Communication Studies

Communication Studies


Please note:  All COM/DMA/JRN internship applications are to be submitted via D2L.  COM, DMA, and JRN majors are now part of a D2L Community Group named "COM/DMA/JRN STUDENTS."  If you are not a member of this group, please contact Sue Bajer in the Communication Studies department office to be certain you are on our Majors' list. 

Students seeking DMA internships must submit the URL for their online portfolio as part of the application.  These are to be submitted by reference to a URL.

Students interested in completing an internship during the Spring semester must submit an application by September 15.  Students interested in completing an internship during the Summer & Fall semester must submit an application by February 15

If you have been approved to complete an internship through Communication Studies and have been accepted by a host site, please complete this form.

You should plan an internship in your area of interest. A student may do multiple Communication Studies/Digital Media Arts/Journalism internships during his or her college career, provided that the total credit hours earned does not exceed 12 hours. These internships take place at approved locations in Buffalo or in such cities as New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 

The internships are individually arranged, require departmental approval, and are available only to Junior and Senior candidates with a cumulative Q.P.A. of at least 2.5 and a Communication Studies or Digital Media Arts average of at least 2.7. 

Internship applicants are required to complete all required courses with a grade of C- or higher in each, and at least two courses in the academic concentration that pertains to the internship prior to the start of the internship. 

The internship is seen as a culminating opportunity through which you apply, in an assigned professional setting, the theory and skills developed in your coursework. These situations are supervised by a field professional as well as by the Communication Studies Dept. Internship Director, who will be your academic advisor during the internship experience. For the Fall 2015 semester, Catherine Foster, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, will serve as Internship Director.

Internships are taken on a Pass/Fail basis. All internship credit is allocated to the free elective requirement. 

Preference and priority will be given to those majors having the best performance records as measured by cumulative academic average, and participation in extra-curricular or community communication/ digital media/journalism-related activities. A readiness to apply course theories and skills and a mature professional interest should be characteristics demonstrated by the prospective intern. 

Each qualified Communication Studies/Digital Media Arts/Journalism student is limited to a total of 15 hours of combined credit from, Internship (COM/DMA/JRN 488 & 498), and Independent Study (COM/DMA/JRN 499).

Internships List

Our students have interned in a wide variety of businesses and organizations all over the United States.  Here is a list of some of those places:

The Buffalo News The Young and the Restless, Los Angeles
CNN - Atlanta George Eastman House
Crowley Webb & Associates Buffalo Spree Magazine
Righteous Babe Records 103.3 The Edge
Eric Mower and Associates Make-a-Wish Foundation
Kaleida Health March of Dimes
M&T Bank The Niagara Gazette
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY New Era Cap 
Albright-Knox Art Gallery The Buffalo Bills Football Club
WKBW-TV 7 The American Lung Association
Gelia 15 Fingers
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute Fisher-Price, Inc.
Full Circle Studios The Leukemia Society
Rich Products University at Buffalo Office of Residence Life
WBEN Buffalo Bisons Inc.
Artvoice International Institute
Canisius College Sports Information Office
The National Republican
Congressional Committee Communications Division