The department encourages and supports Communication Studies majors in their efforts to acquire internships for vocational skills training that supplement their academic coursework. Although not a requirement for the major, internships are strongly encouraged to provide students with hands-on skills and experience. The department does not place students in internships. Many students participate in internships in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, and other media-related areas.
Internship postings are available through:
- The Career Center
- comm.studies.undergraduate e-mail group
- Weekly Communication Studies announcements
- Comm undergraduate CTools Site
- Communication Studies social media sites
Additionally, during the academic year students interested in broadcasting or journalism seek opportunities for skills experience through work at the student-run television station, WOLV-TV; the student-operated radio station, WCBN; or the student-run newspaper, The Michigan Daily.
Communication Studies majors who have reached junior standing may receive some amount of experiential course credit for an internship through Comm 321: Undergraduate Internship. Note: Students who have completed or are completing all four Communication Studies prerequisite courses (Comm 101, Comm 102, Comm 121, and Comm 122) with a 2.7 prerequisite grade point average or higher and will declare the major following the current term are also eligible to receive credit for internships.
In order to be approved for Comm 321, internships must:
- Involve systematic learning with demonstrated application of experience to the theory, concepts, or research methods of the field
- Be approved in advance (prior to starting the internship) by the Faculty Internship Advisor. Application and proposal deadlines:
- Summer - June 12th
- Fall - September 12th
- Winter - January 12th
- Note: If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the next business day no later than 5:00 p.m.
- Result in a product (e.g., an analytical paper) that is evaluated as acceptable by the Faculty Internship Advisor
- Internship credit cannot be used to satisfy Communication Studies electives in the major plan
- Internship credits may only be used to fulfill general bachelor’s degree requirements
- No more than three credits can be earned in a single academic term, and no more than six credits total can be received through any combination of internships (Comm 321)
- The amount of credit awarded will be based on the number of hours spent in the internship experience and the academic merit of the experience
- No retroactive credit will be granted for internships
- Students who are not declared Communication Studies majors or who have not finished the Communication Studies prerequisite courses with a 2.7 prerequisite grade point average or higher are not eligible to receive credit through Comm 321
For additional information please refer to the Comm 321: Undergraduate Internship Policies and Procedures. Applications for Comm 321 are available in the department office or on the Comm undergraduate CTools Site.
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