The Communication Studies Department administers an internship program designed to provide majors (and minors) with practical experience working for a business, a non-profit or government agency, or an educational institution.
Students in the Internship Program work for 140 hours over the course of the semester and receive credit for COMM 4994 – Internship in Communication (4 credits). During the Fall and Spring semesters, interns generally work 10 hours a week for 14 weeks. So, for example, a student might schedule classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday to allow for an internship on Tuesday and Friday.
There is more flexibility in scheduling an internship during the summer. Students need to work for 140 hours, but this could done by working 10 hours a week for 14 weeks (full summer) or by working 20 hours a week for 7 weeks (either Summer 1 or Summer 2). If a student wants an intensive experience, it is also possible to work 35 hours a week for 4 weeks.
Students have three meetings (in-person, via Skype, or on the phone) with the internship coordinator during their placement. Over the course of the internship, students are also required to maintain a journal and write two papers (one at the mid-point of the internship and another when the hours are completed). Written performance evaluations are submitted by the intern’s supervisor. Course grades are assigned on a pass/fail basis.
To learn more about the Internship Program, contact Sam Lotuff, Internship Coordinator, 247 Holmes Hall, 617-373-4072, [email protected].