Internships College of Arts and Humanities FAQs


Q: How do I enroll in COM 496?

A: You will need a permission number to enroll in COM 496. In order to receive a permission number, you must contact the course instructor, Lisa Mastramico, at or by coming to her office hours (varies by semester). She will confirm you have met the prerequisites for the course and if you are eligible, she will give you a permission number to enroll.

Q: Do I need to secure an internship before I can enroll in COM 496?

A: You do not need to have an internship in order to enroll in the course. Part of the course is learning how to find an internship. If you have begun your search early, or have any questions, you can always receive advising from the course instructor, Lisa Mastramico, by visiting her office hours (varies by semester).

Q: When does the class meet?

A: COM 496 does not meet regularly. The majority of your time will be spent working in your internship for the required 120 hours. However, you are required to attend an orientation session, where you will learn about the course requirements, how to secure an internship, how to prepare for your internship and more. This first session is mandatory and there are a variety of times and dates available, which will be posted on Blackboard and available to you once you are enrolled in the course.

Q: What kinds of internships are accepted/approved?

A: Your internship must align with your major and the coursework you have completed. For PR/Advertising Majors, for example, you might work with an established company helping with their events or strategic social media campaigns. Or you might work directly with a PR company and assist on their current projects. Journalism majors might work with a print publication or in digital journalism with an established online sports publication. Media majors might intern in LA with a production company reading and evaluating scripts or get hands on experience working as a production assistant. These are just a few examples. The main thing to keep in mind is that it has to be related to your coursework and major.

Q; How many hours do I need to work for the three units?

A: Students must complete 120 hours of work at their internship.

Q: How do I find an internship?

A: Finding an internship is one of the main things covered in the orientation. However, you can receive advising anytime from the course instructor, Lisa Mastramico, who can help guide you in the process.

Q: When should I start looking for an internship?

A: You can start looking anytime, though it’s advisable to start more than a semester before you are going to be enrolled in the course. Please remember that you cannot begin any internship until you have enrolled in the course, completed the necessary paperwork (given out in orientation) and have had your internship approved by the course instructor, Lisa Mastramico.

Q: I did an internship last semester but wasn’t enrolled. Can I enroll now and get credit?

A: No. There is no retroactive credit available. You cannot receive credit for any hours that were worked previous to being enrolled. There are no exceptions.

Q: Can I get credit for a paid internship?

A: Yes. You will get credit for any internship as long as you are enrolled in the course.  

Q: What happens if I don’t complete my 120 hours in a semester?

A: If you have earned less than 60 hours you will receive a no credit and will have to take the course again. If you have earned 60 hours or more you will receive an incomplete and will have six months to complete your hours.

Q: Can I complete my internship over the summer?

A: Yes. You may enroll in a summer section of COM 496 and complete your internship.

Q: Can I do an internship outside of the L.A. area?

A: Yes.

Q: What happens if I can’t locate an internship?

A: Professor Mastramico will assist you in locating an appropriate internship. Please make an appointment to meet with her if you are having trouble.

Q: Can I repeat COM 496?

A: No. We want you to graduate and get a paying position.