The School of Communication at Western Michigan University is pleased to provide eligible communication and journalism majors and minors the opportunity to complete for-credit internship(s) to count toward their major or minor, or for general elective credit (overall hours needed to graduate).
Internships provide important hands-on experience in the field and create connections within the local community, while applying and expanding on what is learned in the classroom.
Specific guidelines must be followed when applying for and completing for-credit internships in the School of Communication. Please review the materials listed below, giving careful consideration to the guidelines for participation.
Prepare for your future: Discover the rewards of for-credit internships
Something to think about before graduation: according to the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2013–14 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award 1.8 million bachelor's degrees. When you graduate, what will separate you from the field? Internships provide a beneficial link for college students into the professional world.
There are many other important reasons to consider a for-credit internship, including:
- Build your resume, while developing great examples of your skill sets for future job interviews.
- Consider whether a particular career direction or industry is a good fit for you.
- Develop new skills and refine the skills you already possess.
- Eighty percent of employers surveyed view internships as a way to find full-time hires (Riemer, 2013).
- Explore one or more of your career interests in a realistic professional setting.
- Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships on their résumé have a much better chance of landing a full-time position upon graduation (Hering, 2010).
- Have fun, feel a sense of accomplishment, see yourself as an emerging professional.
- Make connections (network) with people in your future career area.