Internship details

Work Hours

Advertising (ADV)

  • 1- and 3-hour internship courses require at least 180 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require 250-300 work hours in a semester or summer session

Communication (COM)

  • 1- and 3-hour internship courses require at least 150 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 300 work hours in a semester or summer session

Communication and Leadership (CLD)

  • 3-hour internship courses require at least 150 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 300 work hours in a semester or summer session

Communication Studies (CMS)

  • 3-hour internship courses require at least 100 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 200 work hours in a semester or summer session

Journalism (J)

  • 1- and 3-hour internship courses require at least 150 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 300 work hours in a semester or summer session

Public Relations (P R)

  • 1- and 3-hour internship courses require at least 180 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require 250-300 work hours in a semester or summer session

Radio-Television-Film (RTF)

  • 1- and 3-hour internship courses require at least 160 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 320 work hours in a semester or summer session

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLH)/Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

  • 3-hour internship courses require at least 100 work hours in a semester or summer session
  • 6-hour internship courses require at least 200 work hours in a semester or summer session

Internship Guidelines

Advertising (ADV) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

Students must attend a mandatory orientation, as well as a certain number of the guest speaker lectures (no orientation or lectures required in summer session). They must also complete three reading assignments and submit a final report. Both you and your supervisor are required to complete midterm and final evaluations on your internship performance. No more than two unpaid internship applications per organization will be approved for credit.Students who are majoring in another college and pursuing the Sports Media Certificate should send an email with their name, EID, semester, course number, and unique number to comm-studentservices@austin.utexas.edu for permission to register.

Please see the internship webpage on the Stan Richards School website for more information.

Communication (COM) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

COM 350: In order to be approved, your internship must provide a legitimate opportunity for you to explore and gain professional experience in a career area related to communication and/or the focus of minor that your internship relates to. 

COM 323 (any topic): You must be officially pursuing the associated minor in order to register for a COM 323 internship course. If you have questions about how to add a minor to your degree, please see your academic advisor.

Communication and Leadership (CLD) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

In order to be approved, your internship must provide a legitimate opportunity for you to explore and gain professional experience in a career area related to communication.

Communication Studies (CMS) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

The internship host organization or supervisor must be a professional company or individual currently active in and with considerable experience in some aspect of communication or communication-related activities. As an intern, you must be engaged in meaningful activities with this organization in order to receive course credit.  Internships must be at an established place of business and not a home office.

No more than 25% of interns' time should be spent doing clerical work. Intern supervisors MUST meet with and work with interns on a regular basis. Intern supervisors MUST complete a contract with the intern at the beginning of the semester and an evaluation of the intern's performance at the end of the semester.

Discussions and assignments will be required throughout the semester via Canvas. The instructor will alert students regarding procedures when they enroll. 

Please see the CMS internship webpage for more information. 

Journalism (J) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

The internship host organization or supervisor must be a full-time journalism practitioner with considerable experience and, preferably, membership in a journalistic organization such as: The Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Broadcasters, American Society of Magazine Editors, The American Copy Editors Society, or National Press Photographers Association.

Please click here for more information about securing an internship, applying for credit, and succeeding throughout the semester.

Journalism Virtual/Web-Based Internships

Any student wanting to earn credit for a web-based internship must be able to provide upon request, in writing from his/her internship professional supervisor, assurances concerning:

  • Supervision – the intern shall be guaranteed regular (at least daily) contact with his/her supervisor.

  • Feedback – the intern shall be guaranteed detailed, regular written communication and critique of his/her work by the supervisor or appropriate designee.

  • Duties – the intern shall secure a written list of his/her duties prior to securing permission from the appropriate faculty supervisor.

  • Objectives – the intern shall secure a list of internship objectives prior to securing permission from the appropriate faculty supervisor.

  • Portfolio – the intern shall not engage in any internship that does not provide samples for the intern’s career portfolio.

These assurances will be provided in addition to any and all requirements for the internship course, its reporting procedures and duties for professional supervisors. No internship credit application will be approved until all of the above have been fulfilled. The internship faculty supervisor of record still reserves the right to issue a pass/fail grade as s/he determines best regardless.

Public Relations (P R) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

Students must attend a mandatory orientation, as well as a certain number of the guest speaker lectures (no orientation or lectures required in summer session). They must also complete three reading assignments and submit a final report. Both you and your supervisor are required to complete midterm and final evaluations on your internship performance. No more than two unpaid internship applications per organization will be approved for credit.

Please see the internship webpage on the Stan Richards School website for more information.

Radio-Television-Film (RTF) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

 The internship host organization or supervisor must be a professional company or individual currently active in and with considerable experience in some aspect of the film, video, television, audio, "new media", telecommunications or radio industry. As an intern, you must be engaged in meaningful activities within one of these media in order to receive credit. Internships must be at an established place of business and not a home office.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLH)/Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

The internship host supervisor must be at a full-time site, under a licensed, ASHA-certified practitioner in speech-language pathology and/or audiology or board certified in audiology through the accreditation commission for audiology education.

UTLA and UTNY subject to updates due to COVID-19 situation.

Please see the respective program webpages for more information.

Faculty Supervisors

Instructors are the same for summer courses offered through University Extension as for in-residence courses.

Course Description Faculty
CLD 351 Internship in Communication and Leadership Jennifer Jones Barbour
CMS 307K Lower Division Communication Studies Internship Dina Inman
CMS 370K Internship in Communication Studies Keri Stephens
COM 323.1 Minor in Sports Media Internship Michael Butterworth
COM 323.2 Minor in Social Change Internship Diana Dawson
COM 323.3 Minor in Global Communication Internship Shiv Ganesh
COM 323.4 Minor in Science Communication Internship Anthony Dudo
COM 350 Communication Internship Ladd Flock
J 160G Practicum in Journalism (1 hour) Diana Dawson
J 360F Internship in Broadcast or Non-Broadcast Journalism Diana Dawson
J 660F UTNY Journalism Internship Diana Dawson
RTF 178 Practicum in Radio-Television-Film (1 hour) Margaret Steinhauer
RTF 330L  Radio-Television-Film Major Internship Margaret Steinhauer
RTF 330M  Minor in Digital Media Internship Margaret Steinhauer
RTF 330N  Minor in Media and Entertainment Industries Internship Margaret Steinhauer
RTF 660N  UTNY RTF Internship Margaret Steinhauer

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