Communication Arts Department and Alumni Summer Internship Fund

Thanks to the generosity of Communication Arts alumni, the department has funds to support students who undertake summer internships during their undergraduate careers. Internships can be very valuable educational experiences and steppingstones to future careers. Unfortunately, completing an internship can also be a financial challenge, so the Communication Arts department is committed to providing resources to make these opportunities more accessible. The department also recognizes that it may be difficult to apply for internships without knowing how one would support oneself; as a result, our aim is to provide advance funding commitments to students, so they can apply for internship opportunities with more confidence knowing that they will receive financial assistance. The goal is to make the benefits of internships more attainable for all. Applications are due Friday, February 4, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria
Communication Arts majors who plan to apply for Summer 2022 internship positions and have need for financial support are therefore encouraged to apply for funding. Applicants who have excelled in their work as Communication Arts majors and have demonstrated need for support will be prioritized during application review by the department’s Careers Committee.

Award recipients must enroll in classes for the upcoming Fall semester. Spring and Summer 2022 graduates are not eligible.

How to Apply
As part of the online application, students answer questions about their personal and professional goals, need for financial support, and anticipated internship plans. They also upload their résumé and provide contact information for a Communication Arts professor, instructor or teaching assistant who will serve as a reference for them (though no formal letter is required).

Award Information
Students with successful applications should expect funding commitments between $1500 and $4000. Before any promised funds can be released, successful applicants must first submit documentation that they have successfully secured an internship position that meets the minimum requirements of 20 hours per week for at least six weeks. It will also be necessary to submit a detailed budget once an internship is secured to show how the funds will be used; funds can only be used on internship-related expenses such as: living expenses away from your primary or academic-year residence; income supplementation for unpaid internship positions; travel expenses; local transportation to and from work; tuition for internship academic credit (Com Arts 614/615) when required by your internship sponsor. These funds cannot be used for expenses such as computers and other equipment or supplies that you will be able to continue to benefit from when the internship is over. If the anticipated expense budget is excessive or exorbitant or ends up being less than the amount of the funding commitment, an award may be reduced to make it possible to help other students in need.

Once documentation has been provided, expect funds to take approximately 2 weeks to be dispersed to e-fund accounts, and 4-6 weeks for paper checks. All documentation must be submitted by May 1, 2022 or funds may be forfeited.

Deadline to Apply and Decision Date
Interested students should complete an application before the deadline on Friday, February 4, 2022. Applicants should expect to hear back by the end of February. Questions are welcome and can be directed to Academic Advisor Mary Rossa ( or Careers Committee chair Derek Johnson (

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$1,500 - $4,000
Department of Communication Arts
Supplemental Questions
  1. What will your class standing be for the Fall of 2022?
  2. Which named option of the Communication Arts major have you declared?
  3. Anticipated Internship Plans
    • 1. Why are you interested in applying for internships? How will an internship help you to reach your career goals?
    • 2. In what industries or fields do you plan to look for an internship?
    • 3. In what cities or regions do you anticipate working as an intern?
    • 4. Will you be looking for virtual internships, in-person internships, or both?
    • 5. Will this be your first internship, or have you already completed one in the past? If so, who was the internship sponsor and where did you complete the internship?
    • 6. Do you anticipate being able to complete an internship without financial support? How would receiving financial support from the internship fund enable you to apply for and complete a summer internship?
    • 7. Please upload a copy of your resume (pdf file).
  4. Please provide the name and email of someone who can serve as a reference for you and confirm you are a strong candidate for an internship. Consider your requests for references carefully; it is strongly advised that you ask a Communication Arts professor, instructor, or teaching assistant to serve as a reference for you. Your recommender will be asked to answer a couple of very brief questions rather than submitting a letter. Please be sure to contact your recommender before listing them here.
  5. Funding Terms
    • 1. I understand that if I receive financial support from the Communication Arts Department and Alumni Internship Fund, the Communication Arts Department may use my name in communications to the general public, such as on the Com Arts website.
    • 2. I understand that if I receive a commitment of funding support, I must provide proof of an internship offer before any funds can be released. This documentation must show that the internship meets the minimum requirements (at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks).
    • 3. I understand that if I receive a commitment of funding support, I must also submit a detailed budget listing anticipated expenses before any funds can be released. If my anticipated budget is unreasonable or less than the amount commitment to me, the award may be reduced.
    • 4. I understand that the proof of internship and budget proposal must be submitted by May 1 or any promised funding may be forfeited.
    • 5. I understand that if I receive financial support from this fund, I can only use it towards internship-related expenses.
    • 6. I understand that I must be a student in good standing to be eligible for funding. Any instance of academic or non-academic misconduct may result in forfeiture of financial support from the internship fund.