Frequently Asked Questions
Why are internships so important?
An internship can be the gateway to getting a job. Think about this: If a company must choose between a bright student with no experience and one with experience … well, you know who gets the job. With more and more students adding internships to their resumes, you need to keep up.
What are the requirements to enroll in the internship course?
Prospective interns must have junior or senior status, a 2.75 GPA, and the ability to commit to working 12 to 15 hours per week.
Are there exceptions to these requirement rules?
Students with a 2.6 may appeal to the Internship Coordinator, who will review the applicant’s case, especially the GPA for the last two semesters, GPA in communication courses, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.
When should I do an internship?
You can do an internship as one of your courses during the fall or spring term; you can also do a summer internship. The Internship Coordinator can help you plan your internships sometime during your junior or senior year (or both).
How soon should I start looking for an internship?
You should start your internship search at least three to five months before you want to do one. Generally speaking, the bigger and “hotter” the internship site (e.g., major media networks, professional sports teams), the earlier you should start. Students wanting a summer internship at MTV, for instance, should have their applications in by January.
How do I enroll in the internship course?
Each semester at registration time, there is a mandatory meeting for prospective interns to fill out applications. If your application is approved, you are enrolled in the internship course: COM 461 (first internship), 462 (second internship), or 463 (third internship).
How many credits can a student earn through internships?
You can earn nine or more credits through the internship program and can also earn six credits through the co-op program.
What if I do not qualify for the internship program?
Some companies offer internship opportunities that do not require enrollment in an academic course. By all means, find them, contact them, and do a non-credit internship!
Do internships pay?
Most internships do not pay. Some do, and others might give a stipend to cover transportation costs. Generally, the internship is a trade-off of your work for the experience you get with the company. You get the chance to apply your learning in the marketplace and to see if you are heading for the right job.
How will I be graded?
The grade for the internship is determined primarily by the quality of your performance at the internship site. You will also undertake an internship project, perhaps a model PR plan or a demo tape or articles written for the company, station, or newspaper.
Where can I find internship sites?
La Salle has a wealth of resources available to help students find internship sites. These include:
- Internship Coordinator. The Communication Department’s Internship Coordinator has information about many of the most popular internships our students pursue. Students are encouraged to meet with the coordinator. In addition, the Internship Coordinator regularly sends e-mails announcing new internship opportunities. Contact us to get in touch.
- Internship postings and announcements. Hard copies of internship announcements are maintained in a binder in the Communication Department office. Recent internship openings are posted on the Internship Bulletin Board outside the office.
- La Salle’s Office of Career and Employment Services.
What else can I do to find an internship?
- Network. Talk to students at La Salle and at other schools who are interning. Let your relatives, friends, and neighbors know that you are looking for an internship.
- Go to career events hosted by the Communication Department and on campus.
- Check out professional organizations centered on your career interests, such as: