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Internships

Internships are an important part of the development of our majors. They provide an opportunity for students to apply the communication theory learned in the classroom in a wide range of professional settings. They are also an excellent way for students to “try out” an area of interest before committing to a full time job. Internships provide opportunities to build a portfolio of experiences and work products to share with potential employers after graduation. The Department of Communication encourages all majors and minors to complete at least one (preferably more) internship before graduation.

Completing an Internship for Credit

Students interested in receiving course credit for their internships should apply for COMM 495: Field Internship. This online course, taken alongside the onsite experience, creates an environment for students to learn about practical and theoretical issues related to their specific internship, enhance their professional portfolio, and interact regularly with other student interns. This course is taught by Dr. Bethany Goodier, a tenured faculty member with research and professional experience in organizational communication. Students are required to use their CofC gmail and google apps for this course.

Because it is important that students have a strong foundation in the discipline before completing an internship for credit, the following criteria must be met before taking the course:

  • At least 60 cumulative hours earned. Students with less than 60 hours are encouraged to complete non-credit bearing internships and to consider the Career Center’s Certificate Internship Program when academic credit is required by the internship site.
  • At least 12 credit hours in Communication (majors) or 8 credit hours in Communication (minors).
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in Communication, minimum 2.0 overall GPA.

The course can be taken for 1-3 hours and can be repeated for up to 6 hours. Students must complete the application process prior to beginning the internship and before the application deadline each term. To begin the application process, complete this form. Your application will be reviewed within 3 business days and you will receive a status update via CofC email. Once approved, students will complete an online learning contract signed by their internship supervisor outlining their goals and learning outcomes and the ways the duties and responsibilities of the internship will help them to meet these goals. These contracts are individual to each student, but are grounded in the mission and vision of the Department of Communication.

The deadline for completing the entire application process corresponds with the drop/add deadlines each semester. Students are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and secure the internship at least one month prior to the beginning of the term in which they would like to receive credit and complete the initial application at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Need help finding an Internship?

Sometimes finding the right internship is the biggest challenge. Here are a few resources to make the process easier.

COMMunity Networks - updated internship opportunities for COMM students

The College of Charleston Career Center

Tips for Finding an Internship

Still having trouble? Need some advice? Schedule a meeting with Dr. Goodier.