Congrats! You have found the Department of Communication Studies Internship page. My name is Professor Matt Vorell and I am the internship director for the department. I want to tell you about one of the best things you can do to ensure that you have a great job waiting for you after graduation: an internship!
You probably have many questions about the whole internship process. Some of the common ones students typically ask are:
An internship is a learning experience where a student learns by doing. Specifically, YOU (the student) get an internship with an organization (for profit or nonprofit). You work for them (sometimes it’s paid and sometimes it’s not). In exchange for your work, you receive the real world experience that employers want and college credit.
CMST internship focuses on communication practices within these organizations. Click here for a student’s perspective on internships.
Like I said earlier, internships are great! They have MANY benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Before we talk about setting up an internship, there are a few important things you need to know first.
Your internship involves three people: you (the intern), your boss (the site supervisor), and me (the CMST internship director).
-If you are a CMST major, you have to have at least 50% of your classes done.
-If you are a CMST minor, you have to have all of your course work done.
-Both majors and minors, have to have taken at least CMST 341: Communication in the Workplace and/or CMST 441: Organizational Communication.
St. Cloud State University requires that all students take 45 credits in upper division courses, and CMST interns can use an internship to count for 8 -16 of these credits. Thus, if you sign up for 12 credit hours or more, you are a full time student and you don’t have to take any other classes during that semester.
Most CMST internships are graded pass/fail.The number of academic credits you receive during your internship depends on the number of hours per week you work there.
Finding an internship can be daunting, but the best way to find one is to click on this link to take you to the SCSU Career Services Center's Jobs/Internship Registration page. Here, the university lists every internship/job posting employers submit to us. It is up to date and an AMAZING way to speed up getting your internship.
Each internship is different. However, you may have to apply for many of them, meaning that you are going to need a few things like:
To see an example resume click here
For advice on how to put a resume together click here
For futher information visit Resume Writing Tips.
Career Services also offers free resume reviews with their reps. They have drop in hours for resume reviews Monday through Thursday from 8 - 4:30PM. You can also set up an appointment by calling 320-308-2151.
For further information about interviewing, see Interviewing Tips
Now here are the steps to setting up your internship!
1. Attend mandatory pre-internship seminar
One held towards end of each semester, you must attend. If you can’t, contact me right away.
2. Make an appointment to chat with me.
A. Start thinking about what qualities you want in an internship (i.e., paid or unpaid, working for profit or nonprofit, how many credit hours will you be going for).
B. In preparation for the meeting, please think back on all the CMST courses you have taken up to this point and type up 25 practical real world communication skills you want to learn more about as well as 50 communication theories and concepts. The more specific the better.
3. Pick up and fill out internship interest form from CMST office in 117 Riverview. Bring it to your meeting with me.
4. Start your internship search
A. Start your resume, cover letter, interview training etc.
B. Visit Career Services webpage…and, better, stop by in person 215 Centennial Hall (on the second floor by the Sky Walk heading to Atwood Memorial Center) email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-308-2151.
C. Start researching organizations where you want to intern. Many organizations have internship information under the “Career” or “Employment Opportunities” links on their web sites.
5. Select an internship site
A.Obtain the following information about the internships: job description, name of supervisor, starting dates, outline of responsibilities, number of working hours, salary.
6. Design Learning Agreement with Dr. Vorell. This is like the syllabus for a regular course. You and I will build it together. Type and present the completed Learning Agreement to me for discussion, revision, and signature.
7. Bring the signed Learning Agreement back to me. Once we get all this done, I will allow you to register for your internship hours.
During your internship, we have what are called “Internship Seminars.” You and I, along with any other interns in a specific semester meet once a month to discuss what you are learning during your internship.
Along with the seminars, you have to:
The answer is EVERYWHERE.
If you want to get a jumpstart on finding an internship, then you will want to pay attention to the following section. We have gone through our data since 2000 and created categories of the most common types of internships CMST students get. By clicking on the type of internship you want, you will open an Excel sheet listing the contact information for every organization that has had that type of internship position.
Since these organizations have had our interns in the past, hopefully they are open to having them again in the future. While we can’t guarantee that the past contact person is still there, at least this is a starting point.
The following graphics share where and with what companies past CMST interns have worked:
Location is not a restriction for your internship. As long as you have Internet access, you can intern anywhere on the globe. Thanks to our conference room, the CMST department uses Adobe Connect to videoconference with our interns from all over the world.
CMST interns get all kinds of internships. The following graph shows the most common types.