Communication Internship Experience

Internships provide valuable knowledge and skills and are one of the most rewarding ways for Communication students to form professional relationships with our alumni and other employers.  We strongly encourage our students to participate in one or more internships before they graduate.


Internships and Academic Credit

The Department of Communication grants UD Comm credit in conjunction with an internship only to those students who complete the Comm 191 Communication Internship Course (see Undergraduate courses). Comm 191, typically offered in the spring quarter, is open to 30 Communication seniors who work as interns for 8-10 hour per week while enrolled in the course.  The 4 unit course, which meets for 2 hours each week, draws on students’ coursework and analytic skills as they transition from academe into the workplace.  For more information, please contact Dr. Desiree Aldeis.

Students can earn one unit of P/NP credit only by enrolling in the Comm 197 Internship course. This course is NOT for UD Comm credit. Please see below for requirements, and enrollment information. 

Other Options for Academic Credit.

Employers themselves cannot grant academic credit nor can Career Services.  Academic credit for an internship may be available outside the Department of Communication through other accredited institutions, such as Santa Barbara City College in their Career Classes program or through other academic departments or institutions.  

Finding an Internship

Department of Communication Resources for Internships

Our UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn assist students, alumni and departmental friends connect with one another. Our LinkedIn group of 1600+ members posts internship and job opportunities that target Communication students, recent graduates, and alumni.  Any member can post new listings at any time. See “How to Use the student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn” on the Career and Jobs Information page.

The Communication Association at UCSB. Our student–run Communication Association hosts events on every other Tuesday evening.  The group invites guest speakers to share career advice and offer workshops in professional development. These employers are often local communication alumni and other employers seeking interns. Additional internship opportunities are announced at each event.  Please visit the Communication Association Facebook page and/or attend an event for more information.

Dr. Charles Mullin serves as the Internship Advisor, and a liaison for students, employers, and professional organizations. Students who are having trouble finding an internship are welcome to visit Dr. Mullin during his office hours or email him at to request an appointment.

The Carsey-Wolf Center’s Media Internship Programs

The Carsey-Wolf Center (4thfloor of the SS&MS building) offers three Internship Programs with selective opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate UCSB students who want to develop practical applications of the knowledge they have gained in their studies. The three programs are select placements in media companies in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, the Pollock Theater, and the Center itself. The program interns come from any discipline at UCSB that stresses creative and critical thinking, media literacy and policy, collaboration and coordination, organization and integration, the craft of writing, or the art of storytelling.

UCSB University of California Washington Program (UCDC) Internship

UCSB participates in the University of California Washington Program (UCDC), which enables junior and senior undergrads to live in Washington, DC, study there, and have an internship. 

For more information about this wonderful program, please visit the UCSB UCDC program's Facebook page

UCSB Resources for Internships 

GauchoLinkUCSB Career Services offers an interactive database system that lists and manages internship and career opportunities for UCSB students.  Employers from all areas of the world can register their internships and job opportunities on GauchoLink free of charge. All UCSB students who are enrolled in the university can access this information. Career Services, part of the Career Center, is the primary campus resource for internship and career information (building #599, across from Storke Tower, next to Humanities and Social Sciences Building, 893-4412).