Departmental Internship Program
A significant feature of the program are internships in which students work under the direct supervision of professionals in media organizations ranging from daily newspapers to television networks and from public relations and advertising agencies to corporate communication programs.
Majors belong to affiliated professional organizations such as Women in Communication and may be eligible to apply for membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honors Society. They are also active at WFUV-FM, Fordham University's highly regarded National Public Radio station, and on a number of campus publications, including The Ram and the paper. Awards presented by the department include the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Herbert Robinson Award in Creative Writing, the Ralph W. Dengler, S.J. Award, the Ann M. Sperber Biography Award, the Kavanaugh Award and the Edward A. Walsh Scholarship for studies in communications.
Juniors and seniors who major or minor in Communication and Media Studies may obtain academic credit for media-related internships by enrolling in the Department's Internship Seminar (CM*U 4701) for four credits. After completing the Internship Seminar (which may only be taken once), students may continue obtaining academic credit for additional media-related internships by taking independent study tutorials (typically for one credit) sponsored by a professor in the Department. However, only the four credit Intership Seminar counts as an elective towards the Communication and Media Studies major or minor.
Internships are graded on a pass/fail basis, and all internships for academic credit must be approved by the Department prior to registration. In general, students requesting academic credit for internships are expected to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
The Department recommends about 15 hours per week of internship duty over a semester (e.g., 2 days/week, 7 hours/day; or 3 days/week, 5 hours/day).