Internships

Department of Communication Studies Internship Program - COMM 4410/4445

Interested in doing a COMM 4410/4445 Professional Internship?

The Canvas course where you'd normally find the Internship Program Online Orientation is under construction so please email Internship Director, Ms. Staci Kuntzman, at svkuntzm@uncc.edu to request a copy. Everything you need to know about registering for Comm 4410/4445 or Jour 4410 is included in the Orientation. Since the Canvas course is under construction, students don't need to worry about taking the quiz that is mentioned in the Orientation.
The forms discussed in the Orientation will also be emailed to you by Ms. Kuntzman upon request.  At the point you get an internship offer, Forms I and III will be completed as Word documents and emailed to Ms. Kuntzman thereafter.  Form III, included on the last page of the Internship Employer Packet, must be completed by the person who offers you an internship, who should then return the completed form to you.  You'll copy and paste the job description from Form III into Form I and fill in ALL the rest of your information.  If any information is left blank, there will be a delay in issuing your permit until both forms are entirely completed.  You won't be able to register until Ms. Kuntzman issues your permit, but there is an indefinite number of seats available, so don't worry about getting into the course.
 

Information students will receive during the Internship Program Online Orientation includes:

  • Where and how to contact potential internship sponsors
  • The difference between a 49ership and an internship
  • Eligibility requirements to register for an internship (Comm 4410/4445)
  • Assignments for Comm 4410/4445
  • What to do when you get an internship offer
  • Steps to registering for Comm 4410/4445

Internship Math

There are two options for the amount of time students spend on-site during the semester:

  • 3 credit hours = 120 hours on site
  • 6 credit hours = 240 hours on site

Fall/Spring semesters (15 weeks):     

  • 8 hours per week = 120 hours
  • –16 hours per week = 240 hours

Summer Sessions I and II (10 weeks):

  • 12 hours per week = 120 hours
  • 24 hours per week = 240 hours

**Summer tuition rates apply to the registration of 4410, just like all other courses where you must

 pay for the credit hours you are registered for. 

Eligibility requirements for Comm 4410/4445:

  1. Students must complete the online orientation to the internship program.
  2. Students must be of junior or senior standing (60+ hours on your transcript)
  3. The student must be a communication major or minor, or journalism minor. 
  4. The student must have a 2.0 or better overall grade point average. 
  5. The student must have completed certain track requirements. Students majoring in Communication  Studies must have completed only those courses in their track: 
  •   Mass Media COMM 3120 or COMM 4101 
  •   Public Advocacy COMM 2102, COMM 2103, or COMM 3130 
  •   Organizational COMM 3141 
  •   Public Relations JOUR 2160 and COMM 2145 
  •   Journalism JOUR 2160 and JOUR 3160 
  •   Health COMM 2100 and COMM 3115 

       6. Students minoring in Communication Studies must have completed 1 of the following 5 courses before being eligible to commence an internship. 

  •   COMM 3115-Health Communication 
  •   COMM 3120-Mass Media 
  •   COMM 3130-Communication & Public Advocacy 
  •   COMM 3141-Organizational Communication 
  •   COMM 2145-Principles of PR

Internship Blog

Read about an mass media major's reflection of the importance of the internship program. 

1st Blog Entry

2nd Blog Entry

3rd Blog Entry

Announcement for Interns:

The deadline to register for Comm 4410 this summer is Monday, May 20 and the deadline to register for Comm 4410 this fall is Wednesday, August 21.