Get Real Work Experience While Earning Credits

Field Experience Course (AP/COMN 4140 6.0)

For the first time ever starting in the 2019/20 school year, the department of Communication Studies is offering this course to any student interested. New and current students welcome. This is a great opportunity for students to get real work experience. Showing students the numerous paths you can take with a Communication Degree after graduation.

This course is not a degree requirement.

Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments including public/private sectors, not-for-profit, commercial/alternative media, and arts & community organizations. The course meets in class approximately one-third of the time (in September, December, January and March), and the rest of the time students work in individual placements in the GTA (8 hours/week as supervised on site). The course combines course readings with group discussions and workplace application of communication - all in a collaborative and supportive learning environment. This may include media design, production, distribution and evaluation, with no previous experience necessary!

Students who have taken the course emphasize how much they have learned while applying teachings from their communication courses at the workplace, and how much this experience has helped them develop critical skills and learn more about what they want to do after graduation. Students are given the option of finding their own internship and collaborating with the course director to craft a curriculum that matches their field.

Previous students of the COMN Field Experience course offer the following comments:

"My internship with Craft Ontario as their Communications Assistant provided me with unparalleled experiences. Paired with the course work, I feel much more confident to pursue a job in the communications field"  (Danielle Sanders, 4th year COMN Major)

"It is a fantastic course which balances theory and practical work in the field of communications, while also making connections. In a supportive environment, it empowers the student with the necessary tools and resources needed to thrive in both settings. It has been one of my most memorable experiences of my university life. I highly recommend this course to everyone"  (Elisa Martelli, 4th year COMN Major)

Here is a video of Priscilla Reidt, talking about her experience in the experiential education program. This was a great program for students to explore the opportunities available in the communities right near York University. Check out Priscilla's profile and see where she is today on our Alumni page HERE.