For Credit Internships
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 physical location where you go and work under the guidance of 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 we 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.
Your internship placement should last a minimum of 6 weeks and allow you to work a minimum of 160 hours. Students will submit weekly reports, 2 assignments and a final report, as well as getting an evaluation completed by their internship supervisor.
If you are a journalism major you are required to complete an internship for credit before graduating. All other Media & Communication majors can receive elective credit for completing a for-credit internship.
- Internship orientation meetings:
If you want credit, you MUST attend one of the internship orientation meetings the semester before you plan to intern. There are numerous meetings each semester. The meetings serve as a “syllabus day” for the course where all of the policies will be outlined and you will receive the necessary paperwork.
- Finding an internship:
It is your responsibility to find an internship. The College of Media & Communication does not “place” you in one as it is a mutual selection process. 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! If you are not sure where to start with your internship search, please reach out to our college's Manager of Student Success Initiatives, Emily Balke.
- Internship approval:
In order to receive internship credit, your internship must meet the College of Media & Communication criteria and must be approved by Emily Balke, Manager of Student Success Initiatives. 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.
Questions? Need more information? Please contact:
College of Media & Communication
AddressTexas Tech University, Box 43082, Lubbock, TX 79409