Permission Credits

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COMM-SAC

COMM-SAC (Communication Student Advisory Council) is the only student organization approved by the Department of Communication.  It allows students a way to be involved in the department, gain leadership experience and share insights on many department and college matters. 

COMM-SAC members can expect to perform the following duties:

  • Plan alumni visits, graduate school informational events, and other events for the department
  • Hold student focus groups to gather information on courses and policies
  • Manage and update the department Facebook page
  • Serve on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Committee
  • Serve on the Department's Grade Appeals Committee
  • Attend department faculty and Curriculum Committee meetings
  • Prepare nomination materials for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards

You can be take 1.00 credit hour in the fall semester. You can then take 1 credit or 2 credits in the spring semester.

Students wishing to receive COMS 407 Practicum credit for COMM-SAC should email Professor Laura Vazquez at lvazquez@niu.edu for additional information. 

COMS 407 Practicum

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 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!

Requirements:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • The internship must consist of at least 120 hours of work.
  • Your employer cannot be a family member.
  • Have completed at least 6 hours of major coursework at NIU.
  • Complete the internship application and all related documents.
  • Complete final evaluations and all related documents at the end of the internship.
  • Complete final evaluations and all related assignments.

You can find the internship credit application and directions here.

For information about internship credits in communication or journalism, please contact:

  • Professor Laura Vazquez, lvazquez@niu.edu, director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Communication
  • Jack King, jackking@niu.edu, director of student professional development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Advising

Laura Vazquez
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Watson Hall 213
815-753-7107
lvazquez@niu.edu 

Nathan Rice
Office Support Specialist
Watson Hall 209
815-753-1712
nrice1@niu.edu

Ryan Pumroy
815-753-5354
Watson Hall 217
pumroy@niu.edu

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