Internship programs permit advertising, journalism, organizational communication, public relations, and telecommunication majors to work in a professional capacity with newspapers, radio and television stations, advertising and public relations agencies, and also with industrial concerns. Students gain field experience at the same time as, and as a part of their academic training.
The Communication Internship is an opportunity for students to move from the study of liberal arts to their application as practical arts, specifically by improving students' essential skills in interpersonal communication, leadership, team participation and time management, through a cooperative learning environment, while recognizing and evaluating ethical dilemmas and the concept of vocation by observing professionals.
To be eligible for an internship, the applicant must have:
A student must complete the registration process to be enrolled in an internship. Description of the process and required forms is available on the Seaver Dean Internships pages.
In addition to hours worked, a student must meet each of these criteria in order to obtain an internship for credit. Students:
Students may take up to four units of internship credit, and may spread the units across two or more terms. One unit equals 45 contact hours of work during the semester. Work hours should neither be sporadic over a term, nor intensive over a few days. Ideally, for every one unit, the student should work at least three hours for at least 15 weeks (or at least eight hours per week in a full summer block). Retroactive or advance "credit" is not granted for hours worked outside a term's timeframe.
Students must submit the required forms to the Communication Division before the second week of classes in Fall and Spring and by the first day of class during Summer Sessions I, II and III (depending on which session you want to enroll in).
There is a mandatory internship class for the Fall and Spring semesters. All students who are enrolled in an internship must attend the class. The date for the first internship class is listed in the class schedule. All of those who are enrolled in an internship will also receive an e-mail from the Internship Coordinator regarding the class.