Communication Department Internship:

  • Communications Practicum 1-4 Hours JAT 241 
    • Supervised laboratory work in the media of mass communication, with meetings for evaluation of work, study of techniques, analyses of problems, and reports. 
      • Course may be repeated for a total of 4 credit hours. 
      • Internships are available in the Louisville metro area in broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.
  • Communication Internship - Program Guidelines and Procedures
    • Communication internships offer experiential learning in broadcasting, journalism, and public relations. 
      • Therefore they are one of the most valuable learning experiences to gain real world professional knowledge, make important networking and reference contacts, and affirm (or refute) career plans.
    • Students may receive 1- 4 credit hours per semester (fall or spring) by working 4 -15 hours per week (or about 64 -240 total work hours in a semester) in an approved internship position (paid or non-paid).  
      • Students accepted in the program enroll in JAT 241.  
      • Grades for the internship are determined by successful completion of a series of materials that are submitted at the end of the semester and by an evaluation from the supervisor at the place of employment.
    • Student internships for credit must be performed in organizations approved in advance by the Internship Director (generally this is the Communication Department Head). 
      • To avoid disappointment, students should obtain the Internship Director's approval for positions they are seeking on their own, PRIOR to applying for credit.  
      • The field supervisor at the organization for the internship must hold a position involving supervisory responsibilities and this person cannot be a family member. 
      • Internships are typically done no earlier than the sophomore year so that students are prepared for their positions and get the maximum benefit from the experience in terms of learning and networking. 
      • Internships typically run over the course of an academic semester, but may overlap semesters only through prior arrangement with the Internship Director.
    • Students must approach internships as a professional learning experience that integrates work experience with academic work.
      • As such, an internship is more than a "part time" job or a typical college course.
      • Accordingly, student interns are expected to maintain a high standard of mature and professional conduct at all times as a representative of the Communication Department and Jefferson Community and Technical College .

For more information please contact Professor Mona F. Leonard