Communication Studies Capstone

Experiential learning is an important part of how our program helps majors achieve Communication Studies program learning goals. The Capstone, experienced through 3, 9, or 15 credits in a practicum or internship format, is the culminating experiential component of the CMST curriculum for the Communication Studies major. Students can choose to do:

  1. Capstone Practicum (CMST 494) for 3 credits (135 hours/semester) during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester


  2. a Capstone Internship (CMST 492 for 3 credits + CMST 495 for 6-12 credits) (240-480 hour/semester), available only during Summer semesters

This practicum or internship helps students synthesize their learning from previous coursework and activities through a portfolio reflection process while students apply and reflect upon their learning within a chosen organizational context, either as an FSU Communication Leadership Lab assistant or as an intern in a regional organization.

Students should keep the following in mind as they build their academic portfolio to prepare for the Capstone experience:

  • Keep all major course materials, including notes, handouts, text books, and open source materials from all core and track courses in the major to use for Capstone reflection.
  • Use the Blackboard Portfolio site to save portfolio materials as directed by faculty.
  • Plan ahead for your practicum or internship Capstone experience by taking CMST 335 early in your major course schedule to start building your portfolio and to begin exploring about Capstone options.
  • Talk with your advisor about when to schedule the Capstone and be sure to sign up one semester ahead of when you plan to do the Capstone when eligible: Students must take CMST 102, CMST 335, CMST 451, and one additional 3-credit CMST course before signing up for Capstone. Once you are ready to schedule the Capstone course, send an email to Dr. Ruminski with your advisor copied as needed indicating you have met the prerequisites to seek permission to enroll for the next semester.
  • Stay networked during your major courses by building relationships with your faculty mentors and fellow majors and by participating in course and program activities.
  • Attend program and networking events on campus and in the community and use the Career Services Office available on campus.If you have any questions, contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at

Be sure to check the list of Communication internship opportunities provided by the Career and Professional Development Center.

Competitive Positions affiliated with the CMST department:

Capstone Experiences

Kaytie Riley Senior Kaytie Riley
Garrett County’s Dove Center


Davonne WalkerDavonne Walker
Communication Leadership Lab Assistant


Justice SiffordJustice Sifford
Communication Leadership Lab Assistant


More Student Capstone Experiences


Communication Studies
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Dr. Keith Terry
Department of Communication
348H Gira Center

Connie Capacchione, Program Management Specialist
Fax: 301.687.3033