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Internships and Professional Development for Communication Majors
  • Qualified students work on-site with supervisory professionals in corporations, agencies, or non-profit organizations.

    Internship Coordinator

    Dr. Lois Foreman-Wernet email: 
    office phone: 236-6663 office: Huber-Spielman #27


    Depending on your area of interest, sign up for an internship under one of the following course numbers:

    • COMM 495 (Comm Studies/Organizational Communication Internship)
    • EMF 495 (Electronic Media and Film Internship)
    • PR 495 (Public Relations Internship)
    • TH 495 (Theatre Studies Internship)

    You can earn up to 12 credit hours for your internship work. Dr. Foreman-Wernet will help you determine how many internship hours that you should enroll for. Generally speaking, the following ratio applies:

    • 3 hours a week (or 45 hrs a semester) equals 1 credit hr;
    • 9 hours a week (or 135 hrs a semester) equals 3 credit hrs;
    • 18 hours a week (or 270 hrs a semester) equals 6 credit hrs; &
    • 36 hours a week (or 540 hrs a semester) equals 12 credit hrs.

    Also, if you’re interested and qualified, you can do more than one internship. Please note, though, that you cannot earn more than 12 internship hours within the Department of Communication.

    Internship Opportunities

    There are several ways to find out about available or possible internship opportunities:

    • Look for postings on our Department of Communication Facebook site
    • Contact Dr. Lois Foreman-Wernet (; 236-6663; H/SP 27).
    • Go to Career Development, in the basement of the Campus Center
    • Contact Eric Anderson (; 236-6573) at Career Development
    • Go to Crusader Careers 

    Internship Contact Sheet

    You must complete the Intern Contact Sheet (PDF) and return it to Dr. Foreman-Wernet before the end of the first full week of classes. (You can print and fill out the on-line form or pick one up from Dr. Foreman-Wernet.) If you’d like, you can complete the Intern Contact Sheet (PDF) prior to getting internship approval if you intend on taking an internship for credit in approaching semester.


    A. You are responsible for meeting requirements without reminders. Stay informed. Failure to meet requirements may result in a failing grade for the course.

    B. Internships must be approved by your advisor and Dr. Foreman-Wernet.

    C. You are responsible for obtaining an approved internship by the end of the first full week of classes. To approve the internship, Dr. Foreman-Wernet will need you to provide his with confirmation of your internship. Ask your On-Site Internship Supervisor to write you a
    confirmation letter on company letterhead that includes the following information:

    1. Confirmation of employment
    2. Job description
    3. Confirmation of minimum number of hours to be worked during the semester

    Your On-Site Internship Supervisor can fax the confirmation letter to Dr. Foreman-Wernet at (614) 236-6169, email it to her as a pdf file, or mail it to the following address:

    Dr. Lois Foreman-Wernet, Internship Coordinator
    Dept. of Communication, Huber-Spielman Hall
    1 College and Main, Capital University
    Columbus, OH 43209

    D. You must attend periodic, mandatory meetings with Dr. Lois Foreman-Wernet during the semester. Typically, these meetings will be scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 12:50pm.

    E. Do your best work at your internship.

    F. You need to keep a weekly log, and you’ll turn it in--with your 3-page paper-- on the Monday of the week that you do your presentation.

    G. You also need to turn in a 3-page, typed, double-spaced paper in which you relate your internship experience with your previous and current course work. In your paper, include a cover sheet with your name, the name of your company, and the dates of your internship. (The cover sheet does not count as part of your 3 pages.)

    In the paper, discuss the following three areas:

    1. what you feel that you gained from the experience,
    2. the most important elements of that experience, and
    3. suggestions about possible ways to improve the internship experience for future students.

    Turn in your paper with your weekly log.

    H. Finally, you will make a 12-minute presentation to the faculty of the Department of Communication in which you summarize the activities that you undertook as an intern.
    (For specifics about the structure of the presentation, please review the online guidelines.)

    I. Evaluations: Twice during the semester and once at the end of the semester, we will ask your On-site Internship Supervisor to use the Internship Evaluation Criteria Sheet (PDF) to evaluate your performance. We will use these evaluations when awarding your grade upon completion of the internship.

    It is your responsibility to ask/remind your On-Site Internship Supervisor to fill in evaluation forms.