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Internship Seminars

CMN 300, 325, and 340 are the School of Communication Internship Seminar courses. These courses are taught by SoC EPICs (External Programs, Internships, and Career Services) Career Advisors and are designed to accompany a student’s professional internship experience. By engaging in active reflection on professional experimentation and immersing oneself in the chosen industry, students will develop insights and cultivate a deeper understanding of their career goals. This course involves collaborating closely with both instructors and internship supervisors to formulate personalized objectives that not only enhance existing skills but also unveil new avenues for exploration and growth. Moreover, active participation within a community of peers, instructors, and industry professionals fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas, enabling valuable discussions about prevalent challenges, emerging trends, and the overall cultural landscape within their chosen industries. This collaborative approach ensures a well-rounded perspective and equips students with the tools needed to navigate the intricate pathways of their chosen field.

Policies and Procedures:

  1. Secure an internship. Assistance is available from EPICS career advisors.
  2. Apply to enroll in one of the CMN courses for the quarter during which you will be working at your internship. The application is accessible on Handshake and requires an offer letter from the employer and a description of the job duties.
  3. Consult with your academic advisor to determine the appropriate number of credits for the Internship Seminar. You have the flexibility to choose fewer credits if desired. For CMN 340, the credit options are as follows:
    1. 8-15 hours/week = 1 credit
    2. 16-23 hours/week = 2 credits
    3. 24-31 hours/week = 3 credits
    4. 32-40 hours/week = 4 credits
  4. Ensure internship dates overlap with the quarter dates by a minimum of 8 weeks to qualify for one or more credits of CMN 340. If the internship does not overlap with 8 weeks of the quarter, please discuss options with your academic advisor.
  5. Attend the internship seminar once a week, typically in the evenings. In the summer quarter, the seminar convenes online.
  6. CMN 300 (0 credit) and CMN 325 (0.25 credits) are available every quarter and are options for students whose internships do not fit into the parameters above or who do not want to add on additional credits for a variety of reasons.
  7. Visit the EPICS Undergraduate Internship website for more information.