Communication Arts Department and Alumni Summer Internship Fund

Thanks to the generosity of Communication Arts alumni, the department has funds to support students who undertake summer internships during their undergraduate careers. Internships can be very valuable educational experiences and steppingstones to future careers. Unfortunately, completing an internship can also be a financial challenge, so the Communication Arts department is committed to providing resources to make these opportunities more accessible. The department also recognizes that it may be difficult to apply for internships without knowing how one would support oneself; as a result, our aim is to provide advance funding commitments to students, so they can apply for internship opportunities with more confidence knowing that they will receive financial assistance. The goal is to make the benefits of internships more attainable for all.


Communication Arts majors who plan to apply for Summer internship positions and have need for financial support are therefore encouraged to apply for funding. Applicants who have excelled in their work as Communication Arts majors and have demonstrated need for support will be prioritized during application review by the department’s Careers Committee.

Award recipients must enroll in classes for the upcoming Fall semester. Spring and Summer graduates are not eligible.

How to Apply

Students complete the online application via the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). As part of the online application, students answer questions about their personal and professional goals, need for financial support, and anticipated internship plans. They also upload their résumé and provide contact information for a Communication Arts professor, instructor or teaching assistant who will serve as a reference for them (though no formal letter is required).

Award Information

Students with successful applications should expect funding commitments between $1500 and $4000. Before any promised funds can be released, successful applicants must first submit documentation that they have successfully secured an internship position that meets the minimum requirements of 20 hours per week for at least six weeks. It will also be necessary to submit a detailed budget once an internship is secured to show how the funds will be used; funds can only be used on internship-related expenses such as: living expenses away from your primary or academic-year residence; income supplementation for unpaid internship positions; travel expenses; local transportation to and from work; tuition for internship academic credit (Com Arts 614/615) when required by your internship sponsor. These funds cannot be used for expenses such as computers and other equipment or supplies that you will be able to continue to benefit from when the internship is over. If the anticipated expense budget is excessive or exorbitant or ends up being less than the amount of the funding commitment, an award may be reduced to make it possible to help other students in need.

Once documentation has been provided, expect funds to take approximately 2 weeks to be dispersed to e-fund accounts, and 4-6 weeks for paper checks.

Deadline to Apply

Applications are typically available in December and due at the start of the spring semester.