Internships & Careers

What can you do with a degree in Communication Studies?

Anything you want! nate-intern-2

We ask you to put that idea to the test during your time as a Communication Studies major by working one semester as a communication-oriented intern. It’s an experience you will never regret – and you can get credit for it by registering for SPCM 387 – Communication Studies Internship.  You’ll walk away knowing so much more about yourself, the kind of work that appeals to you (or repels you!) and where to focus your energy next. 

How can an internship experience improve your personal & professional story?

  • Enhance what you are learning in the classroom
  • Expand your understanding of communication principles and practices through professional experiences
  • Develop further communication competence through practice and observation within various organizational cultures, climates and contexts
  • Create professional network connections & build mentoring relationships
  • Improve your preparation for future job searches

How do I find an internship?

  • Students are responsible for finding an internship that appeals to them. We post internship opportunities on this page, but you can also find them through Handshake and word of mouth, or develop your own.
  • Research local organizations for interesting career paths, schedule informational interviews with professionals who are doing what you want to do in 5- 10 years, make connections, ask questions, build your experiences through on-campus group memberships and volunteer opportunities,and engage fully in your classroom experiences.
  • Call the organization or business you want to work at and make an appointment to discuss a possible internship.
  • Work with your supervisor to determine your job description, your personal learning objectives, and your student obligations. This information is detailed in the Student Internship Application.

How do I register for SPCM 387?

  1. Download and fill out all information on pages 2-4 of the Student Internship Application. Signatures are required.
  2. Email completed application to Dawn McConkey,, or hand delivered to A 203 Behavioral Sciences Building.
  3. Receive approval of the intended internship from the Communication Studies internship coordinator.
  4. Register for SPCM387 before the deadline for adding courses for the semester.

Stay aware of the eligibility requirements for registering for SPCM 387

  • Major in Communication Studies,
  • Fulfill course prerequisites
  • Maintain required GPA

If you have any questions concerning these procedures, contact Internship Coordinator Dr. Karyl Sabbath.

Current Internship Opportunities

Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing – Student Marketing Creative

Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing – Student Social Media Creative

Microbiology Department – MIP Student Intern (Hourly)

Microbiology Department – MIP Student Intern (Work Study)

CSU Conference & Event Services – Student Administrative Assistant

CSU Conference & Event Services – Conference Assistant

The Climate Reality Project – Climate Organizer Intern

EcoCar3 – Communications Management Intern

City of Fort Collins – Community Engagement Internship

‘stache Media – Music Digital Marketing Internship

Southwest Airlines – Communication Tools Intern


Current Job Opportunities

Trinity Lutheran Church – Director of Communications


How to Use LinkedIn

Thanks to CMST alumnus Kathleen Faulkner (M.A., ’02), Global Account Manager with LinkedIn Talent Solutions, for sharing these helpful LinkedIn career-building and networking resources:


Spring 2017 Internship Deadlines and Forms


  • Monthly Report #1: Submission Date is Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • Monthly Report #2: Submission Date is Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Monthly Report #3: Submission Date is Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Supervisor Evaluation due Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Final Report due on Friday, May 5, 2017 by 4:30 pm

Please submit final reports as an email attachment to the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Karyl Sabbath, at:

Supervisor Evaluation of Student Intern

The Supervisor Evaluation will be directly emailed to each Internship Supervisor, with a request to complete the evaluation and return the document as an attachment to Dr. Karyl Sabbath, Internship Coordinator, ( by Monday, May 1.

Please inform you supervisor that the Supervisor Evaluation will be sent to the email address provided on the internship application form.