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AD 489 (18 hours in the major. Permission of instructor. Majors only.)

COMM 489 (COMM 200 and 362 with a C or better. Junior standing. Majors only.)

PR 489 (Permission of instructor. Public Relations majors only.)


Current research finds that, all things being equal, if college graduates seeking career positions have taken an internship with that company or a similar one, they are the ones offered the jobs (National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2018, https://www.naceweb.org/talent-acquisition/candidate-selection/what-employers-seek-on-a-resume/). The Department of Communication is committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates through internships.

Each internship course engages students in significant professional experience, appropriate to their major. Interns typically work 200 or more hours at their internship sites. Typically, students find their own internships. Please consult with your major professors or the internship coordinator listed below if you need ideas for potential internship sites. 

One place many students intern is Imagewest, an award-winning student-run Advertising + Public Relations agency. Imagewest interns work with real-world clients and learn to work in an agency environment at the same pace as industry professionals. Collaboration and relentless self-improvement are core to the Imagewest work ethic. All students are welcome to apply.


Application Process: 

To apply for the competitive internship at Imagewest, apply online at  www.wkuimagewest.com. When the interns are chosen, Imagewest’s manager will release students for registration.

For all other internships, make an appointment to discuss your plans with the internship coordinator. After the review, you will submit the application form and provide your unofficial transcript from TopNet. In addition,you will need your supervisor to submit the learning contract. Once all three pieces are approved, you will be released to register for the class.


Online Forms:

Student Feedback Midterm Evaluation

Student Feedback Final Evaluation

Supervisor Feedback Midterm Evaluation

Supervisor Feedback Final Evaluation


Internship Coordinators:

Communication majors: Dr. Jennifer Mize Smith, jennifer.mize.smith@wku.edu

Imagewest: Kara Glenn, kara.williamsglenn@wku.edu

Public Relations majors: Prof. Ken Payne, ken.payne@wku.edu

Advertising majors: Dr. Anthony Harkins, anthony.harkins@wku.edu


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 Last Modified 8/25/22