Internship Registration and Policies

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  Minimum criteria to register for 4990 Media Studies Internship

  • You must be in good academic standing (not on probation), with at least 60 credits earned (or in progress at time of registration) overall.
  • You must have earned (or have in progress at time of registration) 21 credits in media studies.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your advisor. To this meeting, take the following:
    • your university progress report (from PeopleSoft) with media studies courses highlighted
    • your current résumé
    • a completed “Internship Work Agreement” form
    • a printed map and/or directions to your employer’s location
  • Once your advisor approves of the internship experience, you will need an “Internship Registration” card. Give the completed card to the department assistant so you can register for the course.
  • You are encouraged (but not required) to complete 3010 Business Communication prior to registering for 4990 Media Studies Internship.

Administrative Policies

  • The internship experience must relate to your emphasis and career interests.
  • The internship may be paid or unpaid. This is negotiated between you and the employer.
  • You may not conduct an internship experience where a relative is your employer or direct supervisor.
  • The work experience must be off-campus and must be located on site (at the employer’s place of business; the work cannot be equivalent to freelance or independent contractor work). You may not work from home or on campus (i.e., in computer labs).
  • The internship experience must be at least one credit and requires a minimum of 50 hours of work experience. You are encouraged to complete more than the minimum number of hours.
  • The internship experience may not exceed three credits per semester/session.
  • Internship credits are repeatable once (for one to three credits), with up to six credits to be counted towards your degree program. Each experience must be significantly different (e.g., working for a different department within one company or working for a different employer in the same field).
  • Internship grades are determined on a pass/fail basis. Passing requires the following items:
    • appropriate approval are on file prior to registration;
    • weekly reports are filed with the department in a timely manner (hours to be counted for credits must be reported within 10 days of occurrence)
    • at least the minimum number of hours required have been documented appropriately (through weekly reports);
    • at least one of the two required supervisor reviews is on file; and
    • the materials produced on this internship have been accepted for credit (preferably in a digital portfolio or video).
  • A “fail” grade will be submitted for any intern who has been fired from the internship experience.
  • An on-site visit by a department representative will be attempted for most internship experiences. When an on-site visit can’t be completed, the department representative will attempt an alternative “visit” through e-mail, mail, or by phone.
  • Internship hours for credit may not accumulate until all required paperwork has been accepted and you have registered for the course.
  • Internship experiences are gained during fall, spring, or summer sessions. The internship may have a unique start and end date. When those dates are not specified on the Internship Work Agreement form, the start and end dates of the designated session will be used as the official start and end dates for the course. When the dates of your internship experience do not correspond to the semester/session start and end dates, Desire2Learn may not be available for communication purposes. Interns are still required to submit the appropriate paperwork (weekly reports, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • At least 51 percent of on-the-job hours must be completed in the session for which the student registered (i.e., if this is a summer internship, the majority of work hours counted toward the internship must occur during summer session).

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