This article focuses on the frequency, form and perceived benefits of service learning in speech communication departments. The widespread availability of service learning opportunities for students in speech communication departments reflects the national trend, across disciplines, to emphasize service learning on college and university campuses. Service learning provides yet another benefit in that it can substitute for traditional internships when such opportunities are lacking. Phelps and Timmis (1984) explain that the availability of traditional internships with profit-seeking corporations is often limited. Increasing participation by speech communication students in service learning, however, may be restricted by a lack of resources. Most departments lack the resources necessary to grant release time to faculty whose students complete traditional internships. These limitations are perhaps even more intense for service learning.
Sellnow, T. L., & Oster, L. K. (1997). The frequency, form, and perceived benefits of service learning in speech communication Departments. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 26(3), 190–197.