How can I find an internships?
Do I have to enroll in COMM 4486-Internship if I already have an internship?
In order to receive course credit for your internship, you must be enrolled in COMM 4486. All internship sites must be approved by the internship coordinator in order to be considered for course credit. To request that your internship become an approved site, click here.
I have not completed the prerequisite courses for COM 4486-Internship, but I have been offered an internship. Should I do the internship for no credit?
If you have been offered a paid internship, you are encouraged to explore college credit opportunities with Career Services. However, it is important to note that such credit will not count toward mass communications degree requirements.
Because you have not completed fundamental courses in the discipline, be sure that your employer is willing to provide training. If you have been offered an unpaid internship, be sure that your employer is in compliance with all state and federal labor laws as it relates to unpaid internships.
If have already completed my internship, can I still enroll in COMM 4486-Internship to receive academic credit?
No. It is challenging to retroactively track and assess performance.
How will I be graded in COMM 4486-Internship?
The internship course is designed to track and assess your performance. While the majority of your time will be spent on the internship site, you may be required to complete additional class assignments that will help you to reflect on your internship experience.
Your performance will be graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) based on a combination of your Supervisor Internship Evaluation and performance on class assignments.
To earn a Satisfactory, you will be required to achieve a minimum of 3.0/5.0 average on your Supervisor Internship Evaluation, and a minimum of 70 on class assignments. Click here to preview the Supervisor Internship Evaluation.
Note that S & U indicates that credit has been given for completion of a degree requirement and does not count toward or against your GPA (see Undergraduate Catalog).
I would like to intern with an organization that is not an approved site. What do I do?
To get your internship site approved, your employer will need to submit the Internship Site Approval Form. You may provide them with the following link or suggest that they visit this page.
I'm in the process of applying for an internship, but I am not sure if I'll get it. Should I register for COMM 4486-Internship?
Yes. You may enroll in COMM 4486 prior to securing an internship. However, you must secure an internship from the approved list of internship site by the first day of class. If your internship site is not on this list, you may request a review for it to become an approved site.
My employee is asking for proof that I will receive course credit for working with them. What my I give them?
I will keep my internship for more than one semester. May I register again?
Yes. However, only three credit hours of COMM 4486-Internship may count toward your degree requirements. This may be an option if your internship spans more than one semester, or if you wish to document each your internship on your transcript.
Will I be permitted to enroll in COMM 4486-Internship if my internship dates do not align with the semester?
Yes, as long as at least 50% of your internship hours are completed within the start and end dates of a given semester. However, you must enroll by the semester’s drop/add deadline.
What if I am not satisfied with the assigned work at my internship site?
If you have concerns about your assigned duties or other issues at your internship site, please contact your internship coordinator.