Internships can be important stepping stones to careers in Communication. The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University includes an internship program granting students practical experience in varied communication-related fields while earning course credits. The internships are designed to enrich the curriculum and help students explore different career options.
COM 3945, the Communication Internship, is a three-credit course offered during the fall and spring semesters. COM 3945 is a majors only course that can be used in the Contexts section of the Communication Studies major and in the Production and Focus sections of the Multimedia Studies major. Students must obtain an internship on their own, or with guidance from the school internship director or FAU Career Center. The internship must fit the communication major and COM 3945 objectives. Summer internships, for elective credit, can be arranged through the Career Center’s Professional Internship Course (IDS 3949): http://www.fau.edu/career/students/earn-credit.php
Internships for credit are subject to the policy guidelines adopted by the School's faculty, and explained below. Students must first meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for admission to the Communication Internship course. Enrollment in COM 3945 is a privilege reserved for majors who distinguish themselves as above-average students. The School can procure better quality placements because employers are interested in carefully pre-screened candidates. Participation is based upon academic merit, not merely undergraduate longevity. Limited enrollment allows for more careful internship supervision.
Attendance at an internship workshop, when announced and scheduled the semester before an internship starts, is recommended for all students interested in pursuing internship placements. No reservation is needed to attend a workshop. Eligible students will be added to COM 3945 by the instructor after meeting enrollment requirements.
The internship program offers placements in media and other industries that match the goals of the BA in Multimedia Studies, and placements in community organizations, not-for-profit agencies and companies that match the goals of the BA in Communication Studies.
Please carefully read the following links; they contain important information for prospective interns:
- Rationale and Benefits
- Eligibility Requirements
- Application Procedures
- Credit, Arranging Placement, and Assignments
Internship Forms (.pdf files *)
- Internship Application
- Employer Registration Form
- Learning Agreement
- Faculty Recommendation
- Mid-Term Student Evaluation Form
- Mid-Term Supervisor Evaluation Form
- Final Student Evaluation Form
- Final Supervisor Evaluation Form
* Adobe Acrobat Reader required.