The Department of Communication requires that each student participates in an internship. The student receives work experience through a formal internship program, receiving 3 hours of academic credit. Students work a minimum of 10 hours each week for an entire semester.
The Department of Communication has placed students with internship positions in a variety of business settings, such as the state government, Ruder Finn and WakeMed Hospital. Students also have opportunities for internships with local radio and television stations. The communication department holds agreements with WRAL-TV, News 14 Carolina, NBC-17, Curtis Media Group, Business Leader Magazine, Clear Channel Communications, and Howard, Merrell & Partners.
Students desiring an internship are required to meet with their internship advisor during a group meeting in the semester before they intend to take the internship. Be alert to notices and emails announcing this meeting. The forms discussed below and and job prospects are discussed at this time.
Please note the following requirements that are part of your internship:
A journal is required. In addition to the readings, research, and other duties required by the supervisor, the student will keep an informal journal of her experiences.
A reflection paper is required. The above journal will form the basis of the final 4-5 page paper reflecting on the internship from a communication perspective.
A work place photo of you is required. A picture of you at work with a statement of your internship highlight(s) must be submitted.
Your internship submittals during fall and spring semesters are due by Reading Day. Summer interns must submit them by the last day of summer school class.
Students must meet with professor periodically in Internship class. The professor will visit the work place at least once during the semester and will support the student in the work place as needed.