Summer and Fall Internships

Interested in a Summer or Fall Internship? You should read the Communications Department Internship Policy.

Internship Policy for 2014-2015:

General Requirements:

  1. Students must have completed COM200 & COM201.
  2. Students must have at least Junior academic standing.
  3. Students must be a Communications Major.
  4. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  5. Students may take COM491 once, which counts as a COM option course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Spring/Fall internships:

 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:

  1. Be sure that you meet the requirements (listed above).
  2. Submit a letter from your employer (listed above).
  3. Print the internship application form. Submit the letter and form to the internship coordinator.
  4. After your materials are processed you will be able to enroll in the internship class.

Summer internships:

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.



WWW: Word, Worship, and Web

As part of its series of programs to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), The Department of Theology and Religious Studies presents a panel discussion of the first two documents the Council issued: the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the Decree on the Media of Social Communication. Both were monumental documents, bringing English and popular music styles into the liturgy, while the other affirmed the right to speech and to information. Together these documents shifted Catholic understanding of communication be it through art, music, ritual, or technology in a way that still challenges people today.

Come to the Science Center, Room 300 on Thursday, February 27, at 11:00 am to hear the panel 

Check out the flyer for more information: Liturgy and Media panel flyer

Panel Includes:

Dr. James Caccamo, Associate Professor of Theology, specializing in Catholic social thought and the ethics of media and technology

Fr. Thomas Daily, the John Cardinal Foley Chair in Homiletics and Social Communication from St. Charles Seminary.

Dr. Gerard M. Jacobitz, Assistant Professor of Theology, specializing in sacramental theology, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and music and liturgy.

Survey for Fall Semester 2014

Communication Majors and Minors, instead of us planning the schedule for next semester and hoping to offer the courses you want, we thought we would do things a bit different. Before registration we thought we could ask you what courses you want us to offer. So take the survey below and help us to plan the courses you need.

Note: There are separate surveys for Majors and Minors.

These surveys need to be completed by Sunday, February 23rd or your needs might not be met.


Looking for an ILC?

If you registered for classes, but still need an ILC. Professor Ewald in Linguistics has indicated there is room in LIN. See below:

LIN 101 Section D02:  Thursdays, 5:30-8:10
LIN 201 Section D01:  Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15

You can also take

THE 372 D01 Technology Ethics

And this semester there are also two POL Classes that will count as ILCs:

POL 115 Intro to International Politics

POL 113 Intro to Comparative Politics

NBC10 social media editor Sarah Glover on campus Nov. 14

Sarah Glover, the social media editor for NBC Philadelphia and an award-winning photographer and videographer, will be on campus to talk with Communication Studies students during free period (11 a.m. to Noon) on Nov. 14 in Merion 174.


Here is Sarah’s bio from her LinkedIn page:

“Sarah’s broadened her passion for news, multimedia and visual journalism. She’s a social media junkie and uses technology and social media to tell stories as NBC10’s social media editor.

Over the course of her career, Sarah has created engaging visual narratives. She led the Philadelphia Daily News video team for the “Tainted Justice” series, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism. Sarah has an aptitude for visual journalism, sound news judgment and empathy for her subjects. She’s a trained still photographer who started shooting video stories for the web in 2007. Her professional outlook is that every day is an opportunity to learn and apply something new.

Sarah served as president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (2009-2012) and is a former three-term board member of the National Association of Black Journalists (2001-2007).”

Follow her on Twitter at @skyphoto.

Sarah’s talk will replace the audio/podcasting lab scheduled for that time and counts as one of the four required labs.

Spring and Summer Internship FAQ

So You Wanna Take an Internship . . .

I am thinking of taking an internship next semester what should I do? First you should start applying to internships. But second, you should do the COM Paperwork for the Internship and submit it. Finally you should register for COM 491 which is the internship class.

What if I am planning on doing an internship in the summer? If you will be doing an internship in the summer you should still fill out the form as best as possible, with what you think your internship will be. And then you should enroll in COM 491 the internship class.

Wait what there is an internship class? Yes all students who are taking a COM internship need to be enrolled in this class which meets once a week.

But what if I have something else I want to take at that class time? Do I have to take the internship class? Yes, you have to take the class. See above.

Okay but what if the class fills? We think we have enough room for students at the current cap, but if we need to we will find room for all students who have a spring internship.

Are there pre-reqs for the internship? Yes. You need to have completed both COM 200 and 201, and be a junior or senior.

What if I have already done an internship, can I still take this class? Yes. If you want to take an internship for COM credit you have to take this class.

Do I need to take this class for each internship I do? Yes.

So I can’t take an internship as a sophomore? No. Internships are limited to students with advanced standing who have completed the core requirement for the major/minor.

Lab Schedule


Below is the updated lab schedule for the rest of the semester. We tried to make a schedule that reflects the interests you all expressed to us, and to spread out topics on different times and dates so that you should be able to attend the ones that will be most meaningful to you. Keep in mind that you should attend four of these over the course of the semester. There will also be open lab during the remainder of the semester should you want to get individual help with your blog project.

The topics are:

  • Basic Photoshop
  • Making Presentations
  • Making Images, logos, .gifs and visuals
  • Hacking Your Browser and Automating Everything
  • Using Evernote for Research
  • Basic Video Editing
  • Introduction to Creative Cloud
  • Audio: Recording, Editing, Podcasting

Lab Schedule

Week One

Oct 28th, Monday

  • 2:30 Erika: Photoshop
  • 3:35 Erika: Photoshop

Oct 29th, Tuesday

  • 3:30 Mike: Audio: Recording, Editing, Podcasting

Oct 31st, Thursday

  • 5:00 ATDL: Making Better Presentations

Week Two

Nov 4th, Monday

  • 4:40 Erika: Photoshop

Nov 5th, Tuesday

  • 11:00 Aimee: Making Images, logos, .gifs, and Visuals
  • 3:30 Dave: Hacking Your Browser, Automating Everything

Nov 6th, Wednesday

  • 5:30 ATDL: Making Better Presenatations

Nov 7th, Thursday

  • 5:30 Dave: Hacking Your Browser, Automating Everything

Nov 8th, Friday

  • 11:00 Tim: Evernote for Easier Research

Week Three

Nov 11th, Monday

  • 3:35 Aimee: Making Images, logos, .gifs, and Visuals
  • 4:40 Erika: Basic Video Editing
  • 6:00 Dave: Hacking Your Browser, Automating Everything

Nov 12th, Tuesday

  • 3:30 Erika: Basic Video Editing
  • 5:00 Mike: Audio: Recording, Editing, Podcasting

Nov 13th, Wednesday

  • 5:30 ATDL: Making Better Presenatations

Nov 14th, Thursday

  • 11:00 Mike: Audio: Recording, Editing, Podcasting
  • 3:30 Erika: Basic Video Editing

Week Four

Nov 18th, Monday

  • 4:40 Aimee: Making Images, logos, .gifs, and Visuals

Nov 19th, Tuesday

  • 5:00 Tim: Evernote for Easier Research

Nov 20th, Wednesday

  • 5:30 ATDL: Creative Cloud Basics

Nov 21st, Thursday

  • 11:00 ATDL: Creative Cloud Basics
  • 3:30 Tim: Evernote for Easier Research

Week Five

Nov 25th, Monday

  • 3:30 Erika: Basic Video Editing
  • 4:40 Erika: Basic Video Editing

Dec 4th, Wednesday

  • 5:30 ATDL: Creative Cloud Basics

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