If you are headed directly toward a career in a Communication-related field, one of the most important things that you can add to your program of study is an internship experience. Our Department strongly encourages students to pursue internship opportunities, when relevant to their area of interest—so much so that some of our specializations require them!
However, there are a few things to know about the internship process…so please read through the following information before you start planning for your internship experience! After you have reviewed this information, feel free to contact the Department’s Internship Coordinator, Prof. Juanita Weaver.
Prof. Weaver will have internship advising hours in Fall 2011. She will also be available other times by appointment. Her office is Garey B6B, and her office phone is 9-4794.
An internship is a great way for you to get some entry-level experience in some area of Communication, fulfilling basic roles for a for-profit or not-for-profit organization. However, an internship is much more than “practical experience.” Internships are opportunities for students to integrate their academic studies with a specific profession, in order to show the strong connection between theory, research, and practice within the field of Communication.
Both the Communication Department and the College of Arts & Sciences have updated information regarding a host of organizations that have internship opportunities available to undergraduate students, but the exact number and variety of openings changes each semester. In addition, you should look through the database of internship opportunities maintained by the College Director of Internships.
You also can find internship opportunities on your own, through personal networking, via the web, or by talking to a faculty member here at VU.
Regardless of how you find your internship opportunity, you should first determine whether it requires you to receive academic credit. Even if your COM specialization requires an internship, this does not mean that you have to receive credit for it; however, particular organizations may require that you receive credit in order to participate in their internship program. Either way, you can receive payment from your organization—just because you receive a small stipend or salary, in other words, doesn’t mean that you have to forego the academic credit in the process!
If you are doing an internship for no credit, but the internship is meant to fulfill the requirement within your COM specialization (including Journalism, Public Relations, or Media Production), then contact the specialization coordinator to find out what documentation you need to substantiate your work as an intern.
Please be aware that virtually all for-profit organizations will require college credit if they are not paying you at least minimum wage.
You should by setting up a meeting with our Department’s Internship Coordinator, Prof. Juanita Weaver. She will be able to talk to you about the internships that best fit your specific interest in Communication. She can also help you determine whether you meet the requirements for internships, and assist you in taking the next step in the application process.
Students interested in receiving academic credit for their work as an intern may choose to earn this credit in the summer, as well as during the fall or spring semesters. Typically, depending upon the hours worked, an internship earns 3 or 6 credits, but more extensive, semester-long internship programs may earn students 12 to 15 credits. However, regardless of the amounts of credit desired for the internship, note that there are academic requirements, set by the College of Arts & Sciences, that must be met before a student is allowed to register for an internship—which means that you must meet these requirements before you apply for an internship that requires you to receive academic credit. The requirements are as follows:
Once you’ve been registered for your for-credit internship, you need to ensure that you fulfill the academic requirements for receipt of internship credit. For the Communication Department, this means that, in addition to completing the duties central to your internship, you must:
Once all of these have been completed and assessed by our Department’s internship coordinators, then you will receive a satisfactory grade for your internship credits!
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The Communication Dept. offers its students some unique internships programs.
We have an internship with Philly.com, for students in journalism. Please contact Prof. Juanita Weaver for more information.
Students who intern at the Washington Center spend an entire semester living and working in Washington, DC and receive 15 Villanova credits. This internship is primarily for students in media studies, rhetorical studies, public relations, and journalism.
Students who participate in the Los Angeles internship work in the entertainment industry for 10 week during the Summer. Please contact Dr. John O’Leary for more information on this internship.
For questions on all of our internship opportunities, please contact Prof. Juanita Weaver.
Following is a list of just some of the internships Communication majors have participated in.
Any other questions? Please contact our Internship Coordinator, Prof. Juanita Weaver.