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COML 520 – Graduate Internship

The internship is designed to aid students in their real world application of theoretical knowledge gleaned in the classroom. Students who elect to pursue internships have already been graded and trained in the theory in classroom settings and with academic assignments. The internship opportunity moves outside the classroom and into a different realm of learning and evaluation. For more information about internships, please contact your faculty advisor.

Requirements for Graduate Internship

  • Cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • 15 credits of graduate credit
  • Recommendation by the Chair of the COML program
  • Completed resume
  • Successful interview with the on-site internship supervisor
  • Completed COML 595 and COML 598

Exceptions may be granted if the student demonstrates significant capabilities in the internship area of interest. Each exception must be filed in a timely fashion and considered by the Chair of the COML internship program

Graduate Internship Checklist

  • Contact the Chair of the COML program either PRIOR to the beginning of the semester during which the internship credit is sought or WITHIN THE FIRST 2 WEEKS of the semester during which the internship credit is sought. Negotiations for summer internships should be completed before FINALS WEEK during Spring Semester.
  • Complete Internship Course Registration
  • Complete COML Internship Contract including learning objectives, credits sought, mentor’s approval, and signatures of the mentor, Director of MA-COML, and the student.

Above materials are required within the first 2 weeks of the semester

Credit Criteria

The COML program in Communication Arts offers only 2 and 3 credit internship opportunities.

  • A 2-credit internship requires a total of 160 hours of preparation and on the job.
  • A 3-credit internship requires a total of 240 hours of preparation and on the job.


The internship opportunity is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. As stated above, the student has already been graded and trained in the classroom environment, and the internship offers a different environment which naturally requires a different method of grading. The following measures are used to evaluate the satisfactory completion of the internship:

  • Response paper (50% of the assessment)
    • Including what was applied from class material to the internship, what was learned beyond classroom material, and what is still lacking in knowledge or experience that would be helpful for future job opportunities. This paper should be between 5 and 8 pages in length, formatted according to these critical areas mentioned, and proofed/edited to reflect attention to detail and mechanics.
  • Supervisor/ Mentor evaluation (35% of the assessment)
    • This COML Internship Evaluation Form should be completed and returned to the Chair of COML PRIOR to the beginning of Finals Week of the semester for which the internship credit is sought.
  • Portfolio (15% of the assessment)
    • Any pieces or materials that you have produced during your internship should be showcased professionally in a portfolio and submitted for evaluation. Each piece/ document/ project should have a short synopsis accompanying it describing your part in producing the finished product.
  • Bi-weekly emails to your instructor. Provide summary of what’s working and any concerns with the internship as well as attachments of documents you have developed.

For non-teaching internships All assessment documents are due the FIRST DAY of FINALS WEEK. NO exceptions to this due date!. For Teaching Internships, assessment materials are due when the internship comes to the conclusion based on the dates and agreement with the teacher and college you are interning with.


Summer Internship - Multimedia Journalism Abroad

Multimedia Journalism Abroad

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) offers journalism study-abroad courses and internship programs that help prepare students for the complex demands of 21st century global journalism. Our programs combine training in a range of media skills — photography, videojournalism, international reporting and writing for digital media — with hands-on practice reporting on a foreign culture.

Our alumni have gone on to professional careers with major media outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, CBS News, New York Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Wired, PCWorld, and The Charleston Gazette (find out more about our former students on the Alumni News page).

ieiMedia programs are open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from all schools. Each media course is taught by a team of professional journalists and journalism educators.

A pioneer in journalism education, ieiMedia has been taking students abroad since 2002. It was founded by Andrew Ciofalo, now a professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland.

Our projects aim to educate students in various media disciplines while at the same time inspiring them to explore a foreign culture. For each project, students produce a publication — a multimedia website, print magazine or book — about the community where they live and learn. The stories produced range in subjects from economics and health care to language and culture.

For more information visit ieiMedia.

Summer 2015

Urbino, Italy
May 28-June 26, 2015
Learn multimedia storytelling from award-winning journalist.
London to Paris to Nice
June 27-July 24, 2015
Learn multimedia and follow the sun from Wimbledon to the Mediterranean.
Armagh, Northern Ireland
July 3-August 2, 2015
Pick from 3 tracks: Playwriting & Performance, Creative Writing and Multimedia Storytelling.
Jerusalem, Israel
June 7-July 5, 2015
Study International reporting with veteran foreign correspondents.
Scholarships Available!
Valencia, Spain
July 10-August 7, 2015
Create human interest and social issue features for print, broadcast and online publications.
Now Earn 6 Credits!
Venice to Istanbul
July 2-July 30, 2015
Practice International reporting as a multimedia journalist or intern.
 Istanbul Internships
July 2-July 30, 2015
Intern as a foreign correspondent for a professional newspaper or magazine.
Hip Hop in Florence
June 13-July 12, 2015
An international vibe, a celebration of black music, dance and street poetry.
New Program!
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