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A Competitive Edge

Internships are designed to help students enrich their education and supplement classroom studies with practical experience. Moreover, internships help students prepare for prospective employment and occasionally earn credit towards their degrees. Internships provide students with a competitive edge when seeking employment.

USU JCOM students have interned with media outlets across the state, in Congressional offices in D.C., and on the campaign trail. Check out opportunities available today.

Students Internships and Careers

About 75% of JCOM students serve at least one professional internship—with news organizations, businesses, university PR and academic departments, political leaders and other entities—during their student careers, putting their classroom studies to work in real-world settings. This is part of JCOM’s goal of “Learning by Doing,” which has students writing, researching and doing the work of mass communication from Day One. 

JCOM Internship Guidelines

The requirements for a JCOM-approved internship are generally as follows:

1. Student must be engaged in real-world professional communication-related activities (e.g., writing news releases or stories, creating PR materials, web sites, etc.). Office/clerical work is not acceptable.

2. Student and employer must provide a detailed job description of required duties and responsibilities.

3. A 3-credit JCOM internship requires 150 hours of work (10 hrs/wk for 15 weeks), with regular supervision and feedback from a workplace supervisor.

4. Approval and signatures of JCOM faculty advisor, the workplace supervisor and the student are required on a completed JCOM internship learning contract.

5. During internship, student must email faculty advisor at mid-term with a brief report/update on activities and how it's going.

6. After the internship is completed, student must provide faculty advisor with

a) 5-pp. report on internship activities and learning outcomes (or other final report negotiated with faculty advisor).

b) Portfolio of internship “work product”—i.e., press clippings, video productions, PR materials, etc., as appropriate to job description, to document professional activities.

c) Letter from workplace supervisor evaluating intern’s performance sent to faculty advisor and then to department head.