Students preparing to apply for their internship should review the following check-list:


  • Schedule a meeting with Internship Coordinator, Dr. Janice Kelly, to review career goals and placement opportunities.


  • Students completed COM 2520, COM 2550, COM 2560,  or COM 2590 (depending on chosen specialization).


  • Schedule a follow up meeting with Dr. Kelly to review and update your resume and cover letter. Please visit the career center (Public Square Room 320) to work on your resume and cover letter before this meeting.


  • Apply to internships and interview for the position.


  • Once an internship is acquired, work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 weeks of a semester or 8 hours a day for 15 to 17 days of the internship or during the summer semester.  Attendance and punctuality are important grading components of the internship.


  • Follow all the rules and regulations of the company or agency hosting the internship.


  • Maintain a weekly journal describing internship activities.  The journal is an analytic tool designed to help interns think through aspects of the position and should not be used to merely record events of the day.  The journal may be hand-delivered or emailed to Dr. Kelly.


  • Complete a final analytical paper (6-10 pages) relevant to the work experience.


  • Complete a final evaluation report submitted by your internship supervisor.


  •  If applicable, maintain copies of all work done or participated in (e.g., press releases, articles, videos, etc.)

The following learning outcomes should be each student’s objectives while undertaking their internship:
  • Time management: arrive on time and meet deadlines.

  • Organizational skills: ability to prioritize work and organize tasks.

  • Dependability: supervisors and colleagues can count on you to deliver agreed upon tasks/projects.

  •  Self-motivation: understand the tasks/projects to be completed (ask questions if necessary) and show initiation in completing those tasks. Follow through on unfinished or ongoing projects.

  • Oral and written communication: contribute to meetings and exercise opportunities to express yourself in spoken and written form.

  • Interpersonal skills: show ability to work well with others and in teams and be prepared to accept criticism.

  • Professionalism: dress and behave according to the company’s culture and norms.

  • Technical skills: learn on-the-job skills helpful to your chosen career path (public relations, feature writing, videography, editing, etc.)

An internship is a commitment to a particular organization. You are entering into a contractual obligation that must be honored. Please download and complete the Internship Agreement form once you have accepted an internship. Please email the completed form to Dr. Janice Kelly. You can download the form by clicking here.
If you have any questions about internships or wish to set up a meeting, please contact Dr. Janice Kelly, Internship Coordinator:  (516) 323-3244