Internships offer an invaluable way to gain work experience. You can sample potential careers and build your resume. Internships provide on-the-job application of communication knowledge/skills and additional training for seniors in Communication. The intern has an on-site supervisor who gives training and evaluation of work performance and an academic supervisor who directs the university requirements.
You can earn up to 12 credits of Comm 459 while gaining internship experience. One or more internships may total up to 12 credits; six credits may be applied toward the Communication Studies major and six toward university upper-division electives. This course is restricted to senior Communication Studies majors and General Studies/Communication majors who have departmentally approved-plans that include internship. For more information about this course see Comm 459–Internship in the Communication Studies courselist. You can also pick up an internship packet from the Communication Studies Department Manager in CF 295.
Recently, Communication Studies students have completed internships with the following organizations:
|Bellingham Red Cross||KVOS|
|Bellingham Police Department||KIRO|
|Boys and Girls Club Northwest||Trek|
|Disneyworld||Renton Technical College Foundation|
|CUSP, Inc.||Planned Parenthood|
|Georgia Pacific Corporation||Skagit Valley Herald|
|Haggen, Inc.||Whatcom Crisis Services|
|KISM||WWU Office of Alumni Relations|
The department maintains a file of internship opportunities in CF 295, as does the Career Services Center in OM . You may also locate internship opportunities on your own, through personal research or contacts with the organization. All internships require departmental approval.
How do I register for Comm
459, Field Internship in Communication?
After you have located and been approved by both
the Communication Internship faculty advisor and the
organization offering the internship, you and
your on-site supervisor should fill out the paperwork
provided by the Communication Studies department manager. When
you have completed the forms, have the departmental
internship faculty advisor sign them, make copies for
yourself, the on-site supervisor, and two copies
for the Communication Studies Department. Return the departmental
copies to CF 295.
Refer to Internship Procedures for further information.