Are you interested in getting hands on experience to help you determine what you want to do when you graduate? Then you should consider doing an internship in the Communication field. Today's employers favor students who have had professional experience doing an internship as part of their education.
There are an abundance of excellent internship opportunities available in the Communication field. You will earn 1 credit for every 45 hours that you work at an internship site and you can earn up to 8 credits.
For more specifics on requirements please check out the Basic Internship Information sheet.
Communication majors and minors have done internships all over and in a myriad of different companies. There are so many different places you can intern. Check out some of the past Communication internship sites!
Breanna Schmitt a recent Communication graduate, who interned with Grandma’s Marathon, this past summer 2015, had this to say about her internship experience:
My internship with Grandma's Marathon really gave me a feel for what I wanted after college (because most of us don't know what we want, or even if we think we do, we really don't). There is only so much that can be taught in a classroom - it's about getting out and doing; trying new things. Not only did I meet amazing people but I got so involved in the Duluth community which enhanced my college experience. College is a time of exploration and making mistakes. Take advantage of the internship opportunities available in the Duluth community because they will help mold you and guide you in a positive direction after college. Plus, why not get started early with applying what you're learning in the classroom. I highly recommend this internship!
Elise Viger, another Communication student, interned at Aflac over this past summer of 2015, and also University Marketing and Public Relations at UMD, she had this to say about her internship experiences:
Having the opportunity to intern in a professional environment provided the skills and experience that the textbooks and classrooms couldn’t. The overall internship experience was invaluable because it provided the chance to apply what I learned in the classroom to the professional world.
At Elise's internship with University Marketing and Public Relations she had the opportunity to interview people and research and write stories.
HERE is one example of Elise's work.