Communication - Internship Program
In the Department of Communication at Fairfield University, we are committed to developing the creative and intellectual potential of our students. Part of this is combining rigorous academic study with practical experience. Through internships, students are able to test and apply theories learned in the classroom. Internships also make it possible for Fairfield University students to investigate career opportunities while adding a distinctive learning experience to their resumes.
Located just a train ride away from New York City and the country's capital of communication and an even shorter commute to numerous prestigious companies within Southwest Connecticut, Fairfield University offers students the unique ability to take communication theory learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world laboratory of a workplace setting. Through an internship experience students, can acquire first hand knowledge about an area of work and experience new professional activities and relationships. Many students find jobs through their internships and many more find out something far more valuable - that a particular area of the communication field is simply not for them!
This real-world work experience is combined with a series of workshops and academic assignments back on campus that are designed to help students get the most from their internships. Internships are available for Junior and Seniors only. There is a minimum 2.8 GPA requirement during the Fall and Spring Semesters, but no GPA requirement for Summer or Wintersession internship experiences (however Wintersession and Summer internships require students register and pay for an additional class). Minors are not eligible.
Students are required to work 12-15 hours a week or a total of 120-150 hours a semester at their selected internship site. You can earn up to six credits for internship experiences. Up to three of these six credits can count toward your communication electives.
Internships are available during the Fall and Spring semesters as well as during Summer term. Through special arrangement with the Internship Coordinator you can also complete an internship during the January Intersession.
Our majors regularly say that their internships were some of their best experiences at Fairfield. We couldn't agree more, and we hope that you'll take the time to explore these pages, learn more about how to find an internship and how to make the most out of your internship experience.
To learn more about Internships in Communication at Fairfield, be sure and read through our internship handout. Many frequent questions students have about Internships can be answered on the FAQ page. To register for an internship, simply download an online internship agreement form and return it to the Internship Coordinator.
If you're an employer looking to recruit Fairfield University Communication majors, please access our database of internships.
If you're a student looking to browse through the database of internships, please log into Mentor, select the "Institutional Tools" heading, the "Internships" tab, and then set the category to "Communication."
For any and all questions relating to the internship program, please contact the Internship Coordinator.