An internship is a requirement for all students in the School of Communications. Recent developments have called into question whether students will be able to complete a traditional on-site internship. In an effort to assist students in meeting this academic requirement, the school is maximizing opportunities for students to earn internship credit across a range of potential barriers. The school has provided the following options for students who have difficulty finding on-site internships or who are not comfortable working in an on-site environment during this period.

For more information, visit the school’s internship website.

Summer 2021

All students must receive approval of the school’s internship director. Typically, students complete coursework in COM 110 and COM 210/220 prior to taking an internship.

COM 381, 1-2 credit hours

  • Traditional on-site internship (most preferred): Students may complete a traditional on-site internship if an employer is willing to allow a student to work onsite and follows COVID protocols. The requirements of a traditional internship are defined in the course syllabus.
  • Virtual internship: Students may complete a virtual internship if an employer is willing to accommodate an off-site experience. See course requirements in course syllabus.
  • On-campus internship: Students may complete an on-campus internship experience with an administrative or academic unit that is related to their field of study. The student must apply and receive approval from the unit for this experience. The requirements of an on-campus internship would be the same as a traditional off-campus internship as defined in the course syllabus.

Juniors and seniors only

499 (in JOU, STC, CTA, CDE or MEA), 1-2 credit hours

  • Independent Research/Project: Students may substitute an independent applied research or creative project supervised by a faculty member. Consistent with university requirements, the expectations for a research/creative project will be determined and graded by the selected faculty member, and with approval of the student’s academic advisor, and department chair or program director. Only special topic research or creative projects that are pre-approved for this purpose will substitute for the internship requirement.


Sport Management Majors

Sport Management majors should contact their respective faculty advisers regarding their internship requirements.