POLICY AND REQUIREMENT GUIDELINES
The internship opportunity is intended to help the student-intern
apply the knowledge established in the academic classes. You may
intern in a wide range of settings: newspapers, magazines, television
and radio, advertising and public relations agencies, corporations,
businesses, health care and many other organizations.
Eligibility: Applicants for the Internship course
should be senior-level students, or students with demonstrated
preparation in the specific area of the internship.
Procedure: At this time, it is the student’s
responsibility to investigate internship opportunities and contact
the organization/agencies and arrange interviews.
You may receive an offer from the organization/agency at the
time of the interview, or the organization/agency may arrange
to contact you later. When you decide to accept the internship,
clarify mutual expectations; confirm the start and end dates and
the schedule and the number of hours per week with the organization/agency
Course Credit Requirements:
Internship Proposal: The Student Internship
Proposal Contract Form, which can be obtained from the Communication
webpage, must be completed and signed by all parties within two
weeks of commencing your internship. This form serves as a contract
between you and the organization where you will be working.
Download this form and understand the requirements. After being
selected for the internship, meet with your supervisor and discuss
the internship proposal.
Weekly Logs: Maintain a weekly log of your activities
and thoughts about your internship. A final report (attach logs)
summarizing your internship will be due at the end of the semester.
Attendance: Students in this class will be allowed
to spend as much time as possible at their internship. Attendance
is absolutely mandatory on specific days required by the instructor.
Internship duration: A total of 150 hours must
be completed for the internship course credit. A portion of that
may be completed in the summer, if the student satisfactorily
prepared the Internship Proposal Contract ahead of time. Internship
work during the regular semester typically amounts to ten hours
per week. Document your time and obtain copies of the same for
your internship record.
Completing the internship: To complete the internship
successfully, you need to submit 1) weekly logs and the final
report and 2) any other assignments. 3) Additionally, your organization/agency
supervisor will also be asked to complete an evaluation of your
work and to verify your hours. These documents will form the permanent
record of your internship. Credit will be withheld if the reports
and evaluations are not completed by the end of the semester.
Termination: Once the contract has been completed,
most internships are completed satisfactorily and without incident.
If problems develop during your internship, which you are not
able to resolve directly with your agency supervisor, contact
the Internship Coordinator right away.
During the first weeks of the internship, informal evaluations
will be made of your abilities, attitude, and performance. Any
of the parties to the internship--student, organization/agency,
or Internship Coordinator--may request that the arrangement be
terminated at that time if it is not working satisfactorily. After
the first approximately three weeks, termination should be considered
only in the most serious circumstances, and only with the full
knowledge and consent of all parties.
Proposal for Fall 2006