Communication Department

The communication program is dedicated to helping students hone their communication skills through hands-on projects and immersive professional experiences. We work closely with our students, helping them find opportunities that align with their personal passions and professional goals. When they graduate, our students have the tools they need to lead successful lives, no matter what path they choose to take.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all communication majors must complete at least one internship for credit. We encourage you to do at least two internships.

You must have junior standing to do an internship for credit. More importantly, you have to be ready to do the work in the internship. So, you should take a public relations class before applying to an internship at an agency, or complete design courses before pursuing a graphic design internship.

Absolutely! You can do an internship anywhere in the world.

You can, although we want you to spread your wings as much as possible, so aim for the stars and save that experience as a fallback.

Yes, you can repeat an internship location. However, we expect that in the second semester you will take on more or different responsibilities.

Yes, you can do an internship with an office or department at Westminster. In fact, these can be a great solution if your schedule is particularly time-crunched. These will often be posted to the COMM Canvas group and Employment Wizard. You can also approach someone you want to work with and ask if an internship is an option.

Note: You cannot work on The Forum for internship credit.

The best place to start is a conversation with your faculty advisor. They can help you figure out what kind of internship will best serve your needs.

You are required to work for 42 hours per credit, so a two-credit internship would require 84 hours over the course of the semester. You can register for as many as six hours of internship, requiring 252 hours of work (roughly 17 hours per week during fall or spring semester).

No, internships take many forms. Some will have a set schedule. Some will be built around working at events. Some will be done at home with periodic check-ins. Some students have internships that are concentrated in a shorter span of time than the regular semester, perhaps doing all the required hours in just a month.

As long as you keep a log of your hours, any schedule is fine.

Your internship advisor can be any full-time faculty member in the communication department. It is usually your academic advisor, but not always.

Take your cue from your coworkers. Dress as most people in the workplace dress. Some workplaces are formal, some are informal. That being said, dressing up even a little can have advantages. Treat the internship as something more than just another class, treat it as a three-month audition. Because even if that location doesn’t have a job available when you graduate, the people there might be instrumental in helping you get your foot in the door elsewhere.

Past Internships

Spring 2017 Internships

  • ABC4 News
  • Office of Marketing and Communication at Westminster College
  • Ritual Chocolate
  • RizePoint
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Salt Lake magazine
  • Sandy Library
  • Utah Avalanche Center

Fall 2016 Internships

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Broadway Media
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Granite School District
  • Kanter for Council campaign

Summer 2016 Internships

  • ABC4 News
  • Blakemore Real Estate
  • Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival
  • Real Sale Lake's corporate donor department
  • Red Raven Games
  • World Woman Foundation