Info to know if you want to do an internship for credit. These things are essential if you want course credit for your internship experience.
- Physical location and your supervisor:
The place you intern must have a local office where you go and work in person with your supervisor. Your supervisor must be a professional in the field in which you are interning. One of the main purposes of an internship is for you to get hands-on learning experience by working in an office setting with professionals in your field of study. You cannot do this if you are in one city and your supervisor is in another!
If you want to receive course credit, you must have successfully completed the required prerequisites beforehand. There are no exceptions to this rule! You can intern at any time during your collegiate career, but you will not receive credit if you don’t have the prerequisites.
- Current job:
If you have a job, you will not receive course credit for going to it. To receive course credit, your internship must be a new experience or a continuing unpaid internship. You can be paid for your internship — and I hope you are! — but you must begin your paid internship at the beginning of the semester in which you are receiving credit.
- Credit for something you did in the past:
You will not receive internship course credit for an internship you did last semester or over the summer. Receiving course credit is arranged BEFORE you begin an internship, not after the fact.
- Times you can earn course credit:
Class credit can only be earned while school is in session. Makes sense, right? Therefore, no credit will be given for internships during spring break, during the December/January break, or in May.
- Summer internships:
If you are earning credit in the summer, your internship class will span both summer sessions. That gives you eight or nine weeks to reach the required hours (160) rather than four. It is too hard to cram in a meaningful internship experience in one month’s time. You will be stressed and leave yourself no room for mistakes, thus affecting your grade!
If you are a print, broadcast or online journalism major you are required to complete an internship for credit before graduating. All other mass comm majors can receive elective credit for completing a for-credit internship.
- Internship orientation meetings:
If you want credit, you MUST attend one of Marijane Wernsmans’ internship orientation meetings the semester before you plan to intern. She will inform you of all of the policies and procedures and will give you the paperwork you need in order to be enrolled in the class. There are eight to 10 of these meetings each semester.
- Finding an internship:
It is your responsibility to find an internship. The Career Center does not “place” you in one. You should start looking early for an internship. Deadlines for many summer internships are during the fall semester, so plan ahead and start looking now!
- Internship approval:
In order to receive internship credit you internship must meet the College of Media & Communication criteria and must be approved by Marijane Wernsman, internship and Career Center director. The field in which you intern must directly relate to your major in order to receive credit. For example, if you are a public relations major, you will not receive course credit for interning in a television station newsroom.
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