COMS students are required to obtain an internship as a way to gain more experience in a professional setting within the media industry. Students are responsible for securing their own position, filling out and submitting the required forms in order to be enrolled in COMS 499. As a graduation requirement, students must fulfill at least 4 units for COMS 499 which is equivalent to 180 hours at your internship.

As a department, we hope our students find meaningful positions that encourage an application of what is learned in class. We hope these positions also give students an opportunity to pursue personal interests. We encourage students to start researching early, apply to multiple positions, and to talk to other students about their experiences.




**Dear COMS Majors,
We hope your semesters are going well, and that registration has gone as smoothly as possible thus far.
We wanted to send you an important notice regarding a change in the COMS 499 Senior Internship class and how the department handles it.  This is a contract course that students register for with paperwork at the beginning of each semester, and that will stay the same.  But whereas in the past Dr. Burch oversaw and helped run 499 (and did a tremendous job), beginning in January most of that oversight and work will now shift to the new Arts & Humanities Internship Coordinator Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen. 
Ianthe has a background in media and has many media connections (and is great with students), so going to her for help is strongly encouraged.  You’ll also need her signature on 499 forms (along with the COMS Chair’s) at the beginning of the semester in which you’re taking 499.  And even if you’re not yet close to being a senior, and would like to plan way ahead to find the best possible internship that suits your interests and goals, she could help with that too.
For the rest of the semester Ianthe is available in her Carson 62 office on Monday, 12:30 to 1:30; Tuesday, 11:00 to 12:30 & 3:30 to 4:00; Wednesday, 12:30 to 1:30, and by appointment if none of those times work.  She’ll have new office hours beginning in mid-January.  Her email is:
And if you have any questions about any of this please don’t hesitate to talk to me or to Brooke in the COMS office…
Best Wishes,
Marco Calavita
Professor and Chair, COMS

COMS 499 is for Students to take during their Senior year in the COMS program. Freshmen through Juniors should not enroll in COMS 499 unless it is during summer or intersession through Extended Education. Internships must be media related.

You will need 4 units of internship credit to graduate with a COMS degree. Students can sign up for 1-4 units at a time. 1 unit = 45 hours, 2 units = 90, 3 units = 135, and 4 unit = 180 hours.

You can't register for the COMS 499 internship online. You must fill out the papwerwork (all forms can be found on the left hand side of this page) and turn them into the internship advisor with appropriate signatures. You will be added to the class manually.



Our students are generally looking for internships at the beginning of each semester. A great time to send internship announcements is in late July/early August, late December/Early January, and around graduation time in May. This is when students should be planning for and registering for classes.

Students are required to have 4 units of internship credit to graduate as a COMS major. Students can sign up for 1-4 units at a time. 1 unit = 45 hours, 2 units = 90, 3 units = 135, and 4 unit = 180 hours.

Send your job announcements to our office by email and we will forward them to our students and post a print copy in our department. They will be sent out when you send them to us. You are welcome to resend announcements at different times during the semester. Send all announcements to