Internships

If you are looking for a COMS internship or for academic credit for completing a COMS internship, you have come to the right place. This page has all the links and resources you need to find and to secure an internship during the academic year. In addition, this page provides an overview of how to earn 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 need to contact the internship coordinator to discuss the next steps in the process. The next steps include sharing your internship position description, completing an application form and contract, and discussing project guidelines and expectations.

Where do I start in looking for internships? A good place to begin searching for an internship is to review the bi-weekly internship e-newsletter published by the Scripps Dean’s office and sent to your email account. You can find current and past issues of the newsletter here: https://www.ohio.edu/scripps-college/current-students/internships

You should also establish a Handshake account using your OU ID and password. Handshake has more than 6,500 registered employers (including Fortune 500 companies) and provides access to both jobs and internships marketed to Ohio University students and alumni. To activate your Handshake account, click here: https://ohio.joinhandshake.com.

In addition to the e-newsletter and Handshake, check out the “How to Find an Internship” flyer under the Internship resources tab on the right-hand side of this page. This flyer provides links to resources for finding state, national, and international internships.

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.

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, on-line green slip request). 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 academic credit for your internship, contact the COMS internship coordinator for further details. If you are completing an internship, but not receiving academic credit, contact Karen Peters, the Scripps college internship coordinator, at petersk@ohio.edu. Ms. Peters will verify your student status and send a letter to your internship organization. You will need to provide the following information in your email to Ms. Peters: your name, your PID, reason for letter, name of internship organization, to whom the letter should be addressed, an email or mailing address, and how letter should be submitted (via e-mail or U.S. postal mail).

These are just a few of the more common questions. If you have a question that was not answered in one of above FAQ’s, feel free to contact the COMS 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 several 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 resumé, 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? To review the requirements for internship credit, check out the “COMS Internship Guidelines” tab on the right-hand side of this page.

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. By completing an internship, you can 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 Alumni Association – The goals of the Alumni Association are to improve the alumni experience and keep alumni informed about the university. They frequently offer 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.

It is important to note that these are just a few of the internships students complete each semester. Other local organization who frequently offer internships are The Dairy Barn, the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP), and Live Healthy Appalachia.

Internship Scholarship

Don Perris Endowed Scholarship-Internship Fund

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 awarded to juniors, seniors and graduating seniors for internships completed in the SUMMER or FALL semesters. For information about how to apply, contact Karen Peters, Internship & Student Services Specialist in the Harris Student Support Center, at petersk@ohio.edu.

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