Would you like to supplement your classroom learning with some workplace experience in your major?

The Technical Communication and Interactive Design Department (TCID) provides you with an opportunity to earn 3 hours of internship credit in either degree––Interactive Design or Technical Communication.

An internship is a valuable form of “learning by doing.” Internships can help you in a number of important ways. Below is a short list of benefits:

  • Gain professional experience related to your major
  • Apply knowledge learned in the classroom to workplace situations
  • Bolster your academic learning with workplace experience
  • Provide you with extra money if the internship is paid
  • Provide you with portfolio pieces


How Do I Apply For An Internship?

  • Go to
  • Scroll down to Internship & Co-op Information.
  • Click on “Apply for Academic Credit”
  • Scroll to "Technical Communication and Interactive Design."
  • Click on “APPLY” to get to the online application.


How Do I Get My Internship Approved for 3 Hours of Credit?

  • Submit a letter of intent to the Technical Communication and Interactive Design Internship Coordinator (Dr. Herb Smith). That letter must describe the internship in detail and the reasons why you want to do the internship. The letter must also describe the new knowledge the internship will provide you.
  • Meet with Dr. Smith to discuss your letter of intent and to get approval for the internship. Note: If your internship is not approved for credit, you can still do the internship and list it on your resume and on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Enroll for three hours of internship through Owl Express under the course number INDS 3398 Internship Design or TCOM 3398 Technical Communication.


What Are My Responsibilities for Completing an Internship for Credit?

  • Keep a daily log or journal of your internship activities.
  • Submit three progress reports after completing 30 hours, 60 hours, and 90 hours of internship activities.
  • Participate in two conferences with the TCID Internship Coordinator.
  • Submit a final internship project report with sample internship projects.
  • Evaluate your internship experience in a memo to the TCID Internship Coordinator.
  • Ask your workplace supervisor to submit an evaluation of your internship to the TCID Internship Coordinator.


Can I Do an Internship For Credit With a Non-Profit Organization?

Some students think that you can only do an internship for credit with a for-profit company. That’s not true. Some of our best internships have been with nonprofits. The most important factor to keep in mind when you are looking for an internship is that the internship for credit must provide you with “new knowledge” related to your major. The internship cannot merely duplicate skills and knowledge you already have.


Remember that we are here to help you.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Weldon or Dr. Herb Smith.