Internships

My uncle needs some help with promotion. Can I do my internship for him?

To this and similar questions, consider the department’s position: The Internship is primarily a learning experience. You should only work under the supervision of a professional in your field. If a relative is such, your internship may be considered, but it's the intern's responsibility to build a case as to why this should be allowed. 

Other than my job duties, what else must I accomplish to fulfill course requirements for CMM/ART 490?

You must complete a learning contract, keep a time and duty log, turn in weekly informal reports, check in regularly with the instructor supervising your internship, attend class meetings as scheduled, prepare a formal resume and portfolio, turn in mid-semester and final reports, and complete other assignments as required by the instructor. Your grade will depend on both your course work (70%) and supervisor evaluations (30%).

Does the department offer summer internships?

Yes. According to SHC's General Financial and Academic Policies, students MUST be enrolled in CMM/ART 490 the semester they are interning to receive academic credit.  Students interning during the summer must submit their reports by fax, email or moodle and all required reports MUST arrive by the final day of class.

How many hours do I work?

You’re required to spend about 160 hours on CMM/ART 490 to earn three hours credit.  You should work at least 10 hours a week during spring or fall semesters and at least 15 in the summer session. The guideline is 55 hours of internship effort per academic credit hour: 1=55, 2=110, 3=165, 4=220. Five- or six-hour internships are rare. You’d have to be working full time for most of the semester to do this.

When is the best semester to take CMM/ART 490?

It’s best to schedule CMM/ART 490 in your Junior or Senior year. First, you’ll have more training, more maturity and more job skills. You can do more than one internship (repeat 490 for up to six credit hours) and, if available, sign up for SAS internships (repeatable up to six credit hours). If you do one as a sophomore or junior, know that you’ll have to work harder because you won’t have had the same level of experience as seniors.

When should I begin looking for an internship?

If you’re interested in a journalism summer internship, applications are typically due the preceding fall semester. Some agencies have strict application periods. It’s a good idea to begin looking for an internship before your CMM/ART 490 semester begins. It’s also a good idea to interview at several sites. Pick the site that best fits your needs/interests. In addition, you may wish to consult with your faculty adviser for the names of prospective employers who have a good track record with student internships. It is your job to follow up with the necessary telephone calls and interviews in order to secure the position. If you have interviewed at several sites, be sure when you’ve made your decision to inform everyone of your decision. That way, the supervisors for the internships you haven’t chosen will know that you’re no longer in the market for their job, and can offer it to another student.

What do I need before I start?

Ask the instructor for a syllabus from the current semester so you can see how CMM490 works. Because the course is for variable credit, the department chair must clear everyone who takes CMM 490 to register for the appropriate number of hours. You also need a resume BEFORE you begin looking for an internship.  Supervisors also typically want to see at least three samples of your work: writing, design, clips and etc. – these can be hard copies, online or a PDF file. You can clean up work turned in for class credit or work that was produced/printed (ex. Springhillian clips, real client work done in classes).  You should also have three references – people who are very familiar with your work ethic and capability.  It’s good to have at least one letter of recommendation as well.

Will I be paid?

Some sites pay, others are simply for course credit. Those that pay are usually claimed first.

Can Comm Arts help?

Yes. The instructor for CMM 490 maintains a list of sites that have employed students in the past and can offer suggestions based upon your major and interest area(s). See the “Interns Wanted” section of this site or the “Recent Places SHC Students Have Interned” section for ideas.