you need to know about COMM399: Communication Internship
Why are internships required
for COMM majors?
After being prepared inside the classroom,
the academic internship (COMM399)
can provide you with real world experience in:
- critical thinking
- diversity education
- analysis of quantitative and qualitative information
- effective oral and written communication of ideas
Additionally, you can expect to:
- gain valuable work experience
- discover career directions
- bring value to your host organization
May I fulfill this requirement
in other ways?
Yes. You may enroll in an approved
domestic or international off-campus program. If you are interested in
this alternative, you should talk with your academic advisor.
What are the requirements to
participate in an internship?
Here is a helpful checklist to confirm
you meet all of the requirements to enroll in COMM399:
an "Internship Workshop" offered each September,
January, and April
a COMM major
achieve at least junior status
complete a minimum of 16 COMM credits
at least a 2.7 GPA in the COMM major
read the COMM399 Student Handbook
What if my major GPA is below
You should meet with your academic
advisor to discuss your options.
What are the steps to apply?
To be approved for an academic internship (COMM399) you must complete
these four steps:
- Confirm you meet all of the requirements listed above.
Application for Admission to Communication Internship Program.
If you email your responses
to yourself, you can keep
the link and check the status of your application.
- Email a PDF of your detailed degree evaluation to the Internship
a recommendation from a Communication Department faculty member by
providing him or her with the link to the Faculty
I've been approved for COMM399,
The next phase is to secure an internship:
approved for the program by the Internship
Director, you secure
an internship in one of two ways:
After your internship is secured and approved, request
an Internship Agreement form. The Internship Director will email
you the form which both you and your site supervisor must complete.
Your site supervisor must confirm that you will be working at least
168 hours during the course of the internship.
Once the Internship Director approves the Internship Agreement
Form, complete the Academic
Internship Registration form and turn it in to the Registrar's Office to
enroll in COMM399.
- secure an internship posted by
Development Center on JobStop
- secure your own internship and have it approved by the Career
Development Center using this Internship Approval Form.
What if I haven't secured an
internship prior to registration?
You should complete the Permission
to Register for an Academic Internship form which allows you to enroll
in COMM099. This will hold a place in your schedule so you are still eligible
for housing assignments and financial aid determinations.
What other resources are available
What other resources
are available to my site supervisor?