An internship gives students the chance to make useful connections between their communications coursework and the professional world. They can also help you make connections while you gain the experience and skills that will help you succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Students commit to working for at least 8-10 hours a week for the duration of an academic term.

Whether your internship is paid or unpaid, you can expect careful supervision and mentorship from your employer. All internships should give you the chance to gain real world experience, but they should also offer certain learning objectives that relate to your course of study.

All students take COMM 404 during the same term as their internship. The course is designed to help make useful connections between your degree and your career, and ultimately to help prepare you for the job market when you are finished.

There are numerous opportunities available in professional fields related to our discipline, like journalism, entertainment, social media, public relations, business, health, and marketing. Here are some of the many different organizations who have hosted Communication interns:

Off campus

American Heart Association

ROSE Community Development 

Multnomah County 

The Cupcake Girls
Portland Monthly 

Ridgefield Raptors 

Q Model & Artist Mgmt. 


Echo Communications

Oregon SCI Connection

Beaverton School District 

Clark Public Utilities 

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici 

On campus at PSU

Athletics Department

Office of Information Technology 

Build EXITO Research Program

Child Language Learning Center Office of Communications

Food Pantry

Grantmakers for Education

Honors College

Programming Board

Student Health & Counseling Center 

University Housing