Experiential learning is at the heart of a communication degree and there are many ways in which students can gain practical experience in their fields. In fact, communication majors are required to demonstrate applied knowledge in their senior portfolio. Though practical experience can be gained through class projects, independent studies, and student organizations, one of the best ways to gain practical experience is through an internship. Internships provide experience and insight into your chosen area. They can be a means of developing contacts and the beginning of a professional network. In the Department of Communication, the COMM399 Communication Career Development class is designed to help you learn the skills, such as resume development and letter writing, necessary to find and apply for internships. Students are also introduced to the resources of the Office of Career Services. Internship opportunities are listed on department bulletin boards and are posted on the department’s Facebook page. Academic advisors can also be helpful in directing a student toward an internship opportunity. Up to 3.0 hours of academic credit can be earned for an internship by enrolling in COMM 690. Click on the following link to find more about enrolling for internship credit.
Every year, the Department of Communication awards over $17,000 in scholarships to Communication majors. The vast majority of department scholarships are earned scholarships, meaning that they are awarded based upon academic performance and/or participation while here at Pittsburg State University. There are scholarships awarded in every emphasis area and also for overall achievement in the department. Of note are the Pay It Forward scholarship, awarded to a rising junior by vote of the outgoing senior class, and the Faculty Select Scholarship, awarded to a student who best represents the spirit and integrity of the department. However, scholarship awards cannot be made unless the student has APPLIED for financial assistance, so the department encourages ALL students to complete and submit an application for Financial Assistance through the PSU website. All applications for financial assistance must be submitted by FEBRUARY 1 for the following academic year. To apply for assistance or find out more about financial aid, check the link to the PSU Financial Assistance Office below: