Communication education also takes students out of the classroom and into the workplace, requiring that they complete at least one industry internship or produce a special independent project.
Internships & Independent Studies
Close to graduation and concerned about getting an internship during the pandemic? You can always complete an independent study, instead. Dr. Dru's short video discusses internships (COMM 492) and independent studies (COMM 490) and shows you where to find the forms required to enroll in either class.
About internships & independent studies (video)
Before You Get Started
Before you get started, please download, read, and follow the Communication Department's internship guidelines:
Download Internship Guidelines (PDF)
Once you have found your internship, you must fill out the Cooperative Agreement form
below. Note: Before you complete this form you will need to know the name and email address for
the following: Employer Supervisor, Sponsoring Faculty and Department Chair/Program
If you are not sure who to list, please contact your faculty advisor, as the sponsoring faculty and department chair may sometimes be the same person (who signs twice).
Students taking an internship for credit in the Communication Department must also attend the COMM 492 class during the same semester.
Career Services maintains a database of job postings for internship opportunities at CLUPostings.com. You may also look through other websites, such as EntertainmentCareers.net.
Where Our Students Intern
Our students complete internships in a variety of different fields, such as journalism, film and television production, marketing, advertising, public relations, politics, and sports communication. Many of these internships have led to offers of permanent employment. Organizations in which our students have worked or interned include:
- ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox Television, KTLA and other television stations.
- Disney, Amazon Studios, Bunim/Murray Productions, and Access Hollywood.
- Sports organizations, including the LA Rams, LA Chargers, LA Kings, and LA Clippers.
- Local and regional newspapers, including the Thousand Oaks Star and Los Angeles Times.
- Public relations firms, such as EdelmanShows and Access Hollywood and production companies such as Bunim/Murray.
- Creative Artists Agency and other talent agencies.
- Marketing firms and marketing departments of organizations such as J.D. Power and Associates, McDonald’s, Amgen, and The Cheesecake Factory.
- Radio stations such as iHeartMedia.
- The offices of state and national legislators such as Julia Brownley and Jacqui Irwin.
- Discovery Education
- FOX Sports
- SAGE Publishing