Information for Interns

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The internship program is for campus-based students.  ASUonline students may apply for the BIS internship program by contacting the instructor of the BIS 484 course.

Program Details

The internship program is two-fold:

  • Students must complete an internship with an approved organization (number of hours will depend on the credit hours taken).
  • Students must complete a series of assignments through an online class. Assignments are geared toward increasing students' career knowledge and skills. There is no face-to-face class time. Students will complete the requirements for the online course.

Internships consist of supervised field experiences and are available to qualified upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. An internship is an opportunity for you to pragmatically apply your communication expertise to a professional setting. You will also learn about communication dynamics gleaned from practical experience.

  • Up to six credit hours of internship are available. The first three units (COM 484) receive a letter grade. The second three credits are "Y" credit only.
  • To earn three credits, the internship must include at least 160 hours of work. To earn six credits, a minimum of 320 hours is required.
  • COM 484 is an online course. There are no required face-to-face meetings.
  • To be eligible for the internship program you must meet the following minimum requirements:
         1. You must be a declared Communication major.
         2. You must have at least a 2.50 GPA.
         3. You must have at least 56 credit hours.
         4. You must have completed COM 207, COM 225, and COM 308 with a
             "C" (2.00) or better.
         5. You must complete and submit an application before the deadline for
             the semester in which you wish to do your internship. The internship
             coordinator and director are the only people who can approve your
             internship application and permit you to enroll in the course.

You will receive information about pre-approved internship opportunities through the internship Blackboard site. We do not place people in positions, and we cannot guarantee that you will find an internship.

Application Information

Download and print the Student Application Packet. Complete the application and deliver it to the main communication office (Stauffer Hall, A412).  We will contact you via e-mail after the deadline and let you know if you’ve been accepted into the program.

It is necessary that you plan ahead so that you meet the deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted. You must apply for every semester you wish to complete an internship. If you have applied in the past but did not participate in the program, you must re-apply.

  • Applications for spring semester internships are due between September 15 and October 15 no later than 5 pm
  • Applications for summer session internships are due between March 15 and April 15 no later than 5 pm
  • Applications for fall semester internships are due between June 15 and July 15 no later than 5 pm

Note: if the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be 5 pm on the next business day.

Locating an Internship

In order to participate in our program, it must be clear that the proposed job duties are directly related to the knowledge and skill set of a communication major. The intern and his/her mentor should work together to ensure that the internship meets all requirements discussed in the Information for Sponsors section on the Blackboard site.

The following resources are offered to you as avenues for locating an internship and a mentor:

  • Sun Devil career link http://students.asu.edu/career/sdcl This resource is available for both post college jobs and student internships.
  • Finding an internship on your own: If you have found an organization to sponsor you but they are not listed on this web site, have the company representative access the Information for Sponsors page for information. NOTE: Make sure your sponsor sends his or her application at least 5 weeks before the semester begins. All internships require an approval process.  Also, certain internships are not applicable and will be rejected.