Organizational Communication

Internships and Applied Project Opportunities

Internships and applied projects provide students with practical experiences in a professional work setting. The goal of an internship or project is to better prepare students for careers while discovering likes or dislikes of 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.

Dr. Janet McCormick
344 Jones Hall

Dr. Mary Beth Asbury
342 Jones Hall

Dr. Sharon Smith
346 Jones Hall

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.

Students wanting to do an internship should enroll in ORCO 4220 ( 40 internship hours per 1 credit hour). This is an online EXL course (experiential learning).  

Students wanting to do an applied project should enroll in ORCO 4210 (40 work hours per 1 hour credit).  This is an EXL course. 

Below are some of the internships available.

This is a great link with lots of volunteer opportunities:

Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
needs interns.

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
needs help with fundraising events.

Campus Life needs volunteers.  Contact Sara Knepper at .

Decadent Details Events needs interns to help with events.  Contact Kelly at
615-904-5630 or Susan at 615-497-7990.

Boys and Girls Clubs in Murfreesboro and Smyrna need volunteer tutors, flag football referees, and people to help with the Blues 4 Blues Festival.  Call 615-890-2582.

Expanding Your Horizons conference, held at MTSU in mid September, needs group leaders.  Contact Laura Clippard at

Hispanic Family Center needs help with fundraising, grant writing, and marketing.  Contact Karen Duvall,

Dr. Janet McCormick and Kimberly Greenwood were
EXL Award winners, April 2010. Most courses in the
Organizational Communication major including Internships
are EXL (experiential learning) with hands-on projects
and activities.