Professional Field Experience
The Professional Field Experience (PFE), or internship, is one of the most valuable learning experiences a student can have at West Virginia University. The PFE affords students opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom, make important networking and reference contacts, affirm (or refute) career plans and enhance resumes and portfolios, all essential for future success.Find an Internship
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Communication Studies students at West Virginia University have completed internships with advertising agencies, public relations firms, insurance companies, hospitals, non-profit organizations, pharmaceutical companies, event management firms, radio and television stations, chambers of commerce, human resource departments, consulting firms, and more. The possibilities for internship experiences are endless.
A Professional Field Experience is not simply a part time job. An internship is intended to be a professional leaning experience. Students completing their Professional Field Experience are representatives of the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University and are expected to maintain a high standard of mature and professional contact throughout their PFE.
Obtaining Your Internship
There are quite a few Communication Studies internships in the MountaineerTrak system. Students are recruited and accepted for these internships on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, students are required to apply for these internships, and there is no guarantee of acceptance. The PFE Coordinator might know of further opportunities in your field or geographic location of interest. You are also encouraged to utilize your own resources, contacts and ingenuity to obtain an internship. You may target specific companies, agencies, fields for internship positions in your area of interest. There is a list of potential internship sources on the website as well.
There is a great deal of flexibility with internship options, however, student internships for credit must be approved in advance by the Professional Field Experience coordinator. Approval may be obtained by providing a job description on organizational letterhead to the PFE coordinator. This is required in order to register for the PFE course.
Frequently Asked Questions about PFE
Students often have questions about the specific requirements and policies surrounding the PFE aspect of the Communication Studies major. For convenience, we’ve collected the most-commonly asked questions on a separate page to help navigate you through the experience. In addition to these questions, students are also directed to PFE Director Nikki Loy.Internship FAQ