Applied Communication Internship Overview:
The internship program provides an opportunity for students to engage with an organization and experience first hand the communication theories and skills gained in the classroom. We partner with organizations such as the Arkansas Department of Education and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to offer both paid and unpaid internships
The internship experience supports the mission of our department by offering the following goal and learning outcomes:
Internship Goal: To develop practical experience in creating communication that fits the specific needs of a company or organization.
During the internship, students will
- Compare and contrast previous and current communication course work and readings to communication in an organization or company.
- Adapt personal and public communication to a professional work place.
- Evaluate the value added of practicing positive communication in the work place.
The internship is a 3 hour credit/no credit course and requires a minimum of 150 on-site hours in a semester. Students must be a sophomore, junior or senior and have completed SPCH 2310: Human Communication Concepts and at least one of the professional communication courses.
During the internship experience, students will work with the organization to determine work hours and projects. The student will also complete journal entries, which will help the student apply the internship experience to the classroom experience.
Upon completion of the internship, students will submit an electronic portfolio that includes an introductory video, journal entries, supervisor evaluations and observations, and samples of internship work. In addition, students will present their experiences to the Department of Applied Communication.
To discuss the program in more detail, please contact Melissa Johnston via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view information on an internship in the community, please visit the Community Internship Board.
To apply for an community internship opportunity, please complete the Online Internship Application Form.
To view information about interning in the UALR Communication Skill Center (CSC), please visit the CSC Internship Page, which has a separate internship application, as seen on this link.