College is the time to get experience, inside the classroom and out. Internships allow students to test career options and build their resume.

Individual Investigation (COMM 45196):

Readings and/or research on problems approved by a faculty project director and in consultation with the student's advisor.

Internship (COMM 45092):

The internship requires 135 hours for every three credits, repeatable up to six credit hours (for 270 hours). A formal cooperative field experience with a designated organization or agency, as designed by the student and the internship coordinator. The internship requires students to submit weekly reports along with a portfolio showing samples of their internship experience.

The requirements for the undergraduate internship course (45902) in the Kent State University School of Communication Studies are as follows:

For Applied Comm Students with a Catalog year of 2018 and before:

  • Senior Standing (Have reached 90 credits by the time they take the internship)
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Passed the Grammar requirement (Comm 21000)
  • Comm 20000 (Foundations) C or better
  • ORG Comm 35864 C or better
  • VCD37000 
  • JMC 26001 or 20005 or 20004

For All Other Comm Majors with a Catalog year of 2018 and before:

  • Senior Standing (Have reached 90 credits by the time they take the internship)
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Passed the Grammar requirement (Comm 21000)
  • Comm 20000 (Foundations) C or better

For All Applied and Other Communication Studies Majors with a Catalog year of 2019 and after:

  • Senior Standing (Have reached 90 credits by the time they take the internship)
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Comm 21000 (Grammar Review C or better)
  • Comm 10310 (My story on the Web) C or better
  • Comm 45902 (Comm & Influence C or better)

Completion of these courses is considered necessary for students to meet the minimum academic requirements to participate in an Internship for credit.  Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.  

Please review your GPS and speak to your advisor to be sure you are on track before applying. 

Applications are due to the Internship and Practicum coordinator by the dates listed below:​

  • Fall Semester - Applications must be received no later than the first Friday of April of the same year.
  • Spring Semester - Applications must be received no later than the first Friday of October of the preceding year.
  • Summer Semester - Applications must be received no later than the first Friday of February of the same year.

Students interested in enrolling in an Internship should make an appointment with Laura Stroia and complete the application

Internship and Independent Study credits are for communication majors with senior standing or who have obtained special permission to register for these credits. No more than six hours combined of 45092 and 45196 can apply toward major requirements. Internship credit does NOT take the place of a required course. Students will receive either a grade of S or U for Internship and Individual Study. Students must complete 135 hours for every three credits of Internship; provide the internship application, submit the School of Communication Studies Experiential Learning Credit Application and agreement form prior to registering.