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Finding an Internship: Strategic & Personal Communication

Digital Media & Journalism Internships

Every Strategic & Personal Communication student must complete a DMCA 499 Internship for at least 3 credit hours to graduate.

Internships are prevalent and prospective employers want to meet you! So, no matter where you are on your educational path, begin networking now. That means with everyone – ask your classmates, your friends, your professors, etc. The people you come in contact with every day are some of your best resources.

Also, Career Services has made it even easier for you to connect with professionals worldwide through Handshake. Claim your account and search for available internship opportunities with companies looking for a rising professional like you.

DMCA 499 Course Eligibility

To be eligible for an internship for credit, you must have:

  • Junior or senior status
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Declared a major within the Strategic & Personal Communication department
  • Completed 24 hours within your major (not including COMS 101 or SCOM 110)
  • Completion of the DMCA 499 Internship Workshop prior to interning (see below for the current schedule)
  • No more than one outstanding BWVW/CSER requirement (Residential students only)

Note:  Internship opportunities must be approved through an application process through the School of Communication & the Arts

Prerequisite Internship Workshop – Two options

  1. Virtual Internship Workshop:

We are pleased to offer the all-new Virtual DMCA 499 Internship Workshop, now available online! We encourage all Residential and Liberty Online students to take advantage of this on-demand option, which will allow SCA majors to complete the workshop requirement at any time prior to applying for the DMCA 499 Internship class. We will still offer in-person workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters for those who want them.

Juniors and Seniors intending to complete an internship for credit must attend a workshop at least once prior to applying for the DMCA 499 course. Students only ever need to complete one (1) workshop either online or in person.

    • The virtual workshop will take about an hour.
    • The virtual workshop includes a quiz that must be passed with a 90% or better.
    • The virtual workshop needs to be completed in one sitting.
    • The virtual workshop is repeatable if you do not pass the first time.

Click the button below to take the virtual workshop now. Be sure to log in using your Liberty credentials to make sure your quiz is registered:

Virtual DMCA 499 Internship Workshop

  2. Live Workshop:

If you would prefer to attend a live event, we will host one LIVE workshop simultaneously in-person and in a webinar this Fall:

Monday, October 10th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am in Green Hall, 1870A

LIVE DMCA 499 Internship Workshop

If you miss the live event, you may complete the Virtual Internship Workshop (above) at any time.

Application Packet:

You will need the following documents as you complete the Internship Workshop and prepare to apply for the DMCA 499 course on Handshake. The packet includes the following documents:

  • USIA SSA DRAFT: Use this draft form to gather all of the information that you will use when filling out the Handshake application.
  • How To Request An Internship: Here are the step-by-step instructions to help you fill out the Handshake application. Please be sure that you have completed the workshop and have an internship in hand before filling out the Handshake application.

Please email dmca499@liberty.edu if you have any questions.

Apply for DMCA 499 Internship Class

*** We have concluded our registration for Fall 2022 internships. The next application window is for the Spring 2023 semester.

Even after taking the Workshop, students cannot add the DMCA 499 Internship class on their own because of the prerequisites. Here’s the application process:

  1.  Attend an internship workshop either in-person or online prior to applying for the DMCA 499 internship class. This is where you will receive detailed instructions about internships and an overview of the application procedure. Look for social media posts, web announcements, and digital signage in Green Hall throughout the semester announcing the dates/times of the in-person workshops. The virtual workshop is always available (link above).
  2. Land an Internship! Apply to several internship opportunities. You are likely to receive an offer if you are determined. Contact dmca499@liberty.edu if you are unsure that your internship opportunity fits your major area of study.
  3. Once you have an offer in hand, you must apply on Handshake to have your internship formally evaluated and approved through a vetting process. Your application and academic standing will be reviewed along with the specifics of the opportunity. If everything looks good, the Handshake request will enter into a digital signature approval process. When you’re ready to apply, click on the Handshake link below to “Request an Experience.” (See How To Request An Internship for instructions.)


Request an Experience on Handshake


Approvals:  After you, your internship site supervisor, and the Liberty Internship Coordinator sign-off on your internship, the Faculty Internship Advisor will send your request for DMCA 499 registration to the Registrar.

Registration:  The Registrar will now add you to the class (if your account is free from any holds).


Registration Deadlines

  • Handshake applications must be entered no less than 1-week before the Financial Check-In deadline for your selected semester. Both residential and LUO internships sections run Fall, Spring, and Summer in 14-16-week (J-term) sections based on the Registrar’s published academic calendar.
  • We are now accepting Spring 2023 Handshake applications. The Fall registration window has closed for 2022.

*Because the prerequisite approvals and the contract take time to complete, you need to give yourself plenty of time before the registration deadline. Contact Professor John Rost at dmca499@liberty.edu with any questions well in advance of the deadlines.

Credit Hours

Hours of Work

A 3-credit-hour internship requires that you work at least 180 hours.

  • You may choose to register for an internship for more than 3 credit hours. Up to 6 credit hours are allowed.
  • Each additional credit hour (over 3) adds 60 hours of work to your internship requirements.
  • Additional internship credit hours may be used to fulfill upper-level elective requirements on your Degree Completion Plan (DCP).

Credit Hours

The first 3 credit hours of your internship must be completed within your major – not your minor. Internships must be completed during the semester in which you are registered for the course. Additionally, you cannot receive internship credit for any experience that may have happened in the past.

Extended Internships

You may find that you like your internship so much that you want to continue for more than one semester. If so, you will need to fill out a separate Handshake application for each additional semester you want course credit.

Getting Paid

You may get paid for your internship. In fact, we hope you do.

It may be possible for you to use your current job as your internship. But remember- your job duties must line up with your objectives and be related to your field of study. Each internship site must be individually approved by your faculty internship advisor, John Rost at dmca499@liberty.edu.

Internship Site Responsibilities

  • You must be directly supervised by someone who has a degree in your area of study or has a minimum of five (5) years of documented experience in the given field.
  • The company or organization must provide enough work to fill the work hour requirements agreed upon in the contract.
  • Your supervisor must agree to give feedback about your experience by filling out a mid and final evaluation.
  • Telecommuting or virtual internships are possible. They should usually be paid. Contact the faculty internship advisor, John Rost at dmca499@liberty.edu about current applicable laws and regulations.
  • All internship opportunities are evaluated in light of The Liberty Way – Student Honor Code. While it is expected that Liberty students uphold the Code regardless of their location, no internship site will be approved which may encourage a violation of the Code.
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