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Internship Program

The Department of Communication Academic Internship Program allows communication majors to gain experience and build a professional portfolio while earning academic credit.

“An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.” (www.naceweb.org)

Important considerations:

The internship supervisor must be a professional from whom the student will learn.
The internship supervisor may not be a family member or be employed by a family member.
Students may not work in the private home or home office of an internship supervisor.
Virtual office internships are allowed upon approval of contact structure and work schedule.

The department structures the internship program around two courses:

  • COMM386: “Experiential Learning”
  • COMM288: “Communication Internship”

COMM386 Prerequisites:

  • Communication Major
  • 60+ credits
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Students must have completed two upper-level COMM courses with a grade of C- or higher.

COMM288 is a lower level course without prerequisites.

COMM288 credits will not apply to the communication major.

Students enroll in an academic internship course during the same semester in which they are doing the internship. Please note that if the internship occurs during the summer/winter the student will enroll in the summer/winter academic internship course and will incur tuition costs and fees applicable for courses taken during that term.

Students may earn three to six credits for a COMM386 internship or one to six credits for COMM288. Students choose a credit level based on how many hours they will work at the internship site. The standard formula is a minimum of 45 hours of work per credit (135 for 3 credits, 270 for 6 credits). Three credits of COMM386 may apply toward the communication major. COMM288 credits will not apply toward the communication major. Any additional credits may apply toward graduation requirements in the College of Arts and Humanities. The student should discuss the usefulness of these credits with an ARHU advisor. COMM386 is not repeatable. COMM288 may be repeated up to a total of six earned credits for that course.

Internship Course Resources

Internship Outreach Coordinator

Julie Gowin

Lecturer & Outreach Coordinator, Communication

2101A Skinner Building
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-7323