COMM-691: Graduate Internship

Gain hands-on field experience and earn three credits toward your degree with a strategic communications internship. Build on your studies while engaging in real-world strategic communications at an approved employer of your choosing.

Available during the summer term, your COMM-691 internship will provide the opportunity to earn elective credits while working and completing academic course components.

Internship Requirements

  • Students must work for their internship employer for a minimum of 210 total hours over the summer term to qualify for 3 credits; the number of weeks worked is flexible.
  • Only 3-credit internships are allowed in the MASC graduate program.
  • The internship must be substantive with significant opportunities to engage in strategic communication work; positions that are primarily administrative do not qualify.
  • All internships must be approved by the faculty member supervising the internship course and the Program Director for the Online MA in Strategic Communication program.
  • This is a graded course, with an academic component and a final evaluation from the internship agency used in calculating the final grade.

Registration Requirements

  • Students should notify the Student Services Coordinator (nicole.andrews@programs.online.american.edu) as soon as they know they would like to register so she can work in advance to arrange a space in the course.
  • Students must be in Good Academic Standing per AU's Graduate Academic Regulations to register for internship credit.
  • Students must complete Principles (COMM-640), Writing (COMM-644), and Research (COMM-738) before registering for internship credit.
  • A completed and signed registration form must be submitted by the deadline. See registration deadlines.

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