Why should I get an internship?
Internships are beneficial in a variety of ways, including:
Securing an internship is a helpful step in gaining experience for successful full-time employment down the road.
You can earn course credit through COMM 575 and apply communication studies concepts outside the classroom.
Build your network! Any position you work in provides an opportunity to grow your professional network.
When should I get an internship?
Common practice for many students is to complete an internship during their junior year, but you can complete an internship during any semester. The internship course (COMM 575) can be completed over Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. While you can only earn credit for COMM 575 once, consider the value of completing multiple internships to learn how to apply communication skills to multiple positions.
How do I get an internship?
Meet with Travis Smith, the Communication Studies Internship Coordinator, 2-3 months in advance of the targeted internship semester to discuss initial interest in an internship and what it entails. You will talk about possible areas of interest to narrow what types of internships to target, including paid versus unpaid. Many internships have application deadlines, so it is important to schedule your meeting well in advance before you want to start an internship.
To give you a sense of what internships the Career Center knows is available or opportunities in the future, follow these steps:
Sign up for a Handshake account through the K-State Career Center
Make an appointment with a representative from the Career Center to get started though this link: https://www.k-state.edu/careercenter/handshake/appointment.html
After you’ve found an internship or internships you want to apply for, set up another meeting with Travis Smith to discuss applications, potential targeted internships, go over your resume and cover letter, and go over details moving forward for getting class credit.
Travis Smith, Ph. D., Communication Studies Internship Coordinator
Ashley Motley, Career Center liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences for Undergraduate Students
Andrew Kohls, Career Center liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences for Graduate Students
Where have Comm Studies majors interned in the past?
Sporting Kansas City
Lee Media Group
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Aggieville Business Association
Global Orphan Project