Communication Studies majors complete internships in a wide variety of different areas. The Communication Studies Department works hand in hand with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work to craft meaningful internship experiences that are beneficial for both the student intern and for the internship organization. Many students who complete internships through our program continue on with their internship organization after the internship is concluded.

Communication Studies Internship Director
• Deborah Redmond,
• Office Hours: 9-12 MWF

Finding an Internship
• Check out the Strommen Center webpage. There is a link on the right menu where students can search for jobs and internships. For more hands on help, contact Ana Eliason ( in the Strommen Center.
• Find one on your own. Students can work with an organization to create an internship experience. Contact Ana Eliason to fill out a learning agreement that becomes a contract between the student and the internship site supervisor.
• Check out the Communication Studies & Film Facebook page. Any internship opportunities that are sent to the Communication Studies Department is posted to Facebook.

Getting Credit For Internships
Register for either of the following courses:
• COM 399: 160 hours/semester
• COM 397& 398: 80 hours/semester

Students need to register independently for the internship. Please refer to the Strommen Center Internship Guide at

In order to receive credit for the internship students need to submit the following:

1. E-mail weekly journals (1-2 pages) that describe the week at the internship. Be specific about work or tasks completed, progress on learning objectives, problem-solving and goals for the following week. Include samples of work when appropriate.

2. At the end of the internship submit a final summary paper (2-3 pages) that analyzes
the internship experience. Questions that guide the paper are:
• What did you learn?
• How did the internship either encourage or discourage you from your career choice?
• What theories from your classes can you apply to this experience?

3. Submit self and supervisor evaluation forms to Ana Eliason in the Strommen Center and copy Deborah Redmond.

Please note: if your internship lasts beyond the end of the semester, you may request an X grade until the internship has been completed.