Laura Eurich, Internship Director
Internship Questions and Answers
An internship is part of the curriculum for the Digital Filmmaking & Media Arts, Media Studies, and Professional Communication (Organizationa, Strategic, and Leadership Communication) tracks.
Only declared Professional Communication (Organizational, Strategic, and Leadership Communication), Media Studies, as well as Digital Filmmaking & Media 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rarely do organizations offer to pay interns.
Talk this over with the internship director.
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.
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.
- 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.
The internship director will be available to discuss any internship-related problems with you.