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Learning through Experience: COMS 507 – Experiential Learning in Communications and Media

Did you know that you can earn course credit by pairing volunteer or workplace experience with COMS 507, an individually tailored course completed under the supervision of a faculty member in communication and media studies?


Students have received COMS 507 credit by completing course work related to the following placements: 

  • Field communications work in Tanzania under the supervision of Agriteam Canada;
  • Volunteer work experience doing public relations, event planning, and social media work for a local hotel;
  • An internship with Bell Media; and
  • An editorial web internship with Elle magazine in Toronto;

In fact, the U of C student who interned at Elle magazine describes her internship was “a life changing opportunity” as she parlayed her internship into a permanent “dream” job with Elle Canada.


If you’re interested in earning course credit while participating in experiential learning opportunities, start by checking out the following:

  • community engagement opportunities hosted through U of C’s Leadership and Student Engagement Office. Look under the Community Engagement tab here:  Currently advertised opportunities are in New Orleans, Costa Rica, the Yukon, and Toronto.



Internships can be paid, unpaid, or even positions that require you to pay for the opportunity. While paid internships are the best option for most students, volunteer positions can also be a good choice if they are linked to causes you value or if they offer you valuable short-term work experience.


Once you find a potential internship or volunteer opportunity, contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs in CMF (email ) to discuss the potential and the process for pairing it with a COMS 507 course.


For the calendar description for COMS 507, scroll down on this page: