The internship in the Department of Communication Studies is intended to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a business, public agency, or educational institution. The goal of the Internship is to connect the work experience with knowledge gained in the classroom by reflecting on the relationship between the two. As a result of practicing communication in a real setting and reflecting on that experience with other interns, students will learn how to better integrate their experiences in the workplace with their experience in the classroom. The internship program is one way to complete the experiential education requirement for the Department and the College of Arts, Media and Design.
The general procedure followed in this course is for interns to work a small number of hours at a work-site (usually between 10 and 15 a week) and then meet with the instructor to engage in reflections on issues that arise in the communication industry. The issues discussed may range from ethical to technological. The capstone assignment in the course requires students to write a paper reflecting on what they have learned at the work-site and how they have integrated that learning into the communication curriculum.