Internships allow students to apply information from the classroom to real work situations. The goal of an internship or project is to better prepare students for careers while discovering likes or dislikes for potential career paths.

If you want to register for an internship or applied project, you must get permission from the professor who is listed as instructor for the course.

If you are looking for an internship or applied project, the Psychology Department has a nice list of nonprofit opportunities.

Volunteer Rutherford has good lists of nonprofits in this county:

Hands On Nashville lists numerous opportunities to volunteer.

To find applied projects on campus, check with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

Also talk to your professors and to other students to get ideas for internships and applied projects.

Internships for ORCO majors

Students who want to do an internship should enroll in ORCO 4220.  This is an online experiential learning course, graded A-F, requires 120 work/volunteer hours, and requires four reflective papers and an internship supervisor’s evaluation.  Students also turn in an agreement form and a log of hours.

Students who want to do an applied project should enroll in ORCO 4210.   This is similar to an internship, but students work 120 hours on projects both on and off campus with minimal faculty supervision.  It is pass/fail, and so does not require reports or papers, but students turn in an agreement form, a log of hours, and an evaluation form.

For ORCO majors, 3 hours of internship/applied projects count in the major.  If you take more internship or applied project hours, those are electives.  Both ORCO 4220 Internship and ORCO 4210 Applied Projects are repeatable up to 6 hours each.

Internships for students in the Com Studies Concentration

An internship is highly recommend.  Internships help prepare students for job interviews as well as give insights into what is expected in a work setting.  Talk with the internship professor about your potential internship, and when you receive permission, enroll in COMM 4900 Internship in Communication Studies.

EXL Scholars Designation

If you have taken at least 15 hours of EXL courses, contact Ms. Carol Swayze ( before your last semester and ask about registering for the 1-hour EXL seminar. For more information on the EXL program, check the website.