Internship Guidelines

INTERNSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION
Gaynelle Winograd, Director

INTERNSHIP IN MEDIA MANAGEMENT, RECORDING ARTS AND DIGITAL FILMMAKING
Kim Walker, Director

INTERNSHIP IN LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION
Michael Hackman, Director

WHAT IS THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?

An internship is part of the curriculum for organizational communication, media management, and recording arts majors. It is intended to give students an opportunity to apply the theory learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. Additionally, it is intended to help advanced students focus on career objectives.

WHO CAN ENROLL FOR AN INTERNSHIP?

Only declared organizational communication, media management majors, and recording arts majors can enroll in the program. Potential interns must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or the consent of the internship director. Internships are competitive and all qualified students are not guaranteed an internship. General communication majors are not eligible for an internship.

IS THE REQUIREMENT OF THE INTERNSHIP EVER WAIVED?

Occasionally the internship requirement is waived with approval of the director and a letter stating why a waiver is requested. If a waiver is granted, the student will need to successfully complete an appropriate alternative 3-credit course approved by the internship director.

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK ARE REQUIRED FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

Students may enroll for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 hours in one internship or may enroll in two different internships totaling 6 hours. It is recommended that a student wishing to enroll in two different internships do so over two semesters. For each hour of credit, students are required to work in the organization for 3 hours per week. For example, a 3-hour internship means 9 hours per week in the organization; a 6-hour internship means 18 hours per week.

WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

Students may apply for the internship in their senior year after they have completed 16 credit hours of upper division work in communication. Organizational communication majors must have completed Comm 224 and Comm 324 before they are eligible for an organizational communication internship. Media management or recording arts majors must have completed Comm 225 and Comm 227 before they are eligible.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

Fill out an internship application which may be obtained in the communication office; return it to the administrative assistant and make an appointment with the internship director. This should be done the semester before the semester in which the student wishes to do an internship.

ARE INTERNS PAID FOR THE INTERNSHIP?

Rarely do organizations offer to pay interns.

SHOULD I ACCEPT COMPENSATION IF IT IS OFFERED?

Talk this over with the internship director.

CAN I IDENTIFY AND ARRANGE FOR MY OWN INTERNSHIP?

Students may identify their own internship. However, after a potential internship has been identified, it needs to be discussed and approved by the internship director prior to registration for internship credit.

CAN I GET INTERNSHIP CREDIT FOR MY REGULAR JOB?

No.

WHAT OTHER REQUIREMENTS ARE THERE FOR INTERNS?

You will be required to keep a journal of your job-related activities and keep the director informed of your progress. You will also be required to keep and regularly report a log of your time. At the end of the semester you will need to write a final paper detailing your experience. Your grade will be based primarily on the evaluation you receive from your immediate supervisor. However, your final paper and regular updates to the internship director will also be important.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP?

Expect to be given professional job-related responsibilities.

Expect to conduct yourself in a responsible, professional manner, including appropriate attire.

Expect to uphold the standards of the department and the University.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS, MISGIVINGS, DOUBTS, ETC., ABOUT MY INTERNSHIP?

The internship director will be available to discuss any internship-related problems with you.