Luther’s academic program stresses education beyond the classroom walls and encourages students to engage in real-world learning in order to test their career goals and gain valuable professional experience. Internships are a crucial component of this experiential learning, and Luther helps match communication majors with choice internships at newspapers, magazines, radio stations, educational organizations, and various nonprofit organizations. Recent communication majors have interned at United Way, Amundsen's Clothing, Inspire(d) Media, WAY-FM radio, the Wisconsin School Music Association, and the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.

According to the Career Center, the benefits of the internship experience are: 1) to confirm and clarify your career goals, 2) to gain practical work experience, and 3) to develop industry contacts with whom you can keep in touch in the future. An internship experience can give you "an edge" as you plan for life after Luther!

A student with at least 12 hours of COMS course credit can earn one credit hour for every 36 hours of work at an internship site.

All internships in the Communication Studies Department are credit/no credit. The course is COMS 380 and it can apply towards the COMS major or minor as an elective. Only one internship may apply towards the COMS major or minor.

Because the primary purpose of an internship is to connect classroom concepts to real-world situations, a journal must be kept during the internship experience. The journal should have substantial entries at least daily in which you describe what you have been doing on the job and identify theories, methods, or other concepts from your classes that directly relate to your internship experience and duties. The journal should be proof-read, typed and submitted to your internship advisor either in hard copy or electronically within one week of the last day of the internship.

For more information about internship opportunities at Luther, visit Luther College Career Center’s internship program.