Internships (COMS 497 or JOUR 492)

Internships are a great way to gain career experience and further your professional development. With an internship, you can start to build networks and references as you apply the skills and ideas from the classroom out in the world – all while earning college credit!

You can find an internship on your own or contact Huskies Get Hired for assistance in finding an employer. Remember that you must have your internship employer approved before proceeding.

For information about internship credits in communication or journalism, please contact Professor Laura Vazquez, Ph.D. at


  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • The internship must consist of at least 120 hours of work.
  • Your employer cannot be a family member.
  • You must have completed at least six hours of major coursework at NIU.
  • You must complete the internship application and all related documents.
  • The internship must be approved before you can enroll.
  • You may not receive credit retroactively for an internship.
  • You must complete final evaluations and all related documents at the end of the internship including a paper or portfolio.

Undergraduate Advising

Laura Vazquez, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson Hall 213

Olivia Monteiro
Academic Advisor
Watson Hall 217

Undergraduate Advising Info