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Internship for credit

Enrollment Process for the Communication Internship (COMM 4960)

  • Step 1: Email Jodi Cohen, Communication Internship Coordinator at 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) 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


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


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. 


  • 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

SAMPLE PECHA-KUCHAS (though not about internships)
Couch surfing pecha kucha and Photography pecha kucha