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Communication and Public Relations Internships

Communication Studies (CMST) at SIU recognizes the importance of hands-on, experiential learning for academic and career development. We are proud that we have a tradition of helping students earn credit for practical experiences. On this page, learn more about internship opportunities and how to complete the process to obtain internships for academic credit. Practical experience, including internships, increase students’ marketability.

We allow students to take up to nine internship and practical experience credits. This is more than most other academic programs at SIU or other Communication programs at other universities! Just another great reason to choose SIU Communication Studies!

SIU Communication Studies graduates have completed the following internship opportunities in recent years:

  • Boeing Corporation (St. Louis)
  • American Heart Association (Chicago)
  • Palmer House Hilton (Chicago)
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare (Carbondale)
  • Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)
  • Talk, Inc. (Wilmington, N.C.)
  • Careerbuilder.com (Chicago)
  • Southern Illinois Miners (Marion)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Louis)
  • Spectrum Science Communication
  • Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations
  • U.S. Department of State (Brussels)
  • Defense Finance Accounting Services (Indianapolis)
  • @Properties (Chicago)
  • and many others

Frequently Asked Questions

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Details for Applied Communication Internships for credit

Important: You MUST complete this process BEFORE beginning an internship. Credit cannot be given for internships already started or completed. The information on this page only applies if you are doing an internship for credit. You can search, find, and complete an internship on your own if you are not seeking academic credit.

To receive academic credit, students need to search for an internship and complete the following steps after receiving an employment offer. All steps must be met for paid or unpaid internships receiving academic credit.

Step 1. Download and read syllabus guidelines
Download the Course Syllabus and Notes
Note: Students can earn between 1 to 6 credit hours of academic credit, and each credit hour requires 35 clock hours of internship work.

Step 2. Complete the necessary form
Download the Internship Details Form
As noted in this document, students must supply with this form a description of activities (on company letterhead) OR a job ad/position description and an offer letter from the company.

Step 3. Submit paperwork to the coordinator of CMST internships
Email all of the paperwork to the current coordinator of CMST internships (contact information above).

Step 4. Internship provider completes an official SIU Memo of Understanding (Off-Campus Internships Only; NOT required for on-campus internships)
This is something that is taken care of on our end; however, note that you will be copied in the initial email to the internship provider, and you may need to follow up with them if they are not completing the necessary paperwork in a timely manner. Follow-up with the internship provider is YOUR responsibility. This document certifies that the internship provider meets the necessary legal requirements to protect our students.

Be advised that it is not uncommon for organizations to reject signing the legal agreement or provide the additional required information requested. In these cases, students CANNOT receive academic credit. However, students can still do the internship on their own. Once we receive the paperwork back from the internship provider/organization, we then must submit the paperwork for the following signatures: Dean, Provost, SIU Legal Counsel. This process can take more than a month. Student CAN NOT register for internship credit prior to SIU Legal signing the forms.

Step 5. Register for Credit
Be advised that it is not uncommon for organizations to reject signing the legal agreement or provide the additional required information requested. In these cases, students CANNOT receive academic credit. However, students can still do the internship on their own. Once we receive the paperwork back from the internship provider/organization, we then must submit the paperwork for the following signatures: Dean, Provost, SIU Legal Counsel. This process can take more than a month. Student CAN NOT register for internship credit prior to SIU Legal signing the forms.

Sections:

  • CMST 494A-1 to 6 Internship-Communication Pedagogy.
  • CMST 494B-1 to 6 Internship-Debate
  • CMST 494C-1 to 6 Internship-Intercultural Communication
  • CMST 494D-1 to 6 Internship-Interpersonal Communication
  • CMST 494E-1 to 6 Internship-Organizational Communication
  • CMST 494F-1 to 6 Internship-Performance Studies.
  • CMST 494G-1 to 6 Internship-Persuasive Communication.
  • CMST 494H-1 to 6 Internship-Public Relations

Step 6. Complete Internship & Submit Portfolio
You will need to submit all required end-of-internship paperwork to receive credit for the course. Failure to complete all of the required paperwork will result in a failing grade. You will submit this work via D2L or other digital means established by the internship coordinator.

Additional Information & Helpful Resources

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