Internships

What's the term schedule like?

FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS

When

What

STEP ONE

Pre-term

Meet with instructor for résumé/portfolio review and discuss/continue to communicate options for internship to obtain verbal pre-approval

 

Apply for internships; follow up; interview (send thank you afterward); secure internship; arrange start date and establish work schedule

STEP TWO

Weeks 1 & 2

The Personal Addendum to the Syllabus (Learning Agreement) is due at the end of your first week of internship and absolutely no later than the third Friday of the term.

 

Begin internship; customize LIVE REPORTING FILE and begin entering time/duties – this should be done each day you work throughout the term

 

Download, type responses, SIGN/INITIAL, and upload the Personal Addendum to the Syllabus (Learning Agreement) – this should be done by the end of the first week of the term.

STEP THREE

Approximately weeks 3, 7 & 12

Reporting checkpoints & reflections (Instructor can check your LIVE REPORTING FILE at any time, but will review and comment during these weeks).

Weeks 3-15

Keep your LIVE REPORTING FILE updated because your supervisor can check it at any time and regular checks occur through the term.

 

Perform well and document your learning each time you go to your internship via your LIVE REPORTING FILE

 

Schedule a time after midterm to present your portfolio to your supervisor and seek his/her feedback and commentary on it at this point in your academic career.

STEP FOUR DUE DAY/TIME OF FINAL EXAM

  1. Your supervisor’s evaluation submitted online
  2. Your finalized LIVE REPORTING FILE including FINAL REFLECTION
  3. Your FINAL uploads to Schoology
    1. Link to updated résumé/portfolio that should have samples from this internship included
    2. LinkedIn URL

 

If you don’t have an online portfolio yet, set one up during the internship and have at least three samples of your best work.

SUMMER SUBSESSION 2

Steps 1 through 4 are also required in summer. The summer internship session begins after graduation in May and lasts through July. Summer interns may begin their internship anytime before mid-June. Summer interns should plan to complete their internship hours and course requirements within six weeks of the internship start date.

Contact Dr. Broussard for more information about CMM/ART 490 Internship

Office: Murphy Fine Arts Center room 203

Phone: 251-380-3842 | Email: sbroussard@shc.edu

What kind of paperwork do I or my supervisor have to do?

You and your faculty supervisor will share a Google Drive folder. It will house all of your internship documents and reporting tools. 

  • a Personal Addendum to the Syllabus, with your supervisor
    [download a template; complete it; sign it; upload it]
  • time/duty reporting and periodic reflections via a "live" Google Sheet
  • a final reflection via a "live" Google Sheet
  • your updated resume and portfolio uploaded at the conclusion of the term

Here's an example of a Google Drive Folder for Spring 2016. 

How do internships differ from other coursework like Senior Seminar?

  • In an internship, you're the learner. You're directed | supervised | mentored by a professional in your field of interest.
  • In some client-based coursework, you're directed by the instructor for that course.
  • In Senior Seminar, you're functioning fairly independently - you're directing your efforts, not the "client" nor your faculty member. 

How do internships work?

The CMM/ART internship program is coordinated by Dr. Sharee Broussard. Schedule a time to meet with her (sbroussard@shc.edu) 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%.

What about absences?

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.

How should I dress?

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.

What should I expect of a good internship?

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.

What are the main qualities supervisors want?

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.

When does my internship work end?

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.