Internships are designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge they have gained from the classroom. With guidance and supervision of professionals and a faculty advisor, student interns are able to sharpen their communication skills and learn new and challenging ways in which to apply them. Not only does this experience broaden and enhance the student's academic career, it also strengthens his or her chances of landing career related positions upon graduation. In addition, internship experiences help students make more informed career choices.
A number of paid and unpaid Speech Communication internships exist for interested and qualified students. Positions are available in a variety of local organizations and on U.T.'scampus. Internship responsibilities focus on both written and oral communication. Interns maybe involved in public relations, personnel, employee relations, sales, marketing, advertising, andresearch. In addition, some interns receive training and experience in public speaking, fund-raising, and employee training.
Students can receive up to three hours credit in one semester for an internship. To receive three hours of credit, interns must work at least 10 hours per week for the participating organization. These credits will count toward the total number of hours needed to fulfill the requirements for a Speech Communication major.
A student may take more than one internship for credit, but only three hours can be counted among those required for a Speech Communication major. Only three hours can be earned in any one semester.
Internships are available in fall and spring semesters and during the summer term.
Students interested in an internship should file a resume and complete the application form prior to the beginning of the term for which the internship is to be completed. Once an internship is secured, the student must complete a Learning Contract and file it with the Internship Director.
1) Work 10-12 hours per week for a participating organization.
2) Attend 2 or 3 meetings with the Internship Director.
3) Keep a daily log of internship experiences.
4) Write a paper analyzing communication in the organization.
Internships are usually reserved for junior or senior Speech Communication majors or minors. For further information concerning eligibility requirements, contact Dr. John Haas.