Dear Prospective Intern:

When you made the decision to pursue an internship in your emphasis area in Speech Communication, you launched a plan that will greatly enhance your education. As I always tell my students, “Those students who serve internships have job opportunities that others do not have.”

Some of what you will experience includes the opportunity to:

  • earn academic credit for departmental and/or guided electives

  • gain valuable on-the-job experience

  • apply the skills you have learned in the classroom

  • develop new skills and knowledge from your host organization’s professional staff

  • learn to work with others in a professional setting

  • participate firsthand in an organization’s daily operations

Read the linked material very carefully. Submit the preliminary application to me immediately. It does not obligate you to serve an internship, but rather allows me to make sure you are eligible to do so. If there are any problems with eligibility or placement, they can be resolved as this time.

Next, all potential interns need to develop or update a résumé. PR students need to create or update a portfolio of written work. Org Comm and General Speech students who have material for a portfolio should make one. You should feel free to call upon your advisor and major professors for assistance with your résumé and portfolio.

Finally, you are ready to interview with host organizations to secure an intern site. When you have one, you must complete the enclosed contract and have it signed by the host organization and your advisor before submitting it to me.

I am always available to you to help in the internship-seeking process and during the internship itself. Note how to reach me below.


Suzannah A. Patterson

Assistant Professor and Intern Coordinator

Nevins Hall room 1022

229.333.5820 (27) 229.245.7483

FAX: 229.245.3799 

E-mail: spatters@valdosta.edu