This article seeks to provide a profile of internships used in communication master's degree programs in the U.S. An internship is defined as receiving graduate credit for practical experience gained outside the classroom, with some degree of supervision by a faculty member. Based upon the data presented, experiential opportunities in communication serve to connect theory and practice. The nature of an internship at the graduate level appears to be more complex than at the undergraduate level. The formal paper appears to be the most common means for evaluating graduate internships. Formal papers are consistently used in academia to measure student understanding of concepts and experiences. The size of the institution and graduate program seems to have no affect on the option of offering internships or graduate students electing to use them in their programs of study.
Sellnow, T. S., Littlefield, R. S., & Sellnow, D. D. (1994). A National profile of experiential education trends in communication master’s degree programs. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 23(2), 68–76.