Internship Guidelines

INTERNSHIP CONTACTS


Lauren Bacon Brengarth, Director, Internship in Strategic Communication
Michael Hackman, Director, Internship in Leadership Communication
Maja Krakowiak, Director, Internship in Media Studies
David Nelson, Director, Internship in General Communication
Kim Walker, Director, Internship in Media Management, Recording Arts and Digital Filmmaking
Gaynelle Winograd, Director, Internship in Organizational Communication

INTERNSHIP FORMS


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INTERNSHIP Q&A


What is the internship program?

An internship is part of the curriculum for organizational communication, strategic communication, media studies, digital filmmaking & media arts, as well as leadership communication 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, strategic communication, media studies, digital filmmaking & media arts, as well as leadership communication 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.

Is the requirement of 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 an 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 2240 and Comm 3240 before they are eligible for an organizational communication internship. Digital filmmaking & media arts majors must have completed Comm 2250 and Comm 2270 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 or submit it directly to the internship director. Applications are due the semester before the semester in which the student wishes to do an internship. Each internship director handles the entire internship process.

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 credit for my regular job?

No.

What other requrirements 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, misgifvings, doubts, etc., about my internship?

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