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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. Internships also can lead to jobs. (Read what three alumnae say about their success.)

To listen to two recent graduates talk about the value of internships, click on the links below:

Melissa Garcia

Melissa graduated from University of Colorado Denver in 2007 with a degree in Communication. She also earned a certificate in Conflict Management. She now works as a news reporter for the NBC affiliate of San Antonio, Texas. She credits her internship as an important part of her preparation for landing her dream job.  

Seve Barrutia

Seve graduated in 2009 from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communication. He interned at Boulder-based advertising and marketing firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and now works in their Gothenburg, Sweden office, primarily on the Burger King Spain and UK accounts. He feels that his internship helped prepare him for the best job ever; one where he spends his days communicating with creative people from all over the world.

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.

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

Ellen Hinkley, Internship Advisor
Experiential Learning Center
Tivoli Student Union, Room 260