S. Larson - Associate Professor
Office Phone: 243-4161
Internship Description and Objectives
An internship is a cooperative education effort between you, an employer
or organization, and your academic department. The program provides an
opportunity to integrate academic study with applied experience. Internships
provide valuable career experience and help to build your resume.
You may enroll in COMM 398 for up to 3 credits per semester (or up to
3 credits for the combination of first and second summer session) with
a Pass/No Pass grading option. (Note: You can only take a maximum of 6
credits of internship and a maximum of 9 credits combining internship
and independent study)
Types of COMM internships
Internships can take place in a wide variety of sites: business, governmental,
educational, or nonprofit organizations. The nature of each internship
varies depending on the needs of the organization and the needs of the
intern. Some internships involve doing regular kinds of work functions
for an organization while others focus on completing a particular project.
The nature of your internship is something that you should discuss with
the faculty advisor.
To complete the internship for credit, you are required to write four
reports for the Communication Studies department as well as complete several
evaluations for Internship Services. Each report will contain three parts:
an update on your activities, a link to concepts from communication studies
and a career development component. Please use the web site to explore
the assignments in more detail and see a schedule for when assignments
To receive Internship credit from the COMM department you must:
1. Have completed at least 30 university credits.
2. Be a COMM major (not a minor or Pre-COMM).
3. Use your internship credits as elective COMM credits.
4. Have a supervisor evaluate your work and fill out midterm and final
evaluations. These are required by the Center for Work-Based Learning.
Enrolling in Internship
1. Complete the Learning Agreement from the Internship
Services office in the Lommasson Center (i.e., the Lommasson Center, room 154).
2. In coordination with your supervisor at your internship site, prepare
a one-paragraph proposal for your internship (describe what you plan to
do). Submit that proposal to Greg Larson at the same time you bring the
Learning Agreement for a signature.
3. Get an override slip for COMM 398 and bring it to Greg Larson for a
signature (Should be done at the same time as the Learning Agreement and
the Proposal paragraph).
3. You must get approval for the site of your internship from Prof. Larson
by the end of the second week of the semester.
4. Students with disabilities: All internship sites must comply fully
with all federal and State anti-discriminatory laws. You have the right
to request assistance and/or accommodations necessary to make your internship
a satisfactory experience. If your internship site is unable or unwilling
to make necessary accommodations to your disability, contact the course
coordinator and the Internship Services office immediately.
Turning In Work: See Schedule
for Due dates
Submit your work electronically via e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word
preferred). In the "subject" section of the e-mail please write:
"Internship and the name of the assignment" (For example: Internship
Interpersonal Communication). Please also make sure your name is in the
e-mail message as well as included on any documents you attach. Submit
work to: firstname.lastname@example.org