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Beyond the Classroom

Department of Communication

Take a break from your books.

Studying and taking tests is important, but so is going beyond the classroom to maximize your college experience. Check out the options you have to make the most of your time at Purdue Fort Wayne.

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Jobs and internships

Opportunities for experience—and some extra spending cash.

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job on campus or a full-time job after graduation, we have lots of options.

Find a Job

Internships come in two flavors: paid and unpaid. Check out what’s available now, and look back often for more opportunities.

Find An Internship

The Department of Communication encourages students to participate in an internship during their junior or senior years. Internships benefit students in a number of ways:

  • Students will get a feel for the ways in which an education in communication is translated into the world of work.
  • An internship will advance a student’s education further.
  • Students will be more viable in the job market upon graduation because of their experience.

The department is committed to developing internship opportunities for all communication majors. Students within the various communication programs have interned at many different types of sites, including broadcast stations, advertising agencies, and social service organizations. We will work with you to find an appropriate site for your internship, although your active pursuit of internship sites will serve you well in developing job-seeking skills.

For more information, contact your PFW advisor or Dan Reed, limited-term lecturer and internship coordinator, at [email protected] or 260-481-6825.

To begin the internship process, please review the Department of Communication internship guidelines:

  • Internships should be limited to junior and senior students.
  • Interns can earn 1 to 3 credits per semester. 
    • For 1 credit: hours worked are approximately 2.5 to 5.0 per week, 40 to 79 total.
    • For 2 credits: hours worked are approximately 5.0 to 7.5 per week, 80 to 119 total.
    • For 3 credits: hours worked are approximately 7.5 to 10 per week, 120 to 160 total.
  • Midterm and final evaluations of the student’s performance by the on-site supervisor will be part of the overall evaluative process.
  • The student will provide a written debriefing of the experience to the internship director.
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Centers of Excellence

Research is kind of a thing around here.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Centers of Excellence provide real-world impact by leveraging the expertise of our faculty and partnering with community members. The Department of Communication is proud to be affiliated with two of these centers. 

The Center for Collaborative Media is for potential and pragmatism, where
critical-thinking and practical skills are blended in harmony with one another.

The Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies supports both educational and community opportunities to raise awareness of the Holocaust and genocide.

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Study Abroad

Let the world be your classroom.

Your college experience is special—and uniquely yours. Imagine enhancing it by taking your studies overseas. Living and learning in a different country will foster both your independence and your personal development. Through this experience, and the knowledge you’ll gain living like a local, you’ll emerge with a new perspective.