Department of Communication Studies Internship Program – COMM 4410/4445

Interested in doing a COMM 4410/4445 Professional Internship?

The first step to registering for Comm 4410/4445 or Jour 4410 is the completion of the Internship Program Online Orientation and Quiz. To self-enroll in the Canvas training course where you’ll access the Orientation and quiz, please go to

At the point an internship offer is accepted, the next step eligible students must complete is emailing the link to the Qualtrics Survey (formerly Form III), to the person who offers the internship. The Internship Employer Packet must be reviewed by the site supervisor prior to completing the Qualtics Survey and is also included in the Survey as a hyperlink.

The third step is to access the new Internship Portal where the internship application will be submitted with your personal information, as well as the information below:

Employer/Organization name, address, city, state, zip, website, job/intern title, Site Supervisor’s name, SS title, SS email, SS phone number, job description, hours per week, rate of pay, start/end dates, goals and objectives for the internship.

Once the Qualtrics Survey and application for an internship has been submitted to the Internship Portal, a permit will be issued and an email sent with the registration instructions. Students will not able to register until a permit has been issued, but there is an indefinite number of seats available, so don’t worry about getting into the course. If approved, a permit will be issued and an email sent with registration instructions.

Information students will receive during the Internship Program Online Orientation includes:

  • Where and how to contact potential internship sponsors
  • The difference between a 49ership and an internship
  • Eligibility requirements to register for an internship (Comm 4410/4445)
  • Assignments for Comm 4410/4445
  • What to do when you get an internship offer
  • Steps to registering for Comm 4410/4445

Internship Math

There are two options for the amount of time students spend on-site during the semester:

  • 3 credit hours = 120 hours on site
  • 6 credit hours = 240 hours on site

Fall/Spring semesters (15 weeks):

  • 8 hours per week = 120 hours
  • –16 hours per week = 240 hours

Summer Sessions I and II (10 weeks):

  • 12 hours per week = 120 hours
  • 24 hours per week = 240 hours

**Summer tuition rates apply to the registration of 4410, just like all other courses where you must

pay for the credit hours you are registered for.

Eligibility requirements for Comm 4410/4445:

  1. Students must complete the online orientation to the internship program.
  2. Students must be of junior or senior standing (60+ hours on your transcript)
  3. The student must be a communication major or minor, or journalism minor.
  4. The student must have a 2.0 or better overall grade point average.
  5. The student must have completed certain track requirements. Students majoring in Communication Studies must have completed only those courses in their track:
  • Mass Media COMM 3120 or COMM 4101
  • Public Advocacy COMM 2102, COMM 2103, or COMM 3130
  • Organizational COMM 3141
  • Public Relations JOUR 2160, COMM 2145 & COMM 3245
  • Journalism JOUR 2160 and JOUR 3160
  • Health COMM 2100 and COMM 3115

6. Students minoring in Communication Studies must have completed 1 of the following 5 courses before being eligible to commence an internship.

  • COMM 3115-Health Communication
  • COMM 3120-Mass Media
  • COMM 3130-Communication & Public Advocacy
  • COMM 3141-Organizational Communication
  • COMM 2145-Principles of PR & COMM 3245 Public Relations Writing

Internship Blog

Read about an mass media major’s reflection of the importance of the internship program.

1st Blog Entry

2nd Blog Entry

3rd Blog Entry

Announcement for Interns:

The deadline to register for Comm 4410 this summer is Monday, May 20 and the deadline to register for Comm 4410 this fall is Wednesday, August 21.