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 Bridgeway Hospital 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: To develop practical experience in creating communication that fits the specific needs of a company or organization.

Learning Outcomes

During the internship, students will:

  • Compare and contrast previous and current communication coursework and readings to communication in an organization or company
  • Adapt personal and public communication to a professional workplace
  • Evaluate the value added of practicing positive communication in the workplace

The internship is a 3-hour credit/no credit course and requires a minimum of 150 on-site hours in a semester. Students must have completed 18 hours of Applied Communication (ACOM) courses to be eligible for an internship.

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. To learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Kristen McIntyre.

Apply for a community internship.

If you’d like to intern, volunteer, or complete work study in the Communication Skill Center (CSC), please read more about those opportunities.  Students taking a CSC internship course will need to attend regular synchronous meetings in order to serve as a tutor in the University Learning Commons.