COMS Internships

If you are looking for a COMS internship or for academic credit for a COMS internship, you have come to the right place. This page has all of the links and resources you need to not only find and secure an internship during the academic year, but to receive academic credit for completing an internship.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Is COMS 4910  a course for which you give me an internship? No, you are not given an internship. While the internship coordinator is available to sit down with you and talk about different avenues for finding an internship, the coordinator’s role in signing you up for the course is to help you get credit for an internship YOU have already secured. Once you have secured an internship, you will meet with the internship coordinator to discuss project guidelines, receive a green slip to register for the course, and to review portfolio guidelines and the supervisory evaluation.

Where do I start in looking for internships? The first place to begin searching for an internship would be to scroll down this page and look at the listed exclusive internships and then check them out on the Scripps Internship Database. If none of these internships fit your needs, look at the Internship Resources on the right-hand side of this page in the link box. I would recommend starting with the Scripps Internship Database and working your way down through the opportunities (one of the most important things to consider first is the location of where you want to complete an internship). And finally, if you still have not found what you want, schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator and we can discuss other opportunities students have had over the last couple years. For additional tips on how to find an internship, check out the information provided here .

What do I do once I have accepted an internship and want to receive credit? Congratulations, the hard part is over! The next step is to determine how many credit hours you are eligible to receive based on the number of hours you will be working and then complete the appropriate paperwork (application form, internship contract, green slip). Once an internship has been secured, you will need to schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator to plan out your next steps.

My employer needs proof that I am receiving credit for my internship. What do I do?

If you need proof that you are a student in the School of Communication Studies who will be receiving internship credit, please send an e-mail to the internship coordinator requesting a letter or email be sent to your internship organization. You will need to provide the following information in your email to the internship coordinator: your name, reason for letter, name of internship organization, to whom the letter should be addressed, mailing address, and how letter should be submitted with the appropriate contact information for sending an e-mail, a fax, or U.S. postal mail.

These are just a few of the more common questions. If you have a question and it was not answered in one of above FAQ’s, feel free to contact the internship coordinator. We know this can be a complicated process and we want to make it as easy as possible.

Benefits of Internships

There are a number of benefits associated with completing an internship as a college student in the School of Communication Studies.

  1. Internships provide you with experience in a field that you are interested in pursuing after graduation. This not only adds work experience to your resume, but helps you start to figure out what you want to do after college. An internship provides you a chance to get your feet wet in what you think you might want to do for a career.
  2.  Employers increasingly see their internship programs as the best path for hiring future employees. In essence, an internship may lead to your first job out of college — if you do a good job in your internship, they might save a position for you upon graduation.
  3. The School of Communication Studies allows students who obtain internships meeting certain requirements to receive credit for their internship (internships must be approved before completion). This means that while getting experience in a field you are interested in, which may lead to a future job, you could also be receiving course credit. What’s better than that?

While these three benefits are substantial, you may also gain the necessary skills and confidence needed to succeed in the work environment. Many students become more motivated and driven after the completion of an internship as they have a better sense of what they want to do after college. And finally, through an internship you are able to start building your network, which may be one of the most important components of an internship because everyone you meet is a potential contact for advice and referrals once on the job market.

Local Area Internships

There are several local area internships that are frequently offered to students within the School of Communication Studies and the Scripps College of Communication. Below are links to the websites of these organizations. Internship opportunities and application deadlines are sent to your email via the bi-weekly e-newsletter distributed by the Scripps Dean’s Office.

Rural Action – an organization that builds model sustainable development projects and encourages a broad civic conversation around Appalachian Ohio’s assets in order to create sustainable development paths for the region currently offers internships in environmental communication, event planning, media management, and membership recruitment and marketing.

Good Works, Inc. – a COMMUNITY OF HOPE for those struggling with poverty in rural Appalachia. They provide biblical hospitality through The Timothy House (shelter for the rural homeless), The Hannah House (long term residential care-community), job experience programs, creative volunteer service opportunities and community development ministries. They currently offer internships focused on the Good Works Walk, one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization.

Ohio University Office of Sustainability – This office provides services and support to the campus community; advocates for innovation and research; and ensures fulfillment of institutional commitments to environmental, social, and economic well-being. They currently offer several internships every semester for students interested in becoming more engaged and sustainable citizens.

Ohio University Alumni Association – The goals of the Alumni Association are to improve the alumni experience and keep alumni informed about the university. They currently offer several internships in regional programming, special events, and writing/editing.

The Athens Foundation -The foundation focuses on providing funding for education, health, social services, animal welfare, public affairs, recreation, the environment and arts, culture and humanities. They currently offer internships on an as-needed basis. If interested in the internship, visit the Scripps Internship Database for details on how to apply.

It is important to note that these are just a few of the internships students complete each semester. Many more opportunities are available and updated regularly through the Scripps Internship Database ( The database is also where students will find more information and application deadlines for the above internships. Feel free to contact the internship coordinator with any questions or concerns.


Internship Scholarships

Two different internship scholarships are offered annually to students in the School of Communication Studies.


The Scripps Howard Foundation’s Internship and Scholarship Program offers 37 partner schools the opportunity to select students to receive a $3,000 internship stipend and $500 follow-up scholarship, providing certain criteria are met. Ohio University has been granted 5 scholarships – one for each of the 5 schools in the Scripps College of Communication. 

Scripps Howard Foundation Criteria (subject to change)

  • Student must be a junior (or rising Junior), senior (or graduating senior with no job).
  • Graduate students are not eligible.
  • No freelance arrangements will be approved.
  • Paid or unpaid acceptable.
  • Scholarship eligible for SUMMER semester only.
  • Minimum of 35 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.- Firm requirement

The Don Perris Endowed Scholarship helps students who have been offered an internship or are in the process of applying for an internship and need financial assistance. Students are eligible to apply for a $3,000 grant plus an additional $1,000 scholarship for the subsequent school year. The funding to help pay for your internship expenses is made possible through the Scripps College of Communication Don Perris Endowed Scholarship-Internship Fund. 

Don Perris Scholarship Criteria (subject to change)

Scholarship eligible for SUMMER or FALL semesters

  • Award criteria will include:
    • scholastic achievement;
    • extracurricular involvement;
    • internship location;
    • financial need
  • Internship MUST be confirmed (confirmation date subject to change)

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