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Careers & Internship Guielines for Communication & Media Studies Majors


 

A major in Communication and Media Studies provides a rigorous degree that prepares students for graduate professional programs in business and public administration, public relations, journalism, as well as for academic graduate programs in fields such as communication studies, media studies, American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs. As a terminal degree, the major prepares highly desirable and competent professional consultants, business and government communications specialists, freelance or writers for journals, magazines, or other media outlets.

Internship Guidelines

What qualifications do you need to pursue an internship toward the major requirement?

  1. Must have declared a major
  2. Must have junior standing (having completed 60 credit hours at time of application)
  3. Have completed at least 3 COMM major courses, and at least one of them must be at 300-level or above
  4. Must have a GPA of at least 2.0
  5. Must be in good academic standing

How do you find a suitable internship?

  1. Visit Career Services to use their resources and help from the Internship Coordinator, Taliana Pasi.
  2. Go to YCareer to search established internships on-line.
  3. Look through some possibilities and their websites that are specifically geared toward COMM students’ skills and aptitude.
  4. Explore family or personal connections for positions that suit individual students’ interest and career aspiration. 
  5. Discuss potential internship opportunities that you have in mind first with COMM Department Internship Coordinator, Professor Brent Yergensen, before you begin the paperwork to get pre-approval.

How do you draft a proposal: (It should be a 1.5-2 page essay)

  1. Explain why you want to take on the internship.
  2. Give the exact beginning and end dates of the internship and how many hours you will work a day, how many days a week, etc.
  3. Describe what exactly you will do at the job (detailed tasks, routines, skills needed, etc.)—clerical, office work, grounds keeper, sales, or jobs that do not really match your major do not count toward major internship credit hours (such as Disney’s college internship program, which does not need a COMM degree to complete). You may still do the internship, but will not receive COMM 399R credits.
  4. Justify how you will incorporate your Communication study into the internship
  5. Relate how it will help you land a job or boost your marketability after you graduate. 
  6. Attach an official letter of offer from the company or a confirmation email from the company or a supervisor of the unit in the company with job details (verification of #3 from the employer)
  7. Draft learning outcomes of your internship experience and turn it in with the offer letter for the department to approve.

How do you receive academic credits (min. two credits & max 3 credits per semester):  (60 work hours= 1 credit hour; to count toward Communication major credits (3)  you need to work min. 180 hours)

Before the internship: (The following steps must be completed BEFORE you embark on the internship as no credits will be granted retoractively for internships that were not pre-approved.)

  1. Meet all university and department internship reqirements.
  2. Obtain approval from the department's internship coordinator.
  3. Complete all necessary paperwork online for approval and to register for COMM 399R.

After the internship:

  1. Submit an evaluation form by your employer about your performance. (see Career Services for instruction)
  2. Submit a self-evaluation form on-line.
  3. Write a 5-6 page reflection paper explaining how this internship experience benefited from what you learned (what theories went into actual practice during the internship, what observations you had on the job illustrate the materials or theories, for example?). Also explain how the internship helped you decide what your career path might be, and any other benefits you gain from this experience. This is a critical reflection paper, not a description only of what the job tasks were. This paper is due within one month of your return from the internship to receive a passing grade.

What are the internship deadline dates?

Summer/Spring Semester internships - March 31
Fall Semester internships - August 15th
Winter Semester internships - November 30th