Internships

The Department of Communication strives to equip students with the resources and networking opportunities to secure the semester-long and summer internships they desire. The department also has a competitive scholarship fund available to aid students with summer internships outside of where they currently live.

Requirements

You must be a currently declared Communication major to enroll in communication course credit for completing an internship.

Compensation

You will earn academic credit when enrolled in internship hours through the department. Financial compensation varies based on specific internship.

Internship Hours

You can earn 1-3 credit hours based on the length of hours you complete for your internship.

  • 50 hour internship= 1 credit
  • 100 hour internship= 2 credits
  • 150 hour internship= 3 credits

You are only allowed 40 hours of Communication credit toward meeting graduation requirements, any internship hours exceeding this amount will not be counted.

Steps to Earn Credit

Once you have been offered an internship, complete these steps in order to ensure that you will receive credit from the Department of Communication for your internship experience.

  1. Complete the Online Internship Application Form and return it to Dr. Stephen Klien at 108 Switzler Hall.
  2. Once your application has been received and approved, you will receive a course permission number. Use that number to register for COMMUN 4940 on MyZou.
  3. You must keep a record of the hours you work (feel free to use the log provided in the back of the Internship handbook). At the end of your internship, have your supervisor verify your hours and sign your hour log. Please open the hours log in Adobe Reader. You can then fill it in and print it off.
  4. Midway through your internship, complete the Midterm Self-Evaluation Form sent by the Department and return it to Dr. Stephen Klien at 108 Switzler Hall.
  5. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to turn in an Internship Portfolio. While you can be creative about the format of this portfolio, it must contain the following elements:
    1. A final self-evaluation in which you reflect upon your internship experience. Feel free to use the prompts included in the back of the handbook as a guide; however, you should write in essay format and not Q&A format (3-4 pages).
    2. A sample of your work as anĀ intern (reports, proposals, press releases, etc.).
    3. An updated resume.
    4. A sample cover letter. This letter should model how you would present yourself for another internship or job.
    5. A log of your internship hours approved and signed by your supervisor.
  6. Upon receiving these materials, the Department will send your internship supervisor a Student Internship Evaluation Form and will ask them to complete the form and return it to 108 Switzler Hall.

For More Information

For more information on internships from the College of Arts & Sciences, please see the A&S website at: https://coas.missouri.edu/students/internships

Contact

If you have other questions, feel free to contact Dr. Stephen Klien at 573-882-0525 (kliens@missouri.edu) or Cathy Illingworth at 573-882-4431 (illingworthc@missouri.edu)