Who may sign up for an internship?
A. The internship is defined as an "advanced-level work
experience," so internship credit generally is limited to those
who have completed at least 70 credit hours. All students are encouraged
to gain as much experience in the communications field as possible
regardless of whether they seek academic credit for the work. You
may check with the internship director about whether to seek academic
Q. Is there a GPA requirement?
A. Yes, students must meet the university minimum of a 2.0
GPA and have approval from the internship director. The School of
Communications recommends that students have a quality GPA, prior
experience with student media or other appropriate outlets and a
strong interest in the field of study.
Q. How many hours should I work?
School of Communications allows students to choose academic credit
from 1to 4 hours. Students should complete at least 80 hours of
work, in addition to the academic workload, for each academic hour
of credit. Thus, 4 hours of academic credit requires a minimum of
320 hours of work at the internship site. An internship of 1 credit
hour would require 80 hours of work experience. We strongly encourage
students to gain as much work experience as possible at the site.
Students can alternatively register with the internship director
for a "professional work experience." This is offered
at 0 credit hours, and it is the equivalent of a typical internship,
but it is a way for students who would have a hardship paying for
summer credits to earn the required internship in Elon's School
of Communications. The professional work experience is documented
by the university in a fashion similar to a regular, for-credit
Q. Is credit given for past work experience?
A. No, the internship is an academic experience that includes
written papers, reflection, analysis and grading - all completed
simultaneously with the work experience.
Q. Is an internship required?
A. Yes. We believe experiential learning is valuable in whatever
way the learning occurs, and internships are required in the School
of Communications. Our students are encouraged to find multiple
communications work experiences while at Elon. In addition to experiencing
an internship at Elon University, our students often work many hours
in student media or may work with professional media or corporate
communications organizations without academic credit for the experiences.
For example, students may write articles for local newspapers on
a free-lance ("stringer") basis, and a number of students
work part-time jobs at area television stations. All of these are
valuable real-world experiences in communications.
Q. Am I required to sign up for credit if I work in the communications
university does not require that you receive credit. However, employers
often require that anyone working in an internship position must
be registered for university credit because of labor rules and/or
guidelines governing their company practices.
Q. May a student receive academic credit if an internship
A. Yes. In fact, we tell companies that a paid internship
often attracts better applicants. Some pay interns; some don't.
Our main focus, of course, is on the academic elements of the internship
such as the written papers.
Q. How do I register for an internship?
should do thorough research, seeking out the type of organization
you would like to work for in the region of the country in which
you prefer to live during the time of your intern work. Research
the organization, check out its internship requirements and deadlines
and apply for a position. You must prepare a resume, recommendations
and work examples before approaching the prospective employer. This
all takes a great deal of time and energy, so you must work ahead!
Once you have located a workplace at which you have been accepted
for an internship, you must complete an internship agreement form
for the school's internship director and gain all appropriate signatures.
The form is available as a PDF to the right. With the completed
and signed agreement, you may register for JCM 381, Communications
Internship, through the normal university registration process.