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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Communication Internship Credit Application Summer/Fall 2019

COM 495 (Pullman)
COMSTRAT 495 (Everett, VANCOUVER, Global)

Questions? Contact Student Services at (509) 335-7333 or communication@wsu.edu.

** NOTE: All fields must be complete for the internship to be considered for credit. **

APPLYING FOR CREDIT
Step 1: Identify a Site Supervisor
Your site supervisor should be well versed in your area of concentration and have professional standing. It is usually in your best interest to have only one site supervisor. If this is not possible, try to negotiate for one primary supervisor to coordinate your work.

Supervisor’s Responsibilities:

  • Develops a concrete description of your assigned duties.
  • Assigns you challenging, progressively responsible tasks, teaches you about the field, discusses avenues of preparation and career paths, assists you in building a professional network, and in general, serves as a mentor.
  • Meets with you on a daily or, at a minimum, a weekly basis to critique and correct your work.
  • Completes a mid-semester and final evaluation from Career Services, assessing your performance. (Only one evaluation in the summer)

Step 2: Internship Proposal and pre-requisites

Follow the instructions and upload an internship proposal.

Step 3: Connect with Murrow Student Services Staff

The Murrow Student Services staff will work with you throughout the internship to ensure its academic validity and evaluate the success of the internship from an academic perspective.

Staff Responsibilities:

  • Sets up assignments on Blackboard.
  • Reviews your assigned tasks and signs your internship application.
  • Is in contact with you regularly, at least once for every 20 hours worked, to discuss your progress.
  • Assigns and evaluates your academic component and submits a credit/no credit grade.

Note: Integrated Strategic Communication majors are required to earn 3 credits of COMSTRAT 495 Strategic Communication Professional Internship. Everett and Global campus students should apply here. Vancouver students should consult with their campus advisor.

Step 4: Complete the Internship Application

Step 5: Obtain the necessary approvals

Step 6: Agree to the Policies and Procedures

Step 7: Submit paperwork to Murrow Student Services by the designated deadline.

Step 8: Register for Credit

After your internship has been approved by Murrow Student Services, the internship instructor will register you for credit. You must enroll in a minimum of two credits.

Your Obligations to Receive Internship Credit:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your internship application has been approved before beginning your internship.
  • You must meet your on-site time commitment (minimally 53.3 hours per credit).
  • You will need to submit the Internship Hours Tracking Sheet at the end of the semester.
  • You must complete your site responsibilities satisfactorily.
  • Your site supervisor will formally evaluate you at the mid-point and end of the internship.
  • While working under the auspices of the agency, you are expected to adhere to its personnel policies, such as dress code and work schedule.
  • You must be in contact regularly with Murrow Student Services.
  • You must fulfill the requirements set for you
  • You must complete all required course work for the COM/COMSTRAT 495 online course as per the course information on Blackboard once the class begins.

GRADING
Academic internships are graded on a credit/no credit basis. The Murrow Student Services Staff will review your site supervisor’s evaluation of you and your academic component and submit a credit/no credit grade.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The internship application and proposal must be submitted no later than the dates listed below. The internship instructor will need to review the materials for approval; this will allow time for any corrections to the application or proposal.

Summer 2019 priority deadline: May 10, 2019
Summer FINAL DEADLINE: June 21, 2019

Fall 2019 priority deadline: August 29th by 5 PM
Fall FINAL DEADLINE: September 13th, 2019 by 5 PM

 

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

International Students: must meet with the International Programs Advisor when planning to do any internship in the United States to ensure that the necessary immigration paperwork is completed.

Continuation: If you wish to continue an internship for an additional semester, you may do so on the condition that the first semester’s requirements have been successfully completed and will not be duplicated. Grades of “I” or “NC” are not acceptable criteria for extending an internship for a second semester. You must demonstrate, in a second proposal, that continuation will benefit your academic program, and that the work to be undertaken represents an extension of the completed requirement including new or progressively more responsible duties.

Problems: If you have a problem with an internship, you should inform the internship instructor immediately. We will not take direct action without your permission, and anything you tell us will be held in strict confidence. We will, however, work with you to explore possible courses of action, and if you wish, approach the supervisor or faculty sponsor to negotiate a solution. If the sponsoring organization finds your performance severely inadequate or charges you with misconduct, we will review both sides of the situation and attempt to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution. If the agency dismisses you with cause, a grade of NC will be entered on your transcript.

Course Pre-Requisites (Pre-Requisites for earning credit for internship)

  • It is REQUIRED that you will have completed and passed COM 300 in order to receive credit for COM 495 internship credit.
  • It is RECOMMENDED that you have the following courses complete or in progress during the internship:
    • Public Relations related internship – COMSTRAT 312 & 383, COMJOUR 333
    • Advertising related internship – COMSTRAT 380, 381, 382
    • Journalism & Media Production – Broadcast/Production – COMJOUR 333, 350; 355 or 335 or 425
    • Journalism & Media Production – Multimedia Journalism – COMJOUR 333, 350; 355 or 425

Questions? Contact Student Services at (509) 335-7333 or communication@wsu.edu.

 

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