Communication Studies majors are well positioned to take advantage of internship opportunities in a wide variety of communication-related fields including public relations, television production, event planning, non-profit management, and health communication. Since the college is located outside of Trenton in between Philadelphia and New York, many major companies and organizations regularly solicit interns from the department. Qualified students in every track who meet the requirements are encouraged to apply.
To arrange an internship:
- See if you qualify and have room on your schedule.
- Find a faculty advisor who will sponsor your internship.
- Find and secure an internship with your organization of choice.
- Complete an Internship Contract (a written proposal and the enrollment form)
- Get all the required signatures and drop off the proposal and form at Records & Registration (Green Hall, Room 112)
(If you have additional questions, consult the policy info: Internship Policy Information)
Credits, GPA, and Requirements for the Internship
- Enrollment is limited to upper division program majors or minors with at least a 2.5 GPA in that program.
- Appropriate prerequisite courses must be identified and be completed successfully prior to the internship experience. Additional requirements may be established by the department.
- Actual professional situations where the student experiences the requirements of employment must be used.
- The internship is an applied experience. In the internship, the student must apply what she/he has learned in the classroom. This academic foundation must be identified in a general way in the course offering proposal. Specific knowledge, methods, skills, activities, etc. must be listed for each intern in the proposal. (See below.)
- A minimum of 50 on-the-job hours should be required per quarter course unit of credit.
- A substantial written assignment (or portfolio) requiring research and/or creative work should be required. A simple log describing activities may be included but in and of itself is not sufficient to satisfy this requirement. Exceptions may be approved by the department chair in fields where there is an extensive professional component already required (e.g., in the Journalism/Professional Writing major where the intern’s duties may be public relations, researching, reporting that constitute a substantial writing, research, and creative experience).
- The intern should be paid a salary whenever possible.
- Internships may be offered on either a graded or pass-fail basis.
- Second internships within the same program should be limited to those situations in which the student will be able to apply essentially different knowledge, methods, skills, etc. (still program related) than those applied in the prior internship. This limitation does not apply to a second internship in a different program (e.g., a second major, minor).
- Maximum internship course units to be counted toward a degree by any one student are three. Maximum course units for a single internship are two.
The Internship Contract
An internship contract consists of two parts: the proposal and the enrollment form to be developed by the Office of Records and Registration. The student will prepare a written proposal meeting the following requirements:
- The proposal should state the number of credit hours from any previous internship, as well as the semester taken and the firm or agency where the internship was done.
- The proposal must explain exactly how credits are to be earned and what on-the-job activities will be required of the intern.
- The proposal must describe the method of evaluating the internship to be used by the faculty supervisor.
- The proposal must identify the firm or agency where the internship will be done.
- The proposal must identify the professional person at the firm or agency who will supervise the student during the internship.
- The proposal should require on-site visits by a supervising faculty member whenever feasible.
- The proposal must be approved by the department chair or his or her designee before a student may proceed with the internship.
- The approved proposal must be delivered to the Office of Records and Registration by the end of the first week of the semester in which the internship is to be completed.
- Copies of the approved proposal should be provided to the student, the faculty supervisor, the department, and the firm or agency supervisor.
- If the circumstances of the internship change, it is the responsibility of the faculty supervisor to send an addendum to the proposal to the Office of Records and Registration.
The following are some of the places our students have interned in recent years:
Public and Mass
Lourdes Health Systems
Family Resource Center
The Charlie Rose Show
Princeton HealthCare System
John Wells Productions
The Daily Show/The Colbert Report
New Jersey Motion Picture Office
Edelman Public Relations
Toy R Us
OUT in New Jersey
Superior Court of New Jersey
Princeton Professional Associates
U.S. Department of Labor