B.A. in Communication Internships

Mr. Dean S. Phillips, Undergraduate Internship Coordinator

Rising seniors and seniors: Put your new-found communication knowledge and skills to work with an internship in one of a variety of businesses, non-profits, government agencies, or educational institutions in the Triangle via the COM 496 course. Earn credits towards your degree during a regular semester or over the summer while getting real-world experience in the workplace. You’ll be better prepared for the job market and add to your résumé.  

While you are responsible for securing your own internship, the Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, Mr. Dean Phillips, will provide guidance and offer work experience suggestions based on your interests. See a sampling of companies and organizations that have recently hosted our interns. 

COM 496: Internship
The department’s B.A. in Communication internship course, COM 496, is open to Communication rising seniors and seniors. The course is required if you’ve chosen the Public Relations concentration. COM 496 is a 3.00 credit-hour course and requires a minimum commitment of 120 hours at the internship site per semester (approximately 10 hours per week; 15 hours per week in the 10-week summer session). The course also requires weekly attendance in classroom meetings.  

Mr. Phillips evaluates students in consultation with the internship site supervisor, and by reviewing the student-prepared internship portfolio. COM 496 is graded as "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory."

Because an internship offers a unique opportunity for exceptional students, several criteria must be met in order to be eligible for the program:

  • You must be a senior in communication (having completed a minimum of 90 hours) in the semester in which you are enrolled in COM 496 (preference will be given to seniors graduating at the end of said semester).
  • Completion of a minimum of four (4) Communication courses at the 300- or 400-level. Note: for students in the Public Relations concentration, ENG 316 can count as one of these four courses.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 across the four courses at the 300- or 400-level.  If you are in the Public Relations concentration but do not qualify for COM 496, you cannot graduate in that concentration.

If you have an internship opportunity outside the Raleigh area, or are ineligible for COM 496, you may be able to earn 1.00 credit-hour by enrolling in COM 296, Communication Internship: Non-Local.   

Contact Dean Phillips with questions.