You will receive an email letting you know if your application has been approved.
You must register for the approved course to earn the credit. You must enroll in the internship course by the deadlines associated with the semester in which you are seeking credit.
Which course should I apply for?
The appropriate course depends on whether you're interning for professional or student media, your major and the industry you're interning in.
If you're completing a professional internship, you should apply for MSCH-X472 or MSCH-X474 via Handshake.
Apply for MSCH-X472 if you are a cinematic arts, game design or media major completing a professional internship, or if you are a journalism major completing a professional internship internship outside of the field of journalism.
Apply for MSCH-X474 if you are a journalism major completing a professional internship in the field of journalism.
In order for your internship to be eligible for credit, the experience must reflect the broad goals of your major or area of concentration. It must involve the planning, production, execution and/or analysis of media. Internships that consist solely of non-media roles, such as facilities operation, accounting or retail sales, are not eligible for internship credit.
It must also:
enhance your career development or offer the opportunity to apply knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world scenarios. It should not exist to simply advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
help you earn skills and knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings.
occur during the same semester in which you are seeking credit. We can’t approve hours retroactively, so no work hours will be counted until your internship is approved.
If your proposed internship is with an organization where you have previously worked for internship credit, you must have a different supervisor, a different job title, a different job description and duties and a new set of learning objectives. You may not repeat the same internship with the same organization.
Your internship supervisor may not be an immediate or close family member (parent or sibling).
If you plan to intern while studying abroad, contact Kristin Martindale, administrative and program coordinator, before the beginning of your internship to receive specialized instructions.
Internship structure requirements
In general, your internship must have a defined beginning and end.
You also need a written job description that outlines your projects, duties and/or responsibilities. Please ensure that your employer pays close attention to this requirement so that you can get credit.
Your internship must also:
have clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to your academic coursework or professional goals.
include supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
provide routine feedback from an experienced supervisor.
support your learning objectives/goals with resources, equipment and facilities provided by your host employer.
How many credit hours should I apply for?
You can apply for one, two or three credits. The more credits you choose, the more hours and coursework you will be required to complete in order to receive a Satisfactory (S) grade in the course.
1 credit: You will need to log at least 50 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
2 credits: You will need to log at least 100 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
3 credits: You will need to log at least 150 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
1 credit: You will need to log at least 120 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
2 credits: You will need to log at least 240 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
3 credits: You will need to log at least 360 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
While the course can be repeated with a different internship, you cannot exceed six total hours of X472 and/or X474 or six total hours of X374, X375, X376 and/or X377.
What are the course requirements?
In addition to your internship work, the following must be completed satisfactorily to earn a passing grade.
You'll receive this survey by email. This allows the instructor to touch base and see how things are going.
Your supervisor will receive this by email at the end of the semester. A bad evaluation can result in a failing grade, so good performance at your internship is key to passing the class.
If your supervisor does not respond to the evaluation request, the instructor may reach out to you for assistance, but in most cases you won’t have to do anything for this.
At the end of the semester, you must submit a paper that reflects on the following questions:
What were your work duties during this internship?
What was your overall experience working in this position and with this company?
The paper must be double-spaced with 12-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides.
The length of the paper depends on the number of credits you're earning. If you're earning one credit, your paper should be three pages long. If you're earning two credits, your paper should be four pages long. If you're earning three credits, your paper should be five pages long.