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Why do an Internship in the Communication Department?

Internships are becoming increasingly important for student and alumni career aspirations. Working as an intern cannot only help prepare students to be more marketable employees, but internships also allow students to gain valuable work experience, to network, and to gain clarity on their career path.

Communication Studies and Corporate Communication majors are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one internship during their time at Belmont.  Students can get course credit for internships in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. In addition, internships for course credit can either be paid or unpaid. Students may count up to three credit hours of internship courses for the Communication Studies or Corporate Communication major. Students may also complete additional internships to count toward free elective hours.

Recent interns in the Communication Studies department have worked in diverse fields such as corporate communication, non-profit, law, government, marketing, music business, event planning, public relations, and more. A few examples of recent intern sites include: American Heart Association, Country Music Television (CMT), Mayor Megan Barry’s office, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, Nissan North America, and Warner Music Nashville.

If you have any questions about internships in the Department of Communication Studies, contact Dr. Nathan Webb.

How Do I Find an Internship?

It is usually best to start the process of looking for an internship several months before you hope to begin. Students can find internships in the following ways:

  • Internships opportunities are frequently updated on the Communication Department’s blog.
  • Internship postings are regularly emailed to majors and minors.
  • A master list of recent internship sites can be obtained from Dr. Webb.
  • You can find internships through Belmont’s career management system, Handshake.
  • Students may find their own internships in consultation with the Communication Studies Department.

How Do I Get Course Credit for an Internship? 

  1. After you secure an internship, fill out an application prior to the start of the internship and email the application to Dr. Webb. Instructor approval is required for COM Internships.
  2. Once your internship application is approved by Dr. Webb and a registration override is provided, register for COM 3000 (1-3 credit hours).
    • A minimum of 45 hours of work in a semester equals one credit hour.
    • A minimum of 90 hours of work in a semester equals two credit hours.
    • A minimum of 135 hours of work in a semester equals three credit hours.
  3. Fill out an internship agreement at the beginning of the internship. This form will need to be signed by both the student and his/her supervisor.
  4. Complete your work at the internship and turn in three assignments throughout the semester.

At the end of the semester, Dr. Webb will obtain an internship evaluation from the student’s supervisor.