CMJ 495 Internship Guidelines
Internships are designed to provide professional experience relevant to a student’s course of study, and to integrate the student’s on-site work experience with the skills and theories learned in the classroom. CMJ 495 Internship credit is not awarded for a job experience that is unrelated to a student’s course of study. To be eligible to receive CMJ 495 Internship credit students must meet the requirements outlined below and be approved for the course by the Internship Coordinator and department Chair.
- Declared major in Communication, Journalism, or Mass Communication
- Junior standing (a minimum of 53 credit hours completed before beginning the Internship.)
- Minimum of 12 credit hours of CMJ courses.
- 2.5 GPA in CMJ courses and a 2.0 GPA in the student’s overall course work
- Permission/signature of the CMJ Internship Coordinator and Department Chair
- Be registered during a regular registration period.
NOTE: Three credit hours of CMJ 495 or CMJ 395 are required for JOURNALISM majors.
How do I locate an Internship?
Visit the Career Center, browse online resources, read posts on the FC folder and the Internship bulletin board in the hallway of Dunn Hall, ask fellow students, or talk with the Internship coordinator to help locate a possible Internship.
Once you locate a site, visit their website and obtain information about their selection process. You are responsible for arranging your own potential Internship experience with an organization. Some Internship supervisor’s require interviews. The Career Center can help you in developing interviewing skills.
Students must register for CMJ 495 credit before the Internship begins. Students should also register for CMJ 495 credit during one of the university’s registration periods during the semester that the Internship will be conducted.*
CMJ 495 credit will not be awarded retroactively for Internships that occurred prior to registration. In some cases, part of a student’s internship experience may occur over more than one semester; however, the faculty discourages this practice.
Students may register for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours of CMJ 495 per semester and for a maximum of 6 total CMJ 495 credit hours. Each CMJ 495 credit requires 50 hours of work. Thus, the typical 3-credit internship requires 150 hours of on-site experience.
- Internships are graded courses and cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
- Internships may be paid or unpaid.
Normally, all completed internship materials are submitted to and graded by the department’s Internship Coordinator at the end of the semester in which the internship occurs. Occasionally, another department faculty member who has expertise relevant to the internship may be asked to evaluate the internship materials and recommend a letter grade to the Internship Coordinator.
* You may be able to add later than add-drop week only if necessary to meet the needs of the Internship organization. This period is only extended until the end of the first third of the semester of the Internship.
Application forms are available in the CMJ department website, main office (420 Dunn Hall), and on the Internship First Class folder (within the Communication & Journalism FC folder).
Complete Part 1 of the CMJ 495 Application Form. Next, have your on-site Supervisor Complete Part 2 (sign and date). It is important that a current email address is provided in this section. Turn in the form to the Internship Coordinator, Professor Claire Sullivan, Dunn Hall 410 for approval. The Internship Coordinator will seek approval from the Chair of the Department. You will be notified if there are any problems with your application.
Once approved, the Internship Coordinator and Chair of Department will sign the form (Part 3) and you will be registered for the course in the Main office. It is your responsibility to check Maine Street to verify course registration. A copy of your completed form will be put in your student file.
Be sure that your on-site Supervisor receives an Intern Evaluation Form (attached to application). It is also your responsibility to let the Internship Coordinator know if a verification of registration letter is required by your supervisor.
During your internship:
- Maintain a precise, detailed, complete log of your internship hours.
- Keep a journal of your experiences. Record all major tasks you engaged in each day, as well as your observations, feelings, reactions, and interactions. Your journal is considered a confidential record and only the Internship Coordinator will see it.
- Email the CMJ Internship Coordinator once a month to deliver a brief update/progress report (at least 3 times during your Internship). It is your responsibility to send these updates, so mark your calendars.
- Build a professional portfolio containing written, audiovisual, and other products of your internship. If you are unsure what constitutes a professional portfolio, please ask.
- Begin work on your final 10 page paper.
The final paper should be 10 pages long, double-spaced, and should contain the following elements:
- (a) a brief description of duties performed during the internship;
- (b) a discussion section that integrates material from your course work with the internship experience; and
- (c) a concluding section that details the things you have learned about the communication and journalism disciplines during your internship. You may also comment on the positive and negative aspects of the internship, though the paper should not focus primarily on your emotional responses to the experience.
At the end of your internship:
Send a formal letter of appreciation to your On-site Supervisor or some other appropriate representative of the organization that sponsors you; and provide a copy of that letter to the CMJ Internship Coordinator
Turn in to the Internship Coordinator:
- Log of your hours (150 hours for 3 credits)
- Daily Journal
- Professional Portfolio of the materials produced
- Final Paper analyzing the experience
- Copy of the appreciation letter sent to your Supervisor
Materials are due on the last day of the semester in which the Internship was conducted.
Make certain that your On-site Supervisor completes and sends the completed CMJ 495 Intern Evaluation Form directly to the Internship Coordinator. You should not deliver the completed evaluation form to the Internship Coordinator.
Questions about CMJ 495 should be directed to Professor Claire Sullivan, the department’s Internship Coordinator, Dunn 410.