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What is an internship?

An internship is a temporary position that is designed to provide useful experience in the field in which you plan to seek eventual employment. Internships come in many different forms and can serve a variety of different purposes. Internships can be valuable for those who are still uncertain whether they wish to pursue a particular type of employment. Internships can be useful in that they provide hands-on skills and experience in state-of-the-art practices current in a field. Internships are useful for building networks. Additionally, sometimes but not always, an internship serves as an extended interview for both intern and supervisor to determine whether employment with the company would be a good fit. In some fields, up to 65% of job-openings are filled by individuals who interned with a company. Because internships serve such a variety of purposes, the specific arrangements vary widely. Some internships can be paid, but the majority are not. Some internships can last for a year, others for only several weeks, still others are defined on the basis of a project that the student can complete in his/her own time. Some internships include opportunity for academic credit, but not all. At Tulane, academic credit for an internship in the Communication department is equal to that of any other class: three credit hours. Interning is a valuable experience even for students who are not eligible to get academic credit.

Who can do an internship?

Anybody! Even non-students can and sometimes do choose to do internships because of the many benefits. However, for students at Tulane to receive full academic credit, there are certain requirements:

  • completing 60-70 hours at an internship site
  • participating in a weekly internship seminar at the Center for Public Service or within the department's internship class offered in the spring and summer
  • creating a final project related to their internship

Application forms can be found on the Center for Public Service's website.

What is required to get 3-credits for an internship?

Internships can be arranged through the Center for Public Service or directly with an organization.

Where can I find paid internships?

Tulane's Career Services office maintains an extensive database of internship opportunities nationally.  For more information, go to Hire Tulane Grad's Career Center.  The department also sends information on the list-serve for majors. Some, though not all of these, are paid internships that do not involve getting credit hours.

Are there other mechanisms for getting credit/paid for an internship?

Newcomb-Tulane College also offers 1-credit (S/U only) for internships that do not satisfy the Center for Public Service 3-credit requirements.  Please see your Newcomb-Tulane academic advisor for more information.

Tulane also offers some scholarships to students participating in internships.
For all students, click here.
For female students, click here.

What are some examples of internships that Tulane students have completed in the past?

Students interested in media careers often do internships, and most media companies will happily arrange to provide internship experience. Students interested in careers in politics often do well with internships working for a particular candidate, in a variety of capacities. Students have done internships in public relations, technology transfer, intercultural liaisons, technical writing, advertising, sales, coordinating outreach programs for nonprofits, organizing religious support groups, etc. Any career that Communication students are interested in can provide internship experience.


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