COMS students are required to obtain an internship as a way to gain more experience in a professional setting within the media industry. Students are responsible for securing their own position, filling out and submitting the required forms in order to be enrolled in COMS 499. As a graduation requirement, students must fulfill at least 4 units for COMS 499 which is equivalent to 180 hours at your internship.

As a department, we hope our students find meaningful positions that encourage an application of what is learned in class. We hope these positions also give students an opportunity to pursue personal interests. We encourage students to start researching early, apply to multiple positions, and to talk to other students about their experiences.





As you know, the internship process has changed. There is not a class meeting to go along with the internship class this semester. All internships will be handled by the Arts and Humanities Internship coordinator, Ianthe Brautigan Swensen  Ianthe’s office is located in Carson Hall 62. 

The form you need to register for your internship is the Internship Agreement form which can be found here:

Once you have met with Ianthe, you will take your internship agreement form to Marco Calavita to get his signature. 

Ianthe will have office hours these first couple of weeks of classes are:
January 20-23:
Wednesday 10:30-12:00
Thursday 3:00-3:40

January 26-30:
Monday 2:30-3:30
Wednesday 10:30-12:00
Thursday 9:00-11:00 & 3:30-4:00

And if you have any questions about any of this please don’t hesitate to talk to me or to Brooke in the COMS office…
Best Wishes,
Marco Calavita
Professor and Chair, COMS

COMS 499 is for Students to take during their Senior year in the COMS program. Freshmen through Juniors should not enroll in COMS 499 unless it is during summer or intersession through Extended Education. Internships must be media related.

You will need 4 units of internship credit to graduate with a COMS degree. Students can sign up for 1-4 units at a time. 1 unit = 45 hours, 2 units = 90, 3 units = 135, and 4 unit = 180 hours.

You can't register for the COMS 499 internship online. You must fill out the papwerwork (all forms can be found on the left hand side of this page) and turn them into the internship advisor with appropriate signatures. You will be added to the class manually.



Our students are generally looking for internships at the beginning of each semester. A great time to send internship announcements is in late July/early August, late December/Early January, and around graduation time in May. This is when students should be planning for and registering for classes.

Students are required to have 4 units of internship credit to graduate as a COMS major. Students can sign up for 1-4 units at a time. 1 unit = 45 hours, 2 units = 90, 3 units = 135, and 4 unit = 180 hours.

Send your job announcements to our office by email and we will forward them to our students and post a print copy in our department. They will be sent out when you send them to us. You are welcome to resend announcements at different times during the semester. Send all announcements to