COMM 431: Requirements for an Internship in Organizational Communication

Dr. Kevin Baaske
Office: MUS 250 / Phone: 323-343-4203

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.