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by: CAS Staff on Tuesday May 01, 2012
The Department of Communication encourages majors to complete an internship in a professional field. There are over 600 organizations on file, offering experience in public relations, mass media, politics & government, management & personnel administration, advertising, sales, and marketing.
Communication majors report their internship experience is invaluable in teaching skills not learned in the regular classroom situation. A successful internship is perhaps the most important single factor in obtaining jobs and interviews. An internship provides on-the-job experience, help with career education, networking, and preparing for "real life." Furthermore, many interns even obtain positions with the organizations that sponsored them.
- You must be a Communication major.
- You must have earned 56 credits by the time your internship will begin.
- You must have already completed COM 200, 225, 240, and 275 plus one other COM course at the time of application
- You must have BOTH an overall g.p.a. of 2.5 and a minimum COM g.p.a. of 3.0.
Things to know:
- You may not intern in a family company or with an organization where either of your parents works.
- Internship credits will be given only during the semester in which you are interning; credit will not be given for previously completed intern experiences.
- Internship credits will not be given for internships or jobs where you have already worked before.
- Internships are counted as independent study credit. The maximum number of communication internship credits that you can earn toward your degree is 7. This can be split over two semesters or used all at one time. You must consult with your academic advisor to make sure your internship is consistent with your academic and graduation plans.
- Internships are graded pass/fail but coursework is expected to be at a 3.0 level to pass. The course is administered on ANGEL and the assignments consist of 2 papers, 2 evaluations of the placement, and 2 evaluations of you by your internship supervisor.
- For every one credit you enroll in, you must work 3 hours per week, for example: 4 credits = 12 hours/week, 7 credits = 21 hours/week, 2 credits = 6 hours/week.
If you are interested:
- Email Jennifer Rumler, Internship Coordinator for the Department of Communication, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name and student number ans she will look at your academic record to determine your eligibility.
- If you are eligible, she will email you pertinent documents to get you started, including Internship Frequently Asked Questions, Interviewing Tips, and the 3 required forms: 1) The Application, 2) The Agreement of Requirements and Responsibilities, and 3) The Internship Training Agreement Form, which becomes the contract between you, the internship placement, and the Internship Coordinator's office. Failure to comply with the terms of the agreement can result in a grade of "No Pass".