The CMM/ART internship program is coordinated by Dr. Sharee Broussard. Schedule a time to meet with her (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the semester BEFORE you’d like to intern to talk about your internship search - résumé, cover letter, etc. Review the “Interns Wanted” section of this website for an idea of where you’d like to intern. Mr. Jeremy Moore in Career Development is also available for coaching on résumés, interview skills and etc. That office also maintains a list of internships.
SHC’s Comm Arts/Fine Arts Internship includes four steps: 1) Secure your internship in a timely manner (ideally the semester before you’d like to intern) and turn in a copy of the résumé used to secure the internship to begin your file for CMM/ART 490 2) Turn in a Personal Addendum to the Syllabus [contact info, hours, intern’s & supervisor’s objectives] signed by you and the internship supervisor by the deadline date (usually three weeks into the semester) 3) Complete the required number of hours, perform your internship well and report as directed (updated time log and reflection) 4) Turn in final materials: updated résumé, final time log, final reflection, work samples (portfolio) It’s important to note that the faculty supervisor assigns 70% of the student’s grade and the professional supervisor assigns 30%.
The three-absence rule does not apply to internships and neither does the concept of excused absences for athletic or other official travel. It's up to the student to plan or adjust his or her schedule, with the supervisor, accordingly. It's the student's responsibility to complete the required number of hours for his/her internship. If you cannot be on site when you’re scheduled, call your supervisor. Never miss without alerting your supervisor in advance.
Dress as other professionals at your internship site dress. You are an ambassador of the department and the college. Your professional comportment will not only reflect well on you, it will encourage your internship supervisor to work with future Comm Arts and Fine Arts students.
First, you should learn a lot. You should be given professional assignments and not only clerical or maintenance duties. (Occasional clerical work is OK, but in general you should be given tasks commensurate with your educational background.) You should meet lots of people in the field. You should attend meetings and begin to build a network of contacts for future employment. You should receive clear instructions about tasks to be accomplished. You should get story bylines, clippings, photo credits or videography credits that you can show to prospective employers. You should be able to get letters of recommendation from your site supervisor. It’s not unusual for an internship site to hire an intern full-time upon completion of the internship. However, this is often a matter of availability of a position and you should not feel that you’ve failed if you’re not hired.
Most likely, your supervisor will be someone who is extremely busy. He or she wants you to be able to work independently! Surveys have shown that internship supervisors value your initiative and independence even more than your specific job skills, except writing. Good writing is prized! Offer to undertake new tasks once you’ve completed assigned tasks. Make yourself invaluable to your employer. Do not engage in upward delegation by demonstrating: “I’m helpless; you do this task for me, because you’re experienced at it.” If you haven’t done something before, it’s OK to ask a few questions. BUT, as someone almost out of school, you should be able to figure it out and get it done. Your thoroughness and attention to detail are also important. Be a problem-solver, not a problem-creator.
Your final week of work should coincide with the final full week of classes in the semester for which you’re registered in CMM/ART 490, but if you complete your requirements before the semester ends, you can turn in your final materials at that point in the semester.
To continue your current job as your internship, you should be able to show that you will be doing professional level tasks under the guidance of an experienced communication professional. How will you learn more and grow professionally by staying within your old job? Though this is not encouraged, sometimes it is possible by upgrading your duties within your current employment.