Student and Sponsor Guidelines for Communication Internships

Purpose of the Internship Experience

Internship courses are designed to provide Communication students with professional work experience. In the bachelor's program, internships may be taken at the beginning of one’s studies (COMMUN 298) or during the junior and senior years (COMMUN 698). In the Masters’ program, internships (COMMUN 998) should be taken near the end of the degree program. Internship experience’s are intended to: introduce students to the workplace; assist students in career choice and development decisions, and help bridge the gap between formal education and the professional work world.

Student and Sponsor Information

Advertised Internships: All internship sponsors must publicly advertise the availability of the internship in a manner that allows equal access to the advertisement by all UW Milwaukee students. If a sponsor does not advertise the internship on UWM’s PantherJobs http://www4.uwm.edu/cdc/employer_posting.html, a URL or hardcopy of the advertisement must be provided with the student’s application to register for COMMUN 298, 698, or 998. The Department of Communication will make no exceptions to this rule.
Types of Work: The student should be permitted to observe and participate in a wide variety of professional job activities. In no case should the student be used as a substitute for a regular employee. The student's work should constitute a learning experience with as much breadth as possible. A student should not be assigned to a single task during his/her internship experience, nor should the student be given exclusively clerical work. At the outset of the internship experience, the intern sponsor and the student should agree upon the nature of the assignment and the basic work schedule. Any changes to this agreement should be reported to the Director of Communication Internships.
Required Hours: One academic credit requires 40 hours of internship placement. Enrolling in three credits therefore requires a total of 120 hours of internship experience.
Receiving Academic Credit: Academic credit is not given for the number of hours of internship placement. Academic credit is given for the successful completion of academic exercises (e.g. papers, readings) completed during the internship.
Internship Work Schedules: The student must negotiate with the intern sponsor to find a mutually acceptable schedule. In general, a student should not be scheduled to work during a time in which the professional supervisor is not present. Any changes in the agreed-upon schedule or internship responsibilities should be reported to the Director of Communication Internships or in the case of graduate student internships to the supervising faculty member.

For further information contact Kathryn Fonner (Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of Communication Internships) at fonner@uwm.edu

Department of Communication
Johnston Hall 210
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
2522 E. Hartford Ave.
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-4261
commdept@uwm.edu