The Communication Studies Department offers two general internship courses:
- CMS 301 is a 3-hour course, open to all UT majors who have a 2.5 GPA and have completed 3 or more credit hours of communication studies coursework with a grade of C or better from; CMS 306M, CMS 310K, CMS 313M, CMS 314L, CMS 315M, CMS 316L, or CMS 317C. CMS 301 may not be offered every semester.
- CMS 370K is a 3-hour course, open to all Communication Studies students who have fulfilled the prerequisites detailed below. You will be billed for 3 hours of credit when you register for this course.
- CMS 171M is a 1-hour course designed to offer students a second credit-based internship course, contingent upon completion of CMS 370K and permission from the department. See your academic advisor.
In addition, the Moody College of Communication offers COM 350 and 178 for students wishing to intern in an area outside of Communication Studies. These courses may count toward the Moody College of Communication's requirement that you take 6 hours of Communication coursework outside of your major department, or for elective credit.
The Moody College of Communication allows a maximum of 4 internship credit hours to count toward your degree. You must take the internship course during the same semester that you complete the internship. Retroactive credit for internships will not be granted under any circumstances.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor in order to best determine how these courses may fit into individual degree plans.
Receiving Course Credit
CMS majors: In order to take 301 or 370K, you must:
- meet the course prerequisites
- apply for permission to register for the course (see below)
- register for the course (once you have received permission)
- submit the appropriate internship application by the posted deadline (see below)
CMS 301 and 370K are both only offered on a credit/no credit basis.
Prerequisites for these courses are as follows:
- CMS 301: any major at UT; a minimum GPA of 2.5; completed 3 or more credit hours of communication studies coursework with a grade of C or better from; CMS 306M, CMS 310K, CMS 313M, CMS 314L, CMS 315M, CMS 316L, or CMS 317C.
- CMS 370K: a major in CMS; a minimum GPA of 2.25 at UT and in the Moody College; 12 Hours of Coursework in CMS (earning at least a C in each course); upper-division standing.
- COM 350: a major in CMS; a minimum GPA of 2.25 at UT and in the Moody College; 12 Hours of Coursework in CMS (earning at least a C in each course); upper-division standing.
- COM 178: CMS 370K or COM 350 and a minimum GPA of 2.25.
CMS 301 and 370K require students to intern 100-149 hours per semester (approximately 10 hours per week during the long semesters/12 hours per week during the summer session).
How the Course Works
CMS 301 and 370K internship courses are web-based and will NOT require attendance in a class. However, discussions and assignments will be required throughout the semester via Canvas. The instructor will alert students regarding procedures when they enroll.
Both courses are offered on a pass/fail basis only. They WILL count toward a degree in Communication Studies. This pass/fail course will not count against the total pass/fail courses (5) that students are allowed overall.
Acceptable Types of Internships
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. The acceptability of your internship will be evaluated using the position description provided as part of your internship application. 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 intern¹s performance at the end of the semester.
In addition, general guidelines for acceptable internships are:
- Beginning and end dates that are generally consistent with fall, spring or summer semester.
- Direct, on-site supervision by a working professional currently active in and with considerable experience in some aspect of a communication industry directly related to the work to be performed by the intern.
- The intern must be engaged in meaningful activities in a formal office/work setting (not remotely or at home-office).
- The host employer must provide all resources, workspace, and tools for the student-intern to complete assigned internship tasks/projects.
- A commitment to give interns substantive experience in the field, which can be documented in student’s internship report.
- A commitment to evaluate the intern’s performance at the midpoint and end of the semester, providing constructive and meaningful advice and feedback.
- The host employer company/organization is bonded and/or holds sufficient business and liability insurance to cover students interning with that employer and on their business premises or while on assignment for that employer off-site while completing his/her tasks as an intern.
The acceptability of your internship will be evaluated using the position description provided as part of your internship application.
Generally, interns must provide materials for review at the mid-point and end of the semester. Usually, these deliverables are internship journal entries and job summaries, however interns may be required to include more detailed items such as work samples. Specific details will be included in the course syllabus. Interns must also complete an end-of-semester evaluation of their internship experience.
Employers are also asked to provide mid-semester and final evaluations of the interns. The course instructor will contact employers at the appropriate time to collect these evaluations.
Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour (Summer, Fall and Spring semesters)
Dawna Ballard (Summer/Fall 2018)
Begin your application for CMS 301 or 370K