Did you know that many internships lead to job offers? Did you know that the department of Communication has an internship program?

Have you considered taking advantage of the opportunity to gain college credit at the same time you gain experience in your chosen field and a nice hit on your resume? Internships (COM 49000) provide just such an opportunity.

In addition to the available internships listed below, you may find your own internship. If you discuss the details with Dr. Scott Smithson (TECH 276) in advance of participating, he may be able to arrange for you to receive credit for the internship if you qualify. Download the Communication Internship Program Student Packet.

Internship Program Requirements

It is suggested that students interested in internships consult with the Career Center,
Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 132, before proceeding. It is possible that you may be eligible for an internship that is already available (communication internship must be located by the student). Please note that most communication internships are located by the student.

For the Communication Internship Program, you must:

  • Have completed 50% of your major classes (have at least a junior class standing),
  • Be in good academic standing, having and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, or have consent of the Internship Director, Dr. Scott Smithson
  • AND have taken at least 3 Communication classes.

If you meet those requirements, and you have a tentative internship site, then you can complete the STUDENT RECOMMENDATION form in its entirety. This form requires that you:

  • Have the approval of your major advisor
  • Obtain one recommendation from a Purdue University North Central faculty or staff member (not necessarily from your major field), stating your fitness to participate in the internship program.

Pages 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Communication Internship Program Student Packet should be turned in, along with a copy of your current resume, to Dr. Scott Smithson, Chair, Department of Communication, Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. US 421, Westville, IN 46391-9528, for final approval. You will be contacted within two weeks to discuss your status.

Unless otherwise noted, internships are Pass/No Pass. Approximately 80 hours of employment equals one credit. Interns are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and follow the sponsoring company’s rules and regulations.

Internship evaluation will be based on the following:

  • Student self-evaluation, a daily log, and a final report on the internship.
  • The evaluation of the student’s performance by the student’s direct supervisor at the employing firm.
  • The Faculty Internship Coordinator’s evaluation of the student’s performance.

A complete package of internship materials is available from Dr. Scott Smithson. Available internships will be posted outside of Dr. Smithson’s office, TECH 276.