Nido R. Qubein School of Communication

Internship Guidelines

Prior to Applying for an Internship

  1. If you are interested in pursuing an internship, please connect with Dr. Bobby Hayes (, Internship Coordinator for the School of Communication.  He will explain the School of Communication eligibility requirements and the required HPU forms.  Dr. Hayes will work with you to develop the academic objectives for your internship and will determine your P/F grade (see below for specifics regarding your grade).  Internships are competitive, and we want you to be able to successfully compete for opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements for Credit-Bearing Internships

  1. You must meet all requirements listed by the Office of Career and Professional Development and complete the required application available online at:   As part of the internship paperwork you will be required to include an unofficial copy of your transcript, your resume, and a job description obtained from the internship site.
  2. All communication internships require 160 clock hours on site and earn 4 academic credits.
  3. You may have no more than 6 academic credits of internship in the Communication major.  The first for-credit internship must be 4 credit hours.  You may later choose to complete an additional 2 credit hour internship.
  4. You must have successfully completed COM 1110 and COM 1111 and successfully completed an introductory and advanced course in your respective sequence.
  5. You must have at least a 2.3 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in Communication coursework.
  6. You must have your Internship Site Supervisor complete a final evaluation form and submit to Dr. Bobby Hayes.

Requirements for Successfully Completing an Internship

  1. In order to receive a “P” on your internship, you will be expected to complete weekly time sheets, have them signed by your site supervisor and scan/email them every Friday to Dr. Hayes and to the Career and Professional Development office.  Your hours will be logged into a data base managed by the Career and Professional Development office.   By the middle of the semester you should have completed approximately 80 work hours and by the end of the semester you should have completed 160 work hours.
  2. You will be expected to write a three-page reflection paper on your experience which will incorporate how you met your objectives (or in some cases, why you did not meet all of them) and should also explain how your internship has impacted your future career/life direction.  This paper will be turned in to Dr. Hayes.
  3. You will be expected to have your site supervisor complete a final evaluation at the conclusion of your internship and scan/email it to Dr. Hayes.

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