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The Russert Department of Communication encourages majors to complete internships throughout their college career. Internships are integral when applying for career-oriented positions. The department academic credit for internships for credit (1, 2, or 3 credits) as well as a zero credit-transcript notation option. All options require students engage in reflection and exploration as they intern. 

Some internships in the Communication field are unpaid; however, the College of Arts and Sciences will support students with unpaid internships. Please contact Dr. Peggy Finucane by email (RussertInterns@jcu.edu) or by phone (216.397.1608) for more information and an application for funding.

Tim Russert Department of Communication Internship Program Course Descriptions

COMM 198 Internship Noncredit/Transcript Notation

Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Open to COMM majors who want their internship recognized but do not need/want credit. Requires permission of the COMM Internship Director to register for the course. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Students must spend 3/4 of their work time in the organization's office. Creates a supervised learning experience. The experience is noted on student transcript.

COMM 298 Internship 1 credit

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Open to sophomores who are COMM majors or students who have expressed an intent to declare a COMM major and have completed COMM 130 Audience Matters, COMM 140 Communication, Technology, & Society, and COMM 205 Professional Communication; requires permission of the COMM Internship Director to register for the class. This is a supervised experiential learning opportunity with accompanying assignments designed to deepen student awareness of career options in Communication fields. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Students must work 3/4 of their work hours in the organization's office. May be repeated once. Credits do not fulfill requirements for Communication major.

COMM 398 Internship 2 credit

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Open to juniors who are declared COMM majors; requires permission of the COMM Internship Director to register for the course. This focused, supervised experiential learning in a position related to the student’s intended area of study.Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours per week for 14 weeks. Students must spend 3/4 of their work time in the organization's office  May be repeated once. Credits do not fulfill requirements for Communication major.

COMM 494 Internship 3 credits

Prerequisite: Senior standing, 2.0 GPA, COMM major, permission of COMM internship director to register for the course. Supervised and directed experiential learning in a position relevant to the major sequence of study. Students must complete a minimum of 16 hours per week (two eight hour days) for 14 weeks. Students must spend 3/4 of their work time in the organization's office. Course assignments will provide artifacts for enhancement of the student's e-portfolio. CREDIT HOURS DO NOT APPLY TO THE MAJOR;  DOES NOT FULFILL THE CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT FOR THE MAJOR.

COMM 498 Internship/Capstone 3 credits

Prerequisites: senior standing; Instructor Permission; Open COMM majors. Permission of Internship Director required to register for the course. Supervised and directed experiential learning in a position relevant to a major sequence of study. Students must commit to two eight hour days per week for 14 weeks to be eligible for course credit. Students must spend 3/4 of their work time in the organization's office. 

No student may earn more than four internship credits toward graduation (excluding COMM 498). Students may complete more than four hours in credits; only four hours will count toward general elective credit for graduation. Students seeking internship credit should have a minimum 2.0 GPA.