Communication
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Internship Classes

COMM 450 - Internship in Communication

Communication 450 offers an opportunity to receive on-the-job training through an approved fieldwork study program. The focus of the internship is for students to work on projects that develop skills and/or apply theory in various areas of communication (interpersonal, organizational, public relations, media production, telecommunication, journalism, mass media, etc.) Internships must be off campus.

COMM 450 class meetings are used to share internship experiences and assist students with any internship issues. Individual resumes are reviewed and interview skills are practiced. Selected classes have industry professionals provide first-hand guidance and offer meaningful transition information. 

The intern receives three hours of upper level academic credit. 

To be eligible to register for COMM 450, a student must be a declared communication major, have a total of 60 hours of college credit, have successfully completed 15 hours of communication credit, and have earned a 2.5 GPA overall. Internships can be both paid and unpaid. The department will assist students in identifying eligible internships. Grades for the class are based on supervisor evaluations, class participation, and final oral and written intern reports. 

In order to receive academic credit for an internship, the student is obligated to complete the following: 

  • Complete a least 155 hours of internship activity over the semester
  • Attend six required classes (dates announced in class) 
  • Submit a mid-course and end-of-course employer evaluation
  • Submit an end-of-course report
  • Present an oral report to the class on the internship.
Note: All COMM 450 students must be communication majors. However, if you do not meet the minimum credit or GPA requirements but still would like to apply for the internship course, please contact Associate Chair Tim Gibson at tgibson1@gmu.edu. Exceptions to the above eligibility criteria are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Internship & Job Newsletter

Check out our weekly COMM Internship & Job Newsletter

Intern of the Week

Every week of the semester we will post a short article of our chosen Intern of the Week. This will highlight the student and company or organization they are interning for. The Intern of the Week will be featured on the weekly Internship & Job Newsletter.

Internship Class Resources

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