Internships

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Internships Database

Students are asked to locate their own internships, and many do so without difficulty. The College of Media & Communication maintains a database of internships that are routinely offered for those who would like its help. You can search internships by major or by the internship name.
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Internship FAQs

  1. What if I'm not required to do an internship, why should I?
  2. So how do I get credit for an internship and will it count toward my degree?
  3. What are the prerequisites? (2010 catalog prerequisites)
  4. I'll be required to work 160 hours. Will I have time to work or take classes?
  5. Okay, I'm convinced the internship is important. How do I find one and are there enough for everyone?
  6. So if I have more internship questions or questions about my resume, portfolio or other career related stuff, who can I talk to?

1. What if I'm not required to do an internship, why should I?

An internship can be one of the most interesting, career-enhancing activities you complete in college. While not required of all majors, the internship can provide practical, hands-on knowledge. Plus, if you don't know exactly which area of mass communications you'd like to pursue, an internship may show you the areas you like or dislike. Working will also give you the opportunity to build or add to a portfolio.

To complement your portfolio, you will have a resume filled with real world examples--giving you the edge in future internship and, ultimately, job interviews.

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2. So how do I get credit for an internship and will it count toward my degree?

Intern at Covenant Health System

Students are strongly encouraged to do an internship for credit. In order to register for an internship class, students must first attend a mandatory internship orientation meeting the semester prior to the internship.

For example, if you plan to intern Summer 2010, you must come to the Spring 2010 meeting. At the meeting, the internship director will explain the weekly, interview and final internship assignments and the supervisor's evaluation form. In addition to the preceding assignments, students are required to work a minimum of 160 hours over the course of an internship.

There are also certain prerequisite courses for each major that must be met prior to enrollment in the class.

You will take the class Pass/Fail and yes, if all class requirements are fulfilled, the class will count as a mass comm elective.

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3. What are the prerequisites?

For students in catalogs earlier than 2010:

Advertising

  • JOUR 2410 News Writing
  • ADV 3310 Intro to Advertising and
  • ADV 3351 Media Planning
  • Or, the three courses above plus ADV 3312 Advertising Writing and ADV 3361 Creative Strategy
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Electronic Media & Communications

  • JOUR 2410 News Writing
  • EMC 3300 Electronic Media and Society
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

and one of the following:

  • EMC 3315 Principles of Digital Media Production
  • EMC 3340 Programming and Promotion
  • EMC 3380 Advertising for Electronic Media

Broadcast Journalism

  • JOUR 2410 News Writing and
  • EM&C 3335 Digital Imaging/Editing or
  • JOUR 3314 Broadcast Journalism
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Online and Print Journalism

  • JOUR 2410 News Writing
  • JOUR 3310 News Presentation I and
  • JOUR 3312 Reporting
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Public Relations

  • JOUR 2410 News Writing
  • PR 3310 Intro to PR and
  • PR 3312 PR Writing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
For students in Catalogs 2010 or later:

Advertising

  • Junior or senior standing
  • ADV 3351 Media Planning OR
  • ADV 3361 Advertising Design and Layout
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Electronic Media & Communications

  • Junior or senior standing
  • EMC 3380 Advertising for Electronic Media for sales or promotions internships OR
  • EMC 3315 Principles of Digital Media Production for production internships
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Journalism

  • Junior or senior standing
  • JOUR 3310 News Presentation I AND
  • JOUR 3312 Reporting
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Public Relations

  • Junior or senior standing
  • JOUR 2410 News Writing
  • PR 3310 Principles of Public Relations
  • PR 3311 Public Relations Strategies AND
  • PR 3312 Public Relations Writing
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

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4. I'll be required to work 160 hours. Will I have time to work or take classes?

The 160-hour requirement is very workable. If you choose to do an internship during the Spring or Fall semester, you will have approximately 15 weeks to complete the hourly requirement. That's only 11 hours per week. If you choose to complete an internship during the summer, you can complete it in one or two summer sessions combined. Still, the 160 hours can be done. Simply work out a schedule in advance with your supervisor so you can fulfill the requirement.

Many students take a regular load of classes, work part-time and complete an internship.

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5. Okay, I'm convinced the internship is important. How do I find one and are there enough for everyone?

Intern at Covenant Health System

Internships are everywhere; you just have to look! As you venture out to find one, think about the things you enjoy, locations you would like to be, the kind of experience you have and the kind of experience you would like to attain. Ask yourself if you know people in the industry. Consult professors. They're excellent sources of information and can help you find something you'll learn from and enjoy. Keep in mind, you can do an internship in Lubbock or anywhere in the world!

Professional Organizations
Professional organizations are an excellent source for internships. Check out the Helpful Links page on this Web site to find professional organizations' Web sites geared toward your major. Once at national and international sites, look for links to specific local chapters for more specific internships.

Print Materials
Other sources of information can be located in the library. Industry books, journals and magazines can provide helpful contact information.

Internet Sources
Of course, the Internet is a great source for internships. Simply do a search for internships and the search will provide great results. Be specific to locations, companies or time frames and see what your search produces. See the Helpful Links area of this Web site for an extensive list of Web sites helpful to all mass comm majors.

Internship Postings
The Career Center posts new internships weekly on the board next to COMC 110. The College of Media & Communication has also created a list of internship possibilities. A complete listing can be found in the Career Center in COMC 110.

Other Opportunities
Keep in mind, not all internship opportunities are advertised. It may be up to you to call or e-mail specific businesses to see if they hire or would like to hire an intern. Take the initiative. Don't be shy or you may miss a wonderful opportunity!

Just so you know, there are generally more internships to fill than students looking to learn!

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6. So if I have more internship questions or questions about my resume, portfolio or other career related stuff, who can I talk to?

As the director of The Career Center, Aleesa is happy to set up individual appointments to discuss internship and job placement, resumes, career counseling and a variety of other subjects related to career development.

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7. I have some other questions, how do I contact The Career Center?

If you have other questions about an internship, set up an appointment with Aleesa Ross, director of The Career Center.

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The Career Center
Aleesa Ross, Career Center Director
Office: COMC 172
Phone: 806-834-0348