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 with internship experience have higher job offer rates.

Students in 2017 interned at a wide variety of companies and organizations, including:

  • Good Grit Magazine
  • WBRC
  • Alabama Press Association
  • Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
  • Alabama Baby & Child Magazine
  • Alabama Scholarship Fund
  • UAB University Relations
  • Alabama Legislature
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods
  • Girl Scouts North Central Alabama
  • WJOX
  • Bruno Event Team
  • KC Projects PR
  • About Town Magazine
  • Burton Advertising
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
  • UAB Magazine
  • Hope Missions
  • WVTM
  • UAB Digital Media
  • VMP Sports

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. Your advisor will register you for the internship when you’re eligible (make that appointment!). Once you register, you will have immediate access to the internship packet for your semester, due dates, and postings of available internships!

Download Internship Packet (word document)

Want to Know More?

Contact  Dr. Jacquelyn S. Shaia through email for more information on internships for credit.