Connect your theoretical knowledge to real world application by participating in an internship. You can earn 2-6 credit hours for an internship and also build your resume, gain valuable work experience and form a network of contacts in your desired field. Internships in college have been linked to positive outcomes such as greater confidence in career decision-making, (Brooks, Cornelius, Greenfield & Joseph, 1995), the acquisition of new job relevant skills (Garavan & Murphy, 2001), a reduction in the reality shock of full-time employment (Paulson & Baker, 1999), improved ability to secure a job (Callanan & Benzing, 2004), and higher job satisfaction (Gault & Schlager, 2000). An internship is a requirement for graduation within our Communication major.
Ideal Recommendations for Internship Timing: When should I do an internship?
- Sophomore Year: Take COMM 223: Professional and Organizational Communication
- Summer Before Junior Year or Junior Year- Complete an (not for credit hours) Internship
- Summer Before Senior Year or Senior Year- Complete the (for credit) Comm Internship
Internship (Not For Credit) Recommendations:
- Take COMM 223: Professional and Organizational Communication before any internship
- Check Maryville’s Career Connections for internship opportunities at: https://maryville-csm.symplicity.com/ and student media opportunities (e.g., Pawprint)
- Make an appointment to discuss internship searching strategies with Dr. Rebecca Dohrman
Internship For Credit Requirements
At the beginning of your internship semester you must:
- Register for COMM 499 and the appropriate hours (e.g., 3 credits= 135 work hours)
- Complete the Communication Internship Packet
- Read and sign the Communication Internship Handbook
- Adhere to the Internship Course Syllabus
All communication majors will need to complete an internship to meet Maryville’s graduation requirements. Both paid and unpaid positions are available in a variety of fields such as Public Relations, Marketing, Community Relations, Journalism, and Health Communication. Don’t wait! Please contact Dr. Dohrman to find out what exciting opportunities are available now.
Dr. Rebecca Dohrman
Office: Reid 3311
Office Phone: 314.529.9460