Before and During the Internship
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- Read this handbook!
- Utilize department resources and review the internship board in the lobby on the sixth floor, Pioneer Tower. Talk to your advisor about internship suggestions.
- Talk to your peers, especially those who have completed an internship experience.
- Visit the Career Center in person and via the Internet. Attend the Career Fair to find internship possibilities.
- Contact potential employers. Go through the employer’s internship application process.
- When the employer indicates you may complete an internship, complete the “Internship Work Agreement” form.
Collect the following items and meet with your advisor:
- the Internship Work Agreement form
- your current résumé
- your university progress report, with media studies courses highlighted
- directions to the employer’s place of business
- Once your advisor approves of the internship experience, discuss how you will submit weekly progress reports (e-mail, Desire2Learn, snail mail, in person delivery, etc.), when you might expect a visit from the department during your internship, and any other questions you might have about reporting and grading.
- Once the internship work agreement has been accepted, the department will contact the employer to confirm your work arrangement and to let the employer know what the department expects from the organization. We will provide evaluation forms for the mid-point of your internship experience and a final evaluation. You are responsible for reminding your supervisor to complete these evaluations and submit them to the department by mail, FAX, or e-mail.
- Establish with your advisor or department representative your method for regular contact throughout the internship experience. Your advisor should be able to provide Word .doc files for the weekly progress report, the evaluation form, and the handbook. Also available for download are the handbook and the necessary forms in pdf and Word formats.
- During the second week of work, you must begin submitting weekly reports. Hours cannot be counted for credit unless the hours are reported in a timely fashion (within seven working days). Late forms will not be accepted.
- Before you reach the mid-point of the hours you have agreed to work, remind your supervisor to complete the mid-point evaluation, and ask your supervisor to submit that evaluation to the department promptly.
- A department representative will contact you to arrange an on-site visit. This time is used to assess the internship experience, not your performance. It is also an opportunity for the department to connect face-to-face with your employer. You are responsible for setting up an appropriate meeting time, of about 30 minutes, with yourself, your supervisor, and a department representative.
- At least one week before the end of your internship experience (or the end of the hours you need to accumulate), remind your supervisor to complete the final evaluation of your performance, and ask your supervisor to submit that evaluation to the department.
- By the end of the term in which the internship experience is conducted, or within two weeks of the completion of your internship hours, whichever is first, you must submit examples of the work you accomplished on the internship. These should be of portfolio quality. Only digital examples are acceptable. Indicate what role you fulfilled to create this product. Explain how you conducted the internship work (e.g, what software you used and what hardware you utilized). Submit this work to your advisor for review.
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