COMM 431: Requirements for an Internship in Organizational Communication
Advisor for Fall 2011: Dr. Lena Chao
Office: MUS 248 / Phone: 323-343-4264
An internship is an excellent opportunity for the student to learn more about communication in the workplace. Internships also provide students a view of prospective career paths from an on-site vantage point, a chance to network with professionals, and a place to apply their understanding of the processes of human communication.
- Students must be in good academic standing.
- Students must have successfully completed COMM 300 and COMM 330 (or 430).
- Students must find their own internships, but the faculty advisor must approve the internship.
- Students should work for their employer for at least 5-10 hours per week.
- Students must write their faculty sponsor weekly emails, in the form of field notes, regarding his/her experiences.
- At the end of the term students need to write a 15-20 page research paper that:
- summarizes these experiences,
- analyzes their internship activities through the lens of organizational communication theories and concepts,
- provides suggestions for process and organizational communications improvements and
- cites relevant literature as appropriate.
Students should complete an Independent Study/Internship Approval form (available in the Department office, MUS 104) and submit the proposal to the faculty internship advisor.