Every communications major at USC Aiken completes a capstone experience that features either an internship supervised by a communication professional or a service-learning experience. 

In addition to hands-on training and experience, students complete academic requirements to analyze and report on what they learned.

Service Learning Capstone

The Service Learning Capstone Internship (COMM 499)  provides the opportunity to apply principles of effective communication in community service projects.

Students have provided communications-related community service at organizations such as United Way, Helping Hands, and the American Red Cross. In addition to the work in a community charitable organization, there are various academic requirements.

This is one of two communication courses designed to provide a culminating experience for the communication major. The objective is for the student to work as a volunteer for a nonprofit charitable organization where you will be able to apply the theories, principles and concepts you have learned in your communication classes to communication situations you face in the work world, specifically, in the non-profit, charitable organization. Thus this option permits you to provide a needed service to your community while using the communication skills and principles you have acquired in your education.

Directed Internships

The Directed Capstone Internship (COMM 497) offers communication majors an opportunity to receive credit while working under the supervision of a communication professional on the campus or in the community.

Students have gained hands-on experience at newspapers like the Aiken Standard, television and radio stations such as WJBF-TV or Shout Radio 94.7 FM, public relations departments, Bella Magazine, The American Red Cross, The Wild Turkey Federation, Global Spectrum, the Augusta RiverHawks publicity program, and our own USC Aiken Advancement Department.

The interns also complete a variety of academic requirements. Recent interns have been placed with Global Spectrum, the USC Aiken Development Office, various public relations offices, local newspapers and television stations, and many other organizations. This is one of two communication courses designed to provide a culminating experience for the communications major.