Journalism 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 an average in Journalism courses of at least 2.7. Internship applicants are required to complete all required courses with a grade of C- or higher in each. 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. Professor Barbara Irwin, PhD, is the 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.