An internship is a great way to gain the necessary experience you’ll need to succeed in the professional world after college. It will help apply and extend material from your Communication classes in a real-world context. The Department strongly encourages its majors to secure at least one internship as part of their education and professional development. It allows you to earn 1-6 credits for your internship, depending on the number of hours you work and the assignments you develop with your faculty sponsor. An internship doesn’t count as one of the 11 required courses for the major, but it does give you credit toward graduation and valuable experience. The standard is 3 credits. Rarely, are more than 3 credits approved for an internship during the course of one semester. You may, however, do more than one internship, over the course of multiple semesters/summers.
Dr. Jamie Skerski is the COMM Internship Coordinator AND Faculty Sponsor for COMM internships for the 2014-2015 academic year.
- GPA: 2.5 in COMM and overall
- Junior standing (60 credits)
- Formal internship position: training, education, professional development
- Internship work must happen during the semester you’re registered for…no retroactive credits
- Need to work a minimum of 40 hours per credit (ex: work at least 120 total hours for a 3-credit internship)
(1) Secure an internship
Everything starts after students have an internship. Students are encouraged to work with Career Services to find internship opportunities. The Department of Communication posts various internship announcements on their Facebook page and hallway bulletin board, but does not have the capacity to work with students individually to find internships.
For additional information on internship opportunities, follow the CMCI Internship Facebook.
(2) Download and complete the application file
Application file requires Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Adobe is not always the default PDF viewer for all Internet browsers (especially on MACs) so be sure to download the application file to your computer and open using an Adobe program. Application file requires electronic signatures at the end…you may need to set up an Adobe username and password to complete the electronic signatures. To access the application, click here.
(3) Submit application file to internship coordinator Jamie Skerski (Jamie.Skerski@Colorado.edu)
by the ADD/DROP deadline (the second week of classes).
Email your completed application to the Department of Communication internship coordinator. After your application is approved the internship coordinator with email you with more details about the syllabus, assignments, due dates, etc and you will also find them on the course D2L site.
(4) Complete the internship assignments as outlined in the COMM 4930 Syllabus
Everything is the same for summer internships except you need to pay summer school tuition and fees to complete your registration. After you submit your application to the internship coordinator and we process your file your tuition bill will show up in your MyCUinfo account.
For fall and spring semester, you must submit application by the Add/Drop Deadline (2nd week of classes)