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Internships for Undergraduates


Internships for Undergraduates

Internships are opportunities for students to work in communication-related positions in the community and receive academic credit for that work.They provide a way for students to maximize their communication background and their understanding of concepts, theories, models and frameworks within the communication discipline. 

The Communication Department strongly recommends that communication majors complete an internship. Generally, students complete internships throughout the greater Denver area, but internship opportunities are also available across the United States. Our students have completed internships in Los Angeles (Transworld Media, Cartoon Network), Chicago (Jam Productions), and New York (CBS News, Prada).

Examples of local businesses and organizations where students have completed internships include television stations such as KCNC, KMGH, KWGN, and Fox 31, as well as radio industry internships with Infinity Broadcasting and Clear Channel Entertainment. For those interested in the sports industry, Kroenke Sports Enterprises has provided numerous opportunities in positions ranging from promotions to event production. We also have relationships with numerous public relations and advertising firms throughout the Denver area such as Watermark Advertising, Turner Public Relations and Juice Communications, to name just a few.

For those interested in the nonprofit arena, positions are available with organizations such as The Denver Zoo, The Rape Awareness and Assistance Program and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Opportunities also exist in the political arena, and several of our students have worked at the State House communications office and for state senators and representatives.

Details and Requirements

To qualify to register for internships in Communication, undergraduate students must be Communication majors and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Students typically receive 3 hours of academic credit for a one-semester internship in which they work between 15 and 30 hours a week. Communication majors may complete up to 6 hours of internship credit over the course of the degree program.

Internships are considered an exit course for the Communication major. An internship also may count as the one upper division elective required for the major.

The internship for undergraduate students involves not only work experience but regular meetings throughout the semester with other internship students in Communication, the completion of essays that focus on the application of communication concepts and theories to the work experience, a case study from the work experience, and a final presentation based on the case study. The grade assigned for the internship is computed on the basis of the quality of the academic assignments, attendance at the meetings, and the employer's evaluation of the work produced.

Additional Information

For more information, contact the Internship Director for the Communication Department, Kristy Frie.  

Kristy Frie, Internship Director
Department of Communication
Student Commons Building
1201 Larimer Street, Room 3015
kristy.frie@ucdenver.edu

To initiate an internship or to obtain more information about internships, students first should visit the Experiential Learning Center. ​