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Communication Internships

From eligibility to registration, everything you need to know about Communication internships.

The Goal of COM Internships

The goal of the Communication internship is for each COM student to have an opportunity to demonstrate a high level of the practical application of communication knowledge and skills while participating in an internship in a global or domestic organization.

Students in the Communication major must complete the COM 397: Internship course or COM 400: Advanced Project in Communication Studies to satisfy the mandatory requirement for the major.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to enroll in the COM 397: Internship course, the following requirements must be met:

  • Earned at least 30 semester hours
  • Not be on academic or judicial probation during the semester of the internship or have been previously dismissed from residential halls*
  • Declared a concentration
    • Health Communication: Internships should give students the opportunity to practice communicating health information. Examples include public health campaigns, health education, and interpersonal health contexts (e.g., between doctor and patient or healthcare teams).
    • Organizational Communication and Leadership internships: Internships should give students the opportunity to explore organizational processes and structures as they relate to communication. Examples include internal/external communication, employee relations, crisis/conflict management, organizational design/culture, and leadership.
    • Public Relations: Internships should give students the opportunity to work in a practical public relations application. Examples include campaigns, event planning, market research, strategic analysis, and press agentry (social media, Web, and/or print).
  • Inclusive of this internship, students will not have earned more than 12 hours of internship credit, (including internships offered through Rollins Office of International Programs)

For the COM 397: Internship course, students must register for four credits and complete a minimum of 160 hours at their internship.

* Students who are not eligible to participate in an academic internship have the option to file an academic appeal if there are extenuating circumstances that necessitate them receiving academic credit for an internship experience.

Internship Registration

Registration for the COM 397: Internship course must be submitted during open course registration, the semester before participating in the internship experience. Retroactive internship credit will not be approved. Students can download and view instructions for FoxLink Registration under Quick Links. This is also the time to secure an internship. Please do not wait until the semester you are enrolled to start looking for an internship.

As part of the registration process, all students seeking enrollment in COM 397: Internship course will need to obtain the electronic signatures of both their faculty advisor and the COM department chair.

For more information regarding how to earn Academic Credit for Internships, and/or on the search for and securing an internship, please contact the Center for Career and Life Planning at (407) 646-2195.

Search for COM Internships

Search for Pre-Approved COM Internships

Login to Handshake and choose Jobs under the Explore tab. Select Internship under the Job Type filter. Under Labels, you will be able to select COM Credit and filter your results based on internships that are pre-approved for Communications.

COM Internship Site Approval

Students may obtain approval for internships not already posted in the Handshake database. To obtain approval for an internship which is not already pre-approved for credit, students must complete the FoxLink registration and wait for further instructions from the Center for Career and Life Planning.