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Students may complete an internship during their time in the Communication Arts major as part of their CM 400 Internship Course or CM 431 Senior Seminar Course. Both courses require that you have senior standing (i.e., you have earned 91 credit hours or more) to enroll.

 

Internship Courses

CM 400 Internship Course

You must have senior standing with Communication Arts or English Writing major and receive approval from the course instructor and Communication Arts Department Chair to enroll in this course. You can earn 1-6 credit hours of CM 400 and take it as an elective course. Forty-five (45) hours of work is required for each credit hour awarded, so the 3-semester hour internship requires a total of 135 hours of on-the-job work. If you don't have senior standing click here.

You will meet regularly with your course instructor, keep a log of daily activities, create a portfolio illustrating samples of your work, and submit a 2-3-page summary report on the internship. You will also be evaluated by your on-the-job supervisor who will submit an evaluation form directly to the course instructor at the end of the semester. This course may be taken in any semester (fall, spring, or summer) depending on the arrangement with your course instructor.

View a sample CM 400 syllabus.

CM 431 Senior Seminar Course

You may complete an internship as part of your CM 431 Senior Seminar Course which is a required 3-credit-hour course. CM431 is offered in fall and spring semesters only. Note that you can choose one of three options to complete CM 431:

  1. a major small group service project
  2. an individual internship
  3. a substantial research project/thesis

CM 431 Internships

The information provided here focuses on the internship option of this course. For the complete information about CM 431, please consult your course instructor or the Department Chair.

To take the internship route for CM 431, Communication Arts majors must have an A or B in CM 231 Foundations of Human Communication and Theatre majors must have an A or B in CM/TH 425 Theatre Mainstage. Students who have completed 3 credit hours of CM 400 are not eligible for the internship option of CM 431. You must devote at least 135 hours to on-the-job work, keep a log of daily activities, complete a written midterm report, and create a portfolio illustrating your work.

At the end of the internship, you will deliver an oral presentation of your internship experience to a panel of Communication Arts and/or Theatre faculty. Additionally, you will be evaluated by your on-the-job supervisor who will submit an evaluation form directly to the course instructor at the end of the semester. You are also expected to attend class during the designated times to discuss your progress, tasks, and any problems.

View a sample CM 431 syllabus.


 

Internship Process

 

STEP 1
Visit with the Department Chair

Schedule a meeting with the Chair of Communication Arts, Dr. Pavica Sheldon pavica.sheldon@uah.edu, to express your interest in taking an internship and see which internship course (CM 400 or CM 431) is suitable for you, how many credit hours to take, and when to begin. Before the visit, you are strongly encouraged to read this website to understand prerequisites and course requirements.


STEP 2
Course Registration

During the registration period, register for the internship course even if the internship location has not been finalized. The registration deadline is usually a week after the semester begins. You must be enrolled in CM 400 or CM 431 during the same semester you are interning. No credit hours will be awarded retroactively.


STEP 3
First Day of Class

Meet with your course instructor on the first day of class to understand course requirements and all expectations. CM 431 students will be required to submit the internship application form for the course instructor’s approval typically due the second week of the semester.


STEP 4
Finding Internships

Use resources on this website to find your internship. This may be with a non-profit, for-profit, or government organization. It may be paid or unpaid. The work should focus on some communication-related or theatre activity that interests you. Examples include writing, producing, reporting, editing, or advertising for a newspaper, television station, or radio station; public relations for a firm; taking a significant role in a theatre production, etc. If you have difficulty contacting a potential employer, email the Internship Coordinator, Ms. Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly at pk0044@uah.edu for assistance.


STEP 5
Internship Application and Interview

After identifying your desired internships, you will apply directly for them in the way you would apply jobs. Students typically submit an application letter, present resumes, and go through an interviewing process. You are encouraged to consult UAH Career Services for support in resume and cover letter development, interview preparation, networking assistance, and more. For additional guidance, you can also contact Communication Arts Internship Coordinator, Ms. Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly at pk0044@uah.edu.


STEP 6
Internship Contract Approval

Once you secure an internship, CM400 students must complete an internship contract with the on-the-job supervisor. The contract must be typed and signed by you, the supervisor, and Communication Arts Department Chair. CM 431 students must also submit an internship contract typed and signed by you, the supervisor, and course instructor. For both courses, your contract must clearly specify tasks agreed upon between you and the supervisor. The deadline for submitting your internship contract is usually the second week of the semester.


STEP 7
Beginning and Working Through Internships

Begin your internship and treat it as a real job. Work like a professional and find ways to contribute to the best of your ability. Apply what you have learned from your communication classes to produce the best possible products for your interning organization. As the internship goes on, make sure to complete the assignments required by your course instructor.

For example, you may be required to keep a detailed log or journal of your daily work experiences, complete a midterm report, and submit a portfolio illustrating your work (e.g., copies of stories written, advertisements made, stage designs completed, etc.). Adhere to the assignment deadlines listed in the course syllabus and posted on Canvas. You may also be expected to meet with your course instructor or attend class during the designated times to discuss your progress, tasks, and any problems.


STEP 8
Completing Internships

For both CM 400 and CM 431, you will be evaluated by your on-the-job supervisor who will submit a performance evaluation form directly to the course instructor at the end of the internship. It is your responsibility to ensure this written evaluation is delivered to the course professor by the designated date. Additionally, CM 431 interns will deliver an oral presentation of their internship experience to a panel of Communication Arts and/or Theatre faculty at the end of the internship.

For more information, please contact Communication Arts Internship Coordinator, Ms. Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly at pk0044@uah.edu.