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What does my internship need to include? How long should it last? How many hours do I need to work?

  • Internships must be at least seven weeks long and can last up to 14 weeks. (They can actually be longer, but only the hours contained within a semester count toward the credit you earn.)
  • You must work at least 150 hours total to earn credit. Please note that even if you complete 40 hours per week and reach the 150-hour mark four weeks into the internship, you are still required to work at least seven weeks as noted above. Please also make sure that you finish your position at a time that is convenient for both you and your employer—don't check out simply because you have met the work-hour requirement.
  • The position should be relevant to your major. Most students choose something related to their emphasis, although that is not required.
  • The position may be paid or unpaid. Some employers who offer unpaid internships will require confirmation from the university that you will be receiving academic credit. If yours does, please request that verification from Sister Melissa Bair, the Communication Department's internship coordinator.  
  • The position may not be a retail or summer-sales job. In addition, please note that while the Disney Internship program offers some great opportunities, it does not meet the university's criteria for academic credit.
  • You should have a supervisor at work to whom you report. This person must be trained in communication and have a communication function/title so that you are receiving industry-specific mentoring. If you find a position in which your supervisor wants you to fill a communication role but is not trained in communication himself or herself, the position will not be approved as an internship. You might, however, be eligible to receive practicum credit for such an experience. For instance, a restaurant manager might be able provide a great social-media position for you in promoting her business, but since her role is not a communication-centric one, the position she offered you would not count as an internship. On the other hand, if you were working for a hospital creating a newsletter being supervised by the director of marketing, that position would be eligible for internship credit. If your supervisor is a family member or friend, you need to disclose this on the Initial Internship Approval form, discussed in the "Application to Receive Credit" section.
  • On-campus communication jobs can, in some instances, work as internships when they are full-time and paid positions, but the criteria for such positions is different than what is listed above. Please contact Sister Bair for details.
  • Each student needs just one internship credit to meet graduation requirements but can accrue up to three total internship credits. Students completing two internships concurrently with different organizations may be eligible to receive credit for both positions during the same semester. Please contact Sister Bair for details.
  • Students wishing to complete multiple internships with one employer must have a different role or job description during each semester during which they apply for credit. For instance, if you are designing a website one semester and receive internship credit for that role, you might ask your employer if you could design print material the next semester. Of course, you are welcome to maintain the same position over several semesters-after all, longevity in a job is impressive on a résumé. You just wouldn't be able to receive credit for more than one of those semesters.

Important Contacts


Phone Number

Email Address


Academic Discovery Center: Career Services


MC 129

Academic Discovery Center: Internship Office



MC 129

Sister Melissa Bair, Communication Department Internship Coordinator


Spori 114B

Companies with more than 100 employees made full-time job offers to 69 percent of their interns in 2012. —

Communication Department Academic Internship Coordinator

Melissa Bair - Office: 114B Spori - Phone: 208-496-3689