Kamiya Michelin posing in the Channel 19 News studio

Kamiya Michelin, Communication Arts major, interning at WHNT News Channel 19, Spring 2022

Courtesy Pooja Patkar, News 19 Technical Director

Internships sponsored by the Communication Arts Department require that students have senior standing (i.e., you have earned 91 credit hours or more) to enroll.

Internship Options

CM 431 Internships

CM Arts majors wishing to perform an Internship will do so as part of your CM 431 Senior Seminar Course, which is a required 3-credit-hour course. CM 431 is offered in fall and spring semesters only.

To qualify to take the internship route for CM 431, Communication Arts majors must have an A or B in CM 231 Foundations of Human Communication, or an equivalent course, or permission of the CM 431 instructor. Once you are approved to take the internship and have identified an appropriate communication-oriented internship, you will initiate and complete an internship contract with the on-the-job supervisor. All specific tasks must be clearly identified and agreed upon between you and the supervisor. The contract must be signed by you, the supervisor, and course professor.

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 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.


CM 400 Internship Course

All CM Arts majors who wish to do an internship will do so in CM 431. Writing majors wishing to do an internship will do so in CM 400. You must have senior standing in the Writing major and receive approval from the Communication Arts Department Chair, Dr. Eletra Gilchrist-Petty, 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.

Once you are approved to take your internship and have identified an appropriate writing-intensive internship, you will initiate and complete an internship contract with the on-the-job supervisor. All specific tasks must be clearly identified and agreed upon between you and the supervisor. The contract must be signed by you, the supervisor, and department chair.

You will keep a log of daily activities, create a portfolio illustrating samples of your work, and a 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 department chair at the end of the semester. You should see the Department Chair regarding offerings of this course.

View a sample CM 400 syllabus


Internship Tips

  • You are encouraged to 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.
  • Consult the Communication Arts Internship Opportunities website for up-to-date communication internship opportunities.
  • If you have difficulty contacting a potential employer, email the Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Kristin Scroggin at kts0001@uah.edu for assistance.
  • You are encouraged to consult UAH Career Services for support in resume and cover letter development, interview preparation, networking assistance, and more.