This course is specifically designed to help students entering into their fourth year of study to gain experience in the workplace. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of organizations including not-for-profit, for-profit, charity and 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.
You can learn more about Experiential Learning courses at York in this video from the York University Teaching Commons.
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)
"My experience in [COMN 4140] in 2014-2015 gave me the opportunity to apply a lot of my academic knowledge and abilities in workplace settings. Although there were times when I would be learning on the go, the experience taught me what I wanted from my future career, and helped me gain recognition for my skills and knowledge. One of the major lessons that I learned was how intertwined many organizations in Toronto are, and often times, doors will open where you will least expect them to" (Anonymous, 4th year Double Major)
"Avoid letting self-doubt keep you from applying to the course! Even if you are fearful of the unknown, many of your peers are also in the same boat, and [the Course Director] will ensure that you are not alone every step of the way! Be open to new ideas and opportunities, but most of all, nothing is ever a waste of time, at the end of the day this experience will help you determine how you choose your next steps after graduation" (Anonymous, 4th year Double 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 [COMN 4140] to everyone" (Elisa Martelli, 4th year COMN Major)
Please note that entry to this course is by Application ONLY (Reserved for 4th year COMN Majors with 84 credits expected to be completed by September 2017). For further information/requirements, check our Application form available on May 10, 2017, under "Quick Links - Important Forms"