Requirements and Eligibility: The Details

All communication majors are encouraged to complete at least one internship, and many of our students have multiple internships. Internships may be completed during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students may choose to earn academic credit for their internship or select a non-credit internship.

Internships for Academic Credit

To receive academic credit for an internship, students must meet these criteria:

  • Have completed the sophomore year
  • Have a 2.75 GPA overall
  • Submit an application to Lynne A. Texter, Ph.D., Department Chair, and receive approval for the internship. Internships should be related to the student’s major/track and supervised by a professional.
  • Register for and successfully complete the internship course (COM 461, 462, 463, or 464) during the semester of the internship (including the summer)
  • Work at least 150 hours over the course of the semester (about 15 hours/week) at the internship site

Most interns receive three credits for the internship, although a six-credit option is available. The first internship may be used as a communication elective. Additional internships may be used as University electives.

Non-Credit Internships

Non-credit internships provide more flexibility for students who do not want to earn credit or do not meet the above criteria, including freshmen and sophomores. No pre-approval is necessary for non-credit internships, although students are encouraged to discuss their plans with their faculty adviser.

Students may receive a stipend or salary for their work (if offered by their organization), regardless of whether the internship qualifies for academic credit.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.