Internships in Communication
The Department of Communication offers internships that provide practical learning experiences.
Department of Communication internships offer practical learning experiences outside the classroom. Host organizations provide learning opportunities to further prepare students' for job opportunities in the field after graduation. Students participating in internships apply the principles learned in an academic setting to real-life working environments.
A Former Intern's Perspective
Hunter Morrison was a former intern with Ballinger Publishing.
"Interning with Ballinger Publishing was my first real-world experience in the field of journalism. It taught me how to properly conduct interviews, write for a magazine, and gather information in an orderly and cohesive manner. It also helped strengthen my writing skills and allowed me to be a published writer outside of the university." - Hunter Morrison
It is essential that the communication channels remain open and flowing between the educator, student and professional. The role of the educator is to teach and supervise. The professional's role is to provide on-the-job training, supervision and evaluation. Finally, the student's role and responsibility is to demonstrate outstanding application of communication skills and perform effectively. Eligible students include: University of West Florida Communication Arts seniors and graduate students with a 2.7 overall GPA. Permission is also required from the faculty advisor in charge of your program. All internship applications must be submitted at least one semester prior to the one you wish to intern.
Please view the 2021Internship Request Form.
If you are a business or organization interested in obtaining an intern, please complete the 2021 Communication Internship Form.
If you are a student currently enrolled as a senior in the UWF Communication Arts program and have a minimum 2.7 GPA, please complete the UWF Communication Internship Application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding Communication Arts internship programs.
Expand your portfolio
Network with professionals
Build resume and portfolio
Reinforce career decisions
Develop teamwork skills
Approximately 35% of interns are hired
Most internships are located in Pensacola, some on the UWF campus, but you are not limited to staying in the Pensacola area. National and international internship programs are available. Sample local internships include WEAR-TV3, Pensacola Ice Pilots/Baracudas, WUWF-FM, and the Pensacola News Journal. Some national internships include: Sony, CNN, U.S.O.C., and Disney.
Some interns are paid a stipend per semester. However, most internships are not paid. Students earn 1-3 credit hours per semester, depending on number of hours worked per week. If you work 20 hours per week, you earn 3 credits, 15 hours per week earns 2 credits, and 10 hours per week earns 1 credit.
Government (State & Federal)
Need more information?
Contact Laura Kirby, internship coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.