95% of employers want college grads to have internship experience. Why do an internship? It's better to ask yourself why not. Employers look for experience when reading the resume of a potential employee. A recent college grad with one or two internships will be more attractive than one without that work experience. Employers know that internships give students hands-on experience with workplace skills, challenges, and environments — experiences that make those students valuable employees.

Internships give you the chance to try out a profession and collect references and professional contacts. You can also get course credit. If there's a downside to interning, we haven't heard about it.

Our Students' Experiences

Our students may take from one to three hours of academic credit per semester in an area which complements their area of study, under the supervision of an advisor. Students have, in the past, completed internships in broadcast, journalism, public relations, education, healthcare, not-for-profit management, and government.

Students in 2018 interned at a wide variety of companies and organizations, including:

Students with internship experience have higher job offer rates.
  • Baker Donelson
  • Bruno Event Team
  • Children’s of Alabama
  • GirlSpring
  • Good Grit Magazine
  • Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
  • KC Projects PR
  • Lifeline Children’s Ministry
  • Red Mountain Entertainment
  • Summit Media
  • TopGolf
  • UAB Athletics
  • UAB Magazine
  • UAB Marketing & Communications
  • WBRC Fox 6
  • WJOX

How to Apply

Demand for internships in these areas is strong, and as one of our students you will enjoy the opportunity to select an internship which best fits your interests, expand your learning, and help you to launch your career. Interested in applying? You'll need to be a junior or senior and have completed most of your course work in the major and in the core. Specific requirements vary according to area of concentration. You can learn all about the requirements, how to apply for an internship, deadlines, and course requirements in the Department of Communication Studies Internship Packet.

How do you find an Internship? Register for the course CMST 491: Internship — all opportunities are posted on Canvas. Not registered? Become a member of UAB PRCA/PRSSA — all opportunities are posted online (Facebook, Snapchat). Still looking? Check the board for internships outside Dr. Shaia’s office, Heritage Hall room 309.

Download Internship Packet (word document)

Want to Know More?

Contact  Dr. Jacquelyn S. Shaia through email or call (205) 934-3877 for more information on internships for credit.