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An internship is one of the best possible ways to prepare for a career. Many of our graduates have said that their internships were one of the most valuable learning experiences during their time at Cornell. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

There are a variety of internships available. However, not all internships provide equal experience or benefits. Those on campus, for example, are more convenient but not generally as rewarding as working during the summer for a larger organization in other metropolitan areas. Your internship experience should be under the mentorship of a communication professional.

Students are responsible for arranging their own internship. The Career Development Office in 140 Roberts Hall is a great place to get your resume in order and plan your internship search. To view internship postings forwarded to the Department of Communication visit the CornellUComm Facebook page.

For assistance with financing a summer internship, check out our Undergraduate Summer Grant program
 

Enrollment Process for the Communication Internship (COMM 4960)

Students must enroll in COMM 4960 during the semester that they complete the internship.  Students approved for summer internships must enroll in COMM 4960 the following fall semester. To be enrolled in COMM 4960, students must talk with Jodi Cohen prior to the final day to add a course in order to receive approval. COMM 4960 is NOT added through Student Center or the CALS Special Studies form.

  • Step 1: Email Jodi Cohen, Communication Internship Coordinator at jrc442@cornell.edu to set up an appointment to meet and to receive approval. (Office: 473 Mann Library Building)
  • Step 2: Complete The Learning Contract prior to the beginning of the internship.
  • Step 3: Receive your permission code from Jodi to add the course through student center by the end of the regular add period. NO late add requests will be approved.
  • Step 4: Send your internship supervisor the link to the Supervisor Evaluation Form and have them complete and submit the form by the deadline below.
  • Step 5: Send your Academic Component (E-portfolio or Pecha Kucha) jrc442@cornell.edu by the deadline below. The academic component to the internship is described on the reverse side of this document.

Supervisor Evaluations and the Academic Component of the Internship are due based on the chart below:

  • Summer Internships: Friday before Fall Break
  • Winter Internships: Friday before Spring Break
  • Fall or Spring Semester Internships: Final day of classes for the semester

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Requirements to earn credit for an internship

  • Internship must be a communication-related field.
  • Internships can be paid or non-paid to receive credit.
  • All internships for credit must be approved BEFORE you can start the internship. 
  • The internship is offered for 1-credit and will count toward your overall graduation credits. Students can repeat the credit once but only for a different internship.(this course does not count towards the Communication minor or major)
  • Students must enroll COMM 4960 during the semester in which they complete the internship. If the student is completing the internship in the summer or winter, the Learning Contract must be completed during the first week of the internship and returned to Jodi.
  • Students will enroll in the internship course during the following long semester.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of on-the-job work; the number of work hours beyond 60 is left to the discretion of the intern and their supervisor.
  • An academic component of an e-portfolio or Pecha Kucha is required. This will ensure that students can link the communication theory they learn in the classroom to the practical work experience that is gained through the internship. 
  • The Supervisor Evaluation is due at the completion of the internship. 
  • Internships are graded on an S/U basis only.
  • Communication internships are only open to Communication Majors and declared Communication Minors.
  • Internships will not be added after the normal CALS add deadline.

Academic Component to the Communication Internship (COMM 4960)

Select and complete one option from below

ePORTFOLIO OPTION #1: 

Create an e-portfolio, which serves as evidence of what you learned in your internship and may be helpful to you when applying for jobs.  The e-portfolio is a creative process (you do not have to limit yourself to words but may include audio, video, photos, and diagrams) that reflects your accomplishments and convinces your readers/viewers that you have learned new ideas and skills.   The format for the portfolio is flexible but must meet the following requirements. 

  • It should be between 8 & 10 slides/pages.
  • Describe your responsibilities as an intern.  Use “verbs” as these are most effective in interviews and on resumes.   EG:  I “contacted” potential clients; I “designed”; I “organized.”
  • Discuss/Describe/Illustrate a project or projects you worked on, including the outcome(s).
  • Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses in carrying out your responsibilities. 

PECHA KUCHA OPTION #2: 

  • Create a 3 minute audio narrated-visual presentation (12 images X 15 seconds)
  • While the original Pecha Kucha is 20 slides for 20 seconds each, our Pecha Kucha will be 12 slides/images for 15 seconds each. 
  • The topic of the Pecha Kucha is your internship.  You will need to shape a narration about the overall experience or a particular project you worked on, including the outcomes.
  • If you choose this option, please read about what a Pecha Kucha is, starting with http://www.pechakucha.org/faq
  • SAMPLE PECHA-KUCHAS (though not about internships)
    Couch surfing pecha kucha and Photography pecha kucha