Communication - Internship FAQs

Q: What are the requirements to complete an internship?

A: During Fall and Spring terms you must carry a 2.8 GPA and be a Communication major in the junior or senior year. During Summer you can register for an internship as long as you are a rising junior or senior (there is no GPA requirement). Of course, you must also find and have your internship approved by the Internship Coordinator.

Q: Do internships count for credit?

A: Internships do count for credit but only 3 credits of internship experience can count toward Communication electives (i.e. your 9th or 10th Communication course). No internship credits in the Department of Communication count toward the University core. If you complete more than 3 credits of internship experience, all additional credits beyond the initial 3 credits will count toward graduation only and not any specific required courses. During Fall and Spring all internships are 3 credits, and during Summer internships can be worth 1 to 3 credits, at your discretion.

Q: How many internships should I complete?

A: Given the current job market, we recommend that majors finish two internships before leaving Fairfield. Given Fairfield's proximity to the Communications capital of the world, you should have no trouble gaining the experience you need to compete for the best jobs after graduation.

Q: How do I get a letter saying I'll receive credit for an internship?

A: The coordinator of the Department of Communication's Internship Program can provide this letter - either Dr. Michael Serazio in the fall semester or Dr. Colleen Arendt in the spring semester. Please note that this letter can only be supplied once you're registered for credits. Many employers will accept an e-mailed statement from the Internship Program Coordinator, so please supply an e-mail address (this is easier and quicker). If a letter needs to be faxed, you will need to handle that. The Department does not send or receive faxes on behalf of students.

Q: Where do I find an internship?

A: If you're looking for an internship, check out the Stags4Hire internship database for current positions available. The database represents only a small fraction of the internships available in the Fairfield County area and New York City throughout the year. Students should also search the web sites of companies they are specifically interested in as many organizations post internships directly on their web sites.

Q: Can I get paid for an internship?

A: Yes, you can receive a stipend or travel reimbursement, but note that most internships will not be paid and students shouldn't expect to find an internship that pays.

Q: Do I need to pay to complete an internship?

A: During Fall and Spring semesters an internship counts toward normal course load; during summer you must pay for 1-3 credits through the Registrars office. If you complete a summer internship we cannot award credits during the Fall or Spring terms.

Q: Can I do an internship during Intersession?

A: Yes, if you are interested in completing an internship over January Intersession you should contact the Internship Program Coordinator.

Q: How many hours do I need to work to earn credits?

A: For 3 credits you must complete 120-150 hours per semester (12-15 hours per week).

Q: How does the Internship class work, and is it a graded class?

A: An internship works as a graded course and does count toward your overall GPA. Read the details about how internship course works.

Q: I'm not a Communication major, can I still do an internship through your program?

A: Sorry, no. You should contact your department chair for how to complete an internship through your major.

Q: How many days a week do I need to intern?

A: Generally companies will require you to work 2 full days a week. Sometimes there is flexibility, but it helps to have 2 free days a week.

Q: Do students really commute to New York City 2 days a week to intern?

A: Yes, they sure do, and most students love the excitement that comes from working and learning in one of the greatest cities in the world. The train is quick and easy and the opportunity to intern at a major media firm is a resource available to relatively few other college students.

Q: Can I intern for more than one semester at the same company?

A: We strongly recommend that you do 2 different internships in 2 different types of companies. If you are working at a large company and move between separate departments or divisions, it may be possible to work for 2 semesters at the same company, but generally we suggest finding a completely different internship site.

Q: When is the Internship Coordinator holding office hours?

A: Contact either Dr. Michael Serazio in the fall semester or Dr. Colleen Arendt in the spring semester.