What are you doing this summer? The choices are many: take
a trip, go to the beach, relax. One possibility for HPU students
is a summer internship through the Career Services Center or
a practicum through one of the academic disciplines such as
Communication, psychology or social work. or the .
Through internships, students have the opportunity to explore
the work force and gain experience in their field of interest.
“[An internship] gives you that extra something that classes
can’t….It’s a better way to learn,”said senior speech major
Sam Pablo, who is interning at Tihati Productions.
Richard Catungal, a senior speech communication and advertising
major, said that he was able to work with an experienced team
of broadcasters during his internship at Hawai‘i Public Radio.
“I was able to write original news stories and was trained to
write in the radio style,” said Catungal.
Dr. Helen Varner, dean of the College of Communication, said
that internships are almost required for entry into competitive
fields such as advertising, public relations, graphic design,
or broadcasting. “Students get hands-on experience, develop
a professional network, earn a dynamite letter of recommendation,
and build a terrific portfolio.” Varner also said that internships
are a way for students to give their chosen career a “test run”
and see if they want to go into that field.
How do you find an internship? There are numerous sources available
online, but the most convenient for HPU students is the Career
Services Center or the academic division offices. The College
of Communication, for example, has a binder of more than 70
possible practicum sites available through participating business
and organizational partners with HPU.
A student would apply and send in a resume, much like they
would do for a real job. Once accepted, the student must register
for the practicum class in order to receive credit hours for
“The Communication Practicum class gives you the opportunity
to hear what others are working on. You can relate to everyone
because you’re all in the same boat. Plus it’s fun to hear what
everyone else is doing,” said Pablo.
Call the Career Services Center at 544-0230.