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Welcome to the WCU Department of Communication Studies internship webpage.
This site is designed to answer as many of your questions about the internship program as possible, so you should read it thoroughly before you contact the Internship Director to discuss your internship options.
If you are a current major or minor in any of our programs, you can view our Approved Internships List. This list is updated frequently with new offerings. If you want to pursue an internship that is not on the Approved Internships List, speak with the Internship Director about your options. More information on organizations that have been approved for credit.
An internship is an opportunity for you to work in a communications-related professional setting in order to learn more about your major and explore the post-graduation jobs that might be of interest to you.
Professionals in the field of communication and media frequently note that the best way to improve your marketability during your undergraduate program is to complete an internship! Internships offer five significant advantages: 1) Allowing you to apply the theories and lessons you’ve learned in the classroom in a professional setting; 2) Helping you to determine what you want to do upon graduation; 3) Providing you with professional experience; 4) Strengthening your resume, and 5) Helping you to begin establishing the professional network that will assist you throughout your career.
If you are majoring in Communications, you will be enrolling in the COM400 Internship program. If you are majoring in Media and Culture, you will be enrolling in the COM494 Internship program.
If you are a Communication Studies major or minor, you need to complete ALL FOUR of the following requirements:
If you are a Media and Culture major or minor, you need to complete ALL FOUR of the following requirements:
Internship credits are based on the number of hours you work at the internship and vice versa.
|Credits||Minimum Number of Hours for the Semester|
|3||120 (one eight-hour day per week of the semester)|
|6||240 (two eight-hour day per week of the semester)|
|9||360 (three eight-hour day per week of the semester)|
|12||480 (four eight-hour day per week of the semester)|
If you’re thinking about an internship somewhere in your undergraduate program, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Internship Director at any time – you don’t have to wait until the specific semester you’re taking the course to discuss your plans. If you are planning to take an internship in the upcoming semester, schedule a meeting with the Internship Director prior to scheduling for classes. You have up until the start of the term to participate in the program, but your chances of identifying and obtaining an internship and qualifying for the program increase the earlier you plan for it.
If you are a Communication Studies major, the course will count as either a Communications and Media elective or a general elective. The course number for the Communications major internship is 400, BUT IT DOES NOT COUNT AS AN UPPER-LEVEL COURSE FOR THE MAJOR.
If you are a Media and Culture major, the course will fulfill your internship/practicum requirement.
After you have read this, your next step is to schedule a meeting with the Internship Director (Dr. Edward Lordan) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lordan’s office is 237 Wayne Hall. The internship meeting will be used to determine 1) whether you qualify; 2) whether the internship opportunity qualifies, and 3) the number of credits you’ll receive for the course.
You don’t need to be completely committed to an internship before meeting with the Internship Director! You may be planning a few semesters ahead, want to talk about career options or are just interested in additional information about the program - if you’re at any stage in the internship process, you can schedule a meeting to learn more.