Information for Students

Internships are a great way for you to gain real-life work experience, explore different career paths, add skills to your resume, build your network of professional contacts, and connect your Communication major to work situations. Many employers use internships to identify potential candidates for full-time jobs. With the help of the Department of Communication's Internship Program, you may also be able to earn academic credit for your internship.

The Department of Communication encourages and supports our undergraduates in making you aware of communication-related internship opportunities and assisting you throughout the process. Communication majors are in demand in both the private and public sectors. There are many fields in which communication majors can gain valuable experience. Examples include public relations, government, corporate communication, marketing, education, human resources, event planning, health care, social services, media, and more.

 

EARNING ACADEMIC CREDIT

It is possible for Communication majors to earn academic credit for your internship, but it must be pre-approved and only after you have secured your internship. Credit is based on the total number of hours spent in the internship per semester and for the type of work you will be doing. It is typical for a student to earn between 1 and 3 hours of credit per semester in the internship course, CMN 304. In total, students may earn up to 6 hours of credit for CMN 304 (for different internships).  Internships must be with legitimate organizations, have solid educational foundations, and may not be merely part-time jobs or ambassadorships. 

For more detailed information on the program, majors should visit the Communication Undergraduate Advising Moodle page and look for the Careers & Internships tab. Also, check out the FAQ brochure for students!

 

CONTACT THE DIRECTOR

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Internship Program Director at comm-internships@illinois.edu