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Information for Students

An internship is a form of study combining field work with academic activities. It allows a student to augment classroom learning by working in a professional business organization.

By completing suitable academic work under the direction of the intern coordinator and a professional supervisor, students may earn three hours of academic credit by enrolling in JOUR 597. In order to be approved to enroll in this class, students must complete and submit four documents:

  1. Internship contract (document may be accessed here)
  2. Copy of student’s resume
  3. Proof of job offer from internship supervisor (a letter or printed email)
  4. A job description detailing the intern’s expected work responsibilities and demonstrating the internship will consist of professional-level tasks in the student’s field of study

Course pre-requisites for JOUR 597

A student applying for an internship for academic credit (JOUR 597) should ideally be a junior or senior SJMC major who, depending on their field of study, has completed the following courses:

Must have completed two of the following three classes: JOUR 220 (Account Planning: Mining Insights), JOUR 416 (Creative Strategy), and JOUR 421 (Media Planning)

Broadcast Journalism
Must have completed JOUR 361

Must have completed either JOUR 362 (Editing) or JOUR 361 (Reporting)

Mass Communications
Must have completed JOUR 291 (Writing for Mass Communications), the appropriate principles course, and one SJMC course in the internship's subject/professional area

Public Relations
Must have completed JOUR 436 (Public Relations Writing) and JOUR 332 (Mass Communications Research)

Visual Communications
Must have completed JOUR 346 (Graphics for Visual Communications)

Course requirements for JOUR 597

•  Work at least 140 hours during the semester at the internship organization

•  Attend required meetings during the term with other interns and the intern coordinator

Turn in the following assignments as scheduled in the course syllabus:

  1. Weekly journal entries from the intern detailing student’s work experiences
  2. A written report based on an interview with the intern supervisor
  3. A mid-point progress report to be completed by both the intern and the supervisor
  4. A final paper
  5. An employer final evaluation to be completed by the supervisor, discussed with the intern in a private meeting, and submitted electronically
  6. A student final evaluation to be completed by the student and submitted electronically