Internships, Micro-Internships & Practicum
Internships, micro-internships and practicum all allow students to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world situations, as well as directly establish industry connections. Student interns distinguish themselves in the job market and earn up to six credits toward required communication electives.
If you have secured an industry and major-related internship, paid or unpaid, you can earn COM 495 or COMSTRAT 495 credit that can apply to your Murrow degree.
If you have secured a micro-internship or other practicum opportunity, you can earn COM 497 or COMSTRAT 497 credit that can apply to your Murrow degree.
Please consult with your advisor to discuss these opportunities and to learn if you are eligible.
IMPORTANT: Students can only earn 495 credit for one internship at a time.
Pullman students should apply for COM 495 credit via the link below. Integrated Strategic Communication majors (Global, Everett, Vancouver) are required to earn 3 credits of COMSTRAT 495 (Strategic Communication Professional Internship.) Global and Everett students should apply via the link below. Vancouver students: please consult with your campus advisor.
Once your internship and credit (495) have been approved and you are enrolled, the credits can not be altered to increase or reduce the credit amount. Please make sure to meet with your internship site supervisor about the hours before you apply and are enrolled in Com or Comstrat 495.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR COM/COMSTRAT 495
Final deadline for Spring 2021: February 19, 4:00 p.m.
Summer 2021 priority deadline: May 21
Summer 2021 final deadline: June 30
*note: 497 Practicum credits are ongoing, with no deadlines.
Businesses are “unbundling” their work and making them more time-sensitive and project-based. In the world of communication, there is a demand for projects focused on content creation and social media management.
Micro-internships are generally short-term opportunities that range from 10 to 40 hours each. Like regular internships, micro-internships can be paid or unpaid, depending upon the project.
Where can I find a micro-internship?
Parker Dewey is a leader in remote micro internships. Once you create a profile on the website, you can access all listed opportunities and apply for jobs within the Parker Dewey system. They facilitate communication with businesses and help to troubleshoot any issues that arise.
Additionally, remote internship opportunities can be found in many of the same places you would perform a traditional internship or job search.
Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
Looking for other ways to beef up your resume? InsideSherpa offers free simulation case studies of real business situations in a self-paced online module format. Projects take 5-6 hours to complete and simulations are created by industry professionals. While unpaid, all projects are considered professional experience and can be included on your resume.
Additional Micro-internship Resources
- NACE’s Benefits of Remote Work
- Why Micro-Internships Will Be The Next Big Thing (Forbes, 3/2020)
- Resources for students, grads searching for remote work due to COVID-19 (College Recruiter, 3/2020)
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has plenty of opportunities for qualified students.
Get notified about latest job openings and internships as they are posted.
To post a job opportunity for Murrow students and all WSU students, visit the central campus job site at the Academic Success and Career Center.
You can sign up as an employer and post your own positions using the Handshake system.
Check out this helpful guide for employers on creating internship opportunities for Murrow students.
For more information about internships and recruiting Murrow students, please contact:
Professional Development Coordinator & Career Advisor
Murrow Student Services
Murrow Hall 226