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:
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 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.