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Internships

Internship FAQs

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

 

1. 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, an internship can provide practical, hands-on knowledge. Plus, if you're not sure exactly which area of media and communication 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 your portfolio.

An internship will fill your resume with real-world examples of work and give you the edge in future job interviews and, ultimately, in your professional career.

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

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 in the semester prior to the internship.

At the meeting, the internship coordinator will explain the weekly, interview and final internship assignments and the supervisor's evaluation form. In addition to these 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, if all class requirements are fulfilled, the class will count as a Media & Communication elective.

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3. What are the prerequisites?

All advertising, creative media industries, journalism, media strategies and public relations interns must be junior- or senior-level students with a 2.5 GPA or better. Students must complete the following prerequisite courses with a “C” or better, prior to enrollment in the internship class.

For students in the 2014 or later catalog:

Advertising
  • ADV 3351 Media Planning
Electronic Media & Communications

For sales/promotions internships:

    • EMC 3380 Advertising for Electronic Media

For production internships:

  • EMC 3315 Principles of Digital Media Production OR
  • JEM 2301 Intro to Media Production & Composition
  • JEM 2302 Foundations of Digital Post-Production & Workflow
Journalism
  • JEM 2301 Introduction to Media Production & Composition
  • JEM 2302 Foundations of Digital Post-Production & Workflow
  • JOUR 3312 Reporting
Media Strategies
  • Junior or Senior Standing
  • MCOM 1300 Intro to Mass Communications
  • MCOM 2310 Professional Communication
  • MCOM 2320 Writing for M&C
Public Relations
  • MCOM 2320 Writing for Media and Communication
  • PR 3311 Public Relations Strategies
  • PR 3312 Public Relations Writing

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4. I'll be required to work 160 hours to earn internship course credit. Will I still 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 across two summer sessions. 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. How do I find an internship and are there enough for everyone?

Internships are everywhere; you just have to look! As you venture out to find one, think about the things you enjoy, locations you like, 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 your 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. Visit the websites of national and international professional organizations and 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
Try searching with specific locations, companies, positions or time frames and see what your search produces.

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. If I have more internship questions or questions about my resume, portfolio or other career-related concerns, who can I talk to?

Our advising team 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 our career counselor.

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