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Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences

Communication Studies Internships

Your classroom experiences in Communication Studies provide you with the ability to think critically, and give you valuable applicable skills, including presenting, writing, listening, group work, and decision-making. Internships build on that knowledge, allowing you to put what you learned into practice in an organization. Internships are where theory meets practice, practice meets real life, and your higher education meets employment.

Or as The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) puts it:

“An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent."

Students receive the real-world experience employers want while earning college credit.

Our students in Communication Studies have interned at local, regional, and national organizations. The list includes:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • International Storytelling Center
  • Harvey Willis
  • Mountain Empire Literacy Outreach
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Washington County Public Library


To be eligible for the CMST internship program you must:

  • Be a declared Communication Studies major.
  • Have a minimum overall 3.00 GPA.
  • Completed 60 credit hours.
  • Have completed SPCH 2330: Communication Theory, with a “C” or better.
  • Completed or be enrolled in SPCH 4346: Business & Professional Communication.
  • You must complete and submit an application before the deadline for 
the semester in which you wish to do your internship.
Application Steps

Steps to Applying for a Communication Studies Internship

  1. Complete the Internship Application and turn it in to Dr. Herrmann in CCB224
  2. TEN DAYS after the application deadline, contact Dr. Herrmann to see if your name is on the “Internship Approval List.”
    1. If you are in the process of taking SPCH 2330: Communication Theory, your approval will be provisional until you have completed those courses with a minimum grade of C.
    2. If approved, you must ask the Internship Program Director for a permit to register for SPCH 4380.
  3. Once approved, locate a sponsor and arrange your internship through one of the following ways:
    1. Internship Board: The Internship board is located in the hallway next to CCB 224. The clients are approved and may be contacted directly.
    2. Finding an internship on your own: If you have found an organization to sponsor you but they are not listed on the board, have the company representative fill out a Sponsor Application. All organizations must be approved by the Internship Program Director. Also, certain internships are not applicable and will be rejected.
  4. Fill out, sign and have the Internship Contract signed by your sponsor. Contracts must be in your file by the first day of classes for the semester/session. You are encouraged to turn in your contract in before this deadline, as all contracts are subject to final approval by the internship director. If your contract contact is not approved, you will have to find a different internship.
  1. Plan your schedule to attend class meetings bi-weekly (one 50-minute session).
  1. If you have questions, email the Internship Director at .


†Make sure your that your internship opportunity draws significantly upon your communication studies education and skills.

Application Deadlines

It is necessary you plan ahead to meet the deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Applications for fall semester internships are due August 31 no later than 5 pm.
  • Applications for summer session internships are due April 30 no later than 5 pm.
  • Applications for spring semester internships are due November 30 no later than 5 pm.

For more information, please contact the CMST Internship Program Director Dr. Andrew F. Herrmann at

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