|-Area Supervisors & Contact Info
-Internships & Experiential Learning
-Choosing an Agency
-Application Submission Dates and Information
-The Application Process
-Course Registration & Description
Studies Department Chairperson:
Supervisor - Audio/Radio/TV, & Digital Media
Supervisor - Communication Studies
An internship is an experiential learning activity in which a student gets practical experience that enhances his/her skills and knowledge. When you intern, you work with industry professionals who serve as mentors and are invested in your progress. Although enhancement of skills is one benefit of an internship, an internship is about more than skill development. An internship is a learning opportunity. Because of this, the credits you earn for an internship are not earned because you have worked at an agency, but because you have engaged in a learning experience and revealed your knowledge to supervisors at the university and at the agency. Your knowledge will manifest itself in the projects you create and the tasks you complete at the agency, your professional performance at the internship site, and your written reflections in which you make connections between what you learn at the agency and what you learned in the classroom. Along with the internship site supervisors and mentors, faculty members in the Communication Studies Department are an essential part of your internship experience. Faculty members answer your questions and evaluate the various expressions of your knowledge. You, your faculty, and the agency supervisors work as a team to help make your Communication Internship a successful experience!
Experience (Summer only)
Site Experience - Hours/Credits*
at Agency (Summer only):
Capstone Experience - Hours/Credits*
at Agency (Fall/Spring
Internship opportunities are not available during Wintersession (due to the limited time availability).
*Please note that internship credits are general education elective credits. These credits do not count toward your major (although they are included in the calculation of your major GPA).
Area of Interest: Please select an internship opportunity based on your area of study.
Summer - Site Experience
Fall/Spring - Capstone
You must earn a "B-" or better in the prerequisite course(s) of the internship area(s) in which you are applying:
There are 2 ways to select an agency:
1) Choose an established agency.
2) Choose a new
Some obvious factors that will likely play a role in determining your preferred internship agency include location, agency need, internship responsibilities, and your academic situation. Other factors to consider may be level of competition for internship, size of agency, access to equipment, or agency application requirements.
Some agencies are large enough that they have their own internship offices from which all correspondence from PSU is sent. Many organizations in New York City operate this way. Often, these agencies have their own application deadlines, application forms to complete, application fees, and requirements. It is possible that you will need to apply directly to the agency before you apply to the Department of Communication (or vice-versa). In these cases, you must go through two separate application processes for the internship you desire. It is possible that you will meet the agency’s requirements but not the requirements set forth by the Communication Studies Department. You must meet the Department’s requirements to earn credit through the Communication Studies Department. It is possible that the internship committee will approve you for an internship at an agency but that the agency does not choose you to be an intern. When this happens it tends to be when students want internships with large organizations where competition for internships is intense. Please be aware that it can take a long time to get in contact with appropriate individuals at some agencies, particularly large agencies.
**Please note that ALL internship agencies must have Certificate of Insurance paperwork on file with SUNY Plattsburgh before ANY internship can occur. This paperwork only has to be filed once every 5 years. First time (new) agencies may take as long as 6 months to complete this process. No students are allowed to begin their internship until this paperwork is completed and on file. (This means that already established agencies are ready-to-go. New agencies may not complete the paperwork in time for your to complete your graduation schedule.) This insurance requirement is a SUNY mandate and may not be changed/altered due to legal requirements/obligations.
There are two options regarding application submissions:
1) Applications may be
submitted for pre-approval at any time (once you have successfully met all
enrollment requirements listed above).
Applications may be submitted
for specific agency opportunities up to 2 weeks before the agencies'
Where do I get the
Summer Internship Application (for Site Experience)
Fall/Spring Internship Application (for Capstone Experience)
Where do the applications get submitted?
All applications and supporting documents need to be properly completed and dropped off to the Department of Communication Studies secretary, Carol Laporte in Yokum 103.
1. Complete the Communication
Internship Application (as soon as your are eligible)
2. Select an internship agency
3. Submit application, letter, resumè, & degree works profile report
4. Wait for approval letter /
notification (within 2 weeks of submission).
5. Update your resumè and cover letter (work with the Career Development Center) to maximize your selection by the agency you're applying to.
6. Apply to the agency. Follow their requirements/procedures.
7. Interview with the agency.
8. Upon agency approval, notify your internship supervisor**.
9. The Communication Department internship supervisor will coordinate the development of your learning contract with the internship agency.
10. You register for the internship course.
11. You fulfill your hourly work obligations with the agency.
12. While at the agency, you submit a weekly journal to your communication internship supervisor.
13. At completion of the internship, your communication supervisor acquires your final evaluation from the agency site supervisor.
14. You and your communication supervisor review your final evaluation and your final grade is submitted for the course.
**Please note that ALL internship agencies must have Certificate of Insurance paperwork on file with SUNY Plattsburgh before ANY internship can occur. This paperwork only has to be filed once every 5 years. First time agencies may take as long as 6 months to complete this process. No students are allowed to begin their internship until this paperwork is completed and on file. (This means that already established agencies are ready-to-go. New agencies may not complete the paperwork on time for the student's graduation schedule.) This insurance requirement is a SUNY mandate and may not be changed/altered due to legal requirements/obligations.
If you are approved for an internship, you must register for the course. Part-time interns enroll in CMM498A (6 credits) and full-time interns enroll in CMM498B (12 credits).
Keep in mind that, although you may register for the course after approval from the Professional Internship in Communication course committee, a learning contract should be constructed and signed by you, the site supervisor, and your area supervisor before the internship begins.
Your final internship course grade will be based on:
--Evaluations from site supervisor
Although evaluations from your internship supervisor are taken into consideration when determining your final grade, your site supervisor does not assign grades - only your faculty supervisor will determine your final grade in the course.
Additionally, full-time interns may be asked to submit a portfolio of their work--or deliver a presentation at the end of the semester. This presentation will be open to faculty and students interested in learning about your internship experience.
completely changed my life. [A
professor] talked me into it and I wouldn’t be here today without my
“I had one internship at a radio station. It was a good
“My internship is the main reason I’m working in TV—best
thing I ever did”
“I interned with NBC. It
was an INVALUABLE experience”
“Some tasks I do regularly today, I was taught in my internship”
“The internship gave me hands-on experience to