49X, which counts as a general elective, but which does not count toward the core COM graduation requirements. Students taking a second internship still must attend the Internship class.
- Internships must involve at least 150 hours of work (across the semester) and must be related to the larger fields of Communications or Digital Media.
- All internships requires two letters from your employer. The first letter should be submitted with the application (at the time of course registration) and should include the following:
* Title of the internship position
* Description of the position
* Typical daily or weekly duties
* Weekly & Total hours of work
* Outcomes for the internship: What will the intern learn?
* Name & contact info for the supervisor
* Compensation: Is a stipend offered? Is there reimbursement for travel or meals?
The second letter should be submitted at the completion of the internship and should evaluate the student’s performance and professional gains.
All credit-bearing internships must be registered through COM491. This is a once-weekly 50 minute course that focuses on discussion, guest speakers, and pronominalization activities. To apply for COM491, you should:
- Be sure that you meet the requirements (listed above).
- Submit a letter from your employer (listed above).
- Print the internship application form. Submit the letter and form to the internship coordinator.
- After your materials are processed you will be able to enroll in the internship class.
Summer internships are available via COM49X, a 1 credit course. We offer this course only as a way to offer academic credit for outstanding internship opportunities that require academic credit. This will not help your progress toward graduation; it is simply a means of meeting employer requirements. We encourage most students to search for paid summer internships or, if unpaid, to simply pursue non-credit bearing summer internships. That said, we understand some employers require academic credit, and we want to support students who choose that path. If you are considering a summer internship that requires credit, talk to your advisor about enrolling in the single credit COM49X. You will not be required to do any academic work during the internship; however, at the completion of the internship, you will need to submit a letter of evaluation from your supervisor and a 1500 word reflection essay describing your work and experiences.