Permission Credits


COMS 407 Practicum

COMS 407 Practicum refers to a course of study in which you apply your learned skills or knowledge – you put them into practice. In other words, it is a project or duty where you apply your skills and learning.

Independent Study/Directed Individual Study

An Independent Study/Directed Individual Study provides you with an opportunity for individual faculty mentoring and engagement in the completion of a project. Consult with a faculty member who will oversee your project.

  • COMS 498A Independent Study: research projects for Communication majors and minors
  • COMS 498B Media Production Independent Study: media production projects for Communication majors and minors
  • JOUR 495 Directed Individual Study: journalistic research or production projects for Journalism majors or minors

Internships (COMS 497 or JOUR 492)

Internships are a great way to gain career experience and further your professional development. With an internship, you can start to build networks and references as you apply the skills and ideas from the classroom out in the world – all while earning college credit!


  • Be in good academic standing.
  • The internship must consist of at least 120 hours of work.
  • Your employer cannot be a family member.
  • You must have completed at least six hours of major coursework at NIU.
  • You must complete the internship application and all related documents.
  • The internship must be approved before you can enroll.
  • You may not receive credit retroactively for an internship.
  • You must complete final evaluations and all related documents at the end of the internship including a paper or portfolio.

Internship Documents

For information about internship credits in communication or journalism, please contact Professor Laura Vazquez, Ph.D. at

Undergraduate Advising

Laura Vazquez, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson Hall 213

Nathan Rice
Office Support Specialist
Watson Hall 209

Ryan Pumroy
Watson Hall 217

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