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Have you ever wondered what “Senior Seminar” is or what the difference between a practicum and an internship is? Yes? Then this post is for you!
Senior Seminar – COMM 46091
Senior seminar is a course that all concentrations within communication studies (excluding applied) are required to take. This course will focus on preparing you for graduation and life in the “real world” of searching for, finding and working at your first job out of college.
As I have not taken and will not take Senior Seminar, I thought I’d ask an alumni who had taken the class to give some of his thoughts on “Senior Sem”
Kyle Hovest, 2014 interpersonal communication graduate:
“Senior Seminar is a cultivating experience of your time in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. You work on strengthening skills that will allow you to find and succeed in a job in the Communication field of work. The class is a way for you to “wrap up” your studies and to be able to speak and write about your present and future in Communication Studies.
The projects were practical in the sense that you would be able to use them in your future work. Whether it was preparing your resume for job fairs and interviews or creating an online portfolio to better market yourself in the Communications field, the projects allowed you to purposely reflect on your time at Kent State University and where you saw your future headed.
I feel like Senior Seminar was one of the few classes that you can say truly tries to prepare you for the “real world.” The projects were very big, so they required strong time management.
I enjoyed being able to work on an online portfolio, interview professionals in my field of work and learn how to represent myself to employers in the future.
My advice to someone about to take this class, would be to make the most out of it. I know that Communication Studies can sometimes have a stigma of not being “the most useful” degree to get in college. However, if you are seriously about using the degree as well as focusing on your person concentration in Communication Studies, you can really benefit from this course. The professors who teach it really want you to use the degree to your benefit and to find a job that fits your wants.”
Internship vs. Practicum
I think one of the best ways to describe the difference between an internship and a practicum is that most practicums are internships, but not all internships are practicums.
Any communication studies student with junior standing who has gotten a C or better in Foundations of Communication (COMM 20000) and has a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better can do an internship for credit. Doing an internship requires 130 contact hours for every 3 credit hours and can be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. These credit hours cannot replace a required class. The Internship requires students to keep a log of their work hours, a journal of their activities and a 10-12 page paper designed to discuss theory in practice.
Practicum is a requirement for applied concentrations, that consists of 150 work hours worth 3 credit hours. A practicum is like an internship; for instance, I’m doing this internship with the School of Communication Studies to fulfill my practicum requirement. The Practicum requires students to build a portfolio of work, in addition to completing the duties of the position. Positions for Practicum should include some aspects of design, communication, and writing.
To read more about Communication Internships and Practicums go to http://www.kent.edu/comm/internships-practicums
If you have questions about other classes, or want more in-depth information on one of these classes, don’t hesitate to contact the School of Communication Studies – see the contact page for more information!
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