Want to Earn Internship Credits? Follow This Process Now

Below are our four steps to getting certified to complete an internship. If you plan on completing an internship for credit, you must follow all these steps. The first step in the internship process needs to be completed ASAP. If you are a sophomore, you are likely eligible to complete the first step.

  1. Fill out the application process for approval to earn internship credits.

This is the very first step in the process and should happen before anything else, including looking for an internship. To gain approval to earn internship credits, you must complete the application and submit your progress report and one-page, single-sided resume. All three portions of this application process can be found in the online Blackboard community “Spring22_Communication & DMJ Students”

Here’s where to find the application:

  • Blackboard community page

If you do not complete this step, any internship you complete will not count for any credits. Once you submit this application and it is approved, it is good until you graduate. That means if you submit this application as a sophomore but don’t complete an internship until senior year, you do not need to submit this application again. You are still approved to earn credits (as long as your GPA has not fallen below 2.5)! In order to be approved to earn internship credits, you need at least:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • 18 credits in your major
  • 60 total credits
  • 30 credits at SUNY New Paltz

The deadline to submit this application is the second Friday in March for summer or fall internships and the second Friday in November for spring internships.

2. Find an internship

Once you have been approved to earn internship credits, you will receive a congratulatory email. After you receive this email, you are free to find an internship. This step is completely up to you. You must search and apply for your own internship(s). Start early so you can be sure you have a placement before the semester starts. Follow our program on Instagram @npcommedia for regular internship opportunity postings.

3. Get internship approved by Internship Director, Nancy Heiz

Once you have found an internship and are accepted/hired into that internship, you must get that internship approved. Visit Nancy Heiz in CSB 64 to get your internship approved. Again, do not wait to do this until the semester you plan to intern.

4. Register for Internship Credits

After your internship is approved by Nancy Heiz, you must register for the internship classes. CMM490 is the internship credits, and CMM491 is the internship seminar that must be taken alongside your internship. Register for these courses like any other course you would register for.

Once you have completed these steps, you are all set to start your internship and earn credits for it!


If you need help finding an internship, read our blog site that gives you all the resources from the CMM department!

Want To Intern in Spring ‘22? Follow These Steps Before November Deadline

Students looking to graduate in Spring 2022: there is an internship eligibility deadline upcoming that you must make, or risk not graduating on time. All DMJ majors and journalism minors are required to complete an internship in order to graduate. If you are a DMJ major or journalism minor, and you have not completed or are not currently completing an internship, you must intern next semester. That means you MUST apply for internship eligibility this semester! The deadline is Friday, Nov. 12. 

So, what does that mean? Applying for internship eligibility means you have to be approved before you can earn internship credits or even start looking for an internship placement. Our department has to make sure you are ready to represent our department, internship program and SUNY New Paltz out in the work world. Once your internship eligibility application has been approved and you are eligible to earn internship credits, then you can start looking for an internship. 

To apply for internship eligibility, visit Blackboard. By clicking on the Community tab and clicking “fall21_Communication & DMJ Students” will get you to the designated folder.

First, read through the Internship Information post and make sure you understand everything in there. After you’ve read that, click the Google Form and enter all the required information to apply for eligibility. Then, upload your progress report and one-page, single-sided resume via the two Turnitin links. That’s it! Once you are approved, you will receive an email with your next steps, which include searching for an internship placement. 

Remember, the deadline to complete this process is Friday, Nov. 12 if you are planning on interning in the Spring 2022 semester. Seniors looking to graduate in Spring 2022 who haven’t completed an internship yet must make the Nov. 12 deadline or risk not graduating on time.

Take Notice of Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Here are some important dates that are coming up.

Oct. 25 – Nov. 19 – Declaration Moratorium. Students cannot declare a major or minor during this time. This is a campus-wide policy. If you need to declare your major in order to register for spring ’21 courses, you must declare before Oct. 25.

Oct. 29 – Last day for course withdrawal.

Dec. 6 – Last day to elect Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

Remember to always check the Academic Calendar  for important dates and deadlines.

Recording Now Available for Nature Culture & History Storyteller Evan Pritchard’s Live Storytelling Event on Campus Oct. 5

The recording is now available for this event here: https://newpaltz.mediasite.suny.edu/Mediasite/Play/31f31645e98b4c16840a5c40a789bc5e1d


Save the Date: Tuesday, October 5 from 4-5 p.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Location: SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center Room 100
Topic: Bundling Humans and Nature Together: An Autumn Blanket of Stories Continue reading