Integrated Strategic Communication
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QUICK GUIDE TO MURROW INTERNSHIP PROCESS
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UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
What is an Academic Internship in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication?
An academic internship is a credit bearing career related work experience of limited duration in which an individual takes on responsible roles outside of the traditional university environment: in a non-profit organization, a government office, or a for-profit business. Internships must include training and supervision. Depending on the employer, some internship positions are paid. This valuable form of professional training provides students with the opportunity to test their career interests in an off-campus setting. Juniors or seniors may earn academic credit for internships during the fall, spring or summer terms.
FINDING AN INTERNSHIP
It is the student’s responsibility to find an internship. A career advisor can guide you through your internship search and assist you with:
- Advice, research assistance, contacts, and internship leads
- Resume, cover letter, and interview preparation
- Students apply to organizations directly which typically requires a resume and cover letter.
- While internships are usually done in an area related to your major, this is not required. Often internship experiences may help you develop skills that bridge the gap between your major and a possible career choice. If you wish to do an internship that is not connected to your major, you will need to identify a faculty sponsor in the discipline most closely connected to the internship you wish to pursue.
Check out the following resources to search for internships:
- https://www.facebook.com/murrowjobs - jobs and internships listed for Murrow students
- http://ascc.wsu.edu/ - The Academic Success and Career Center has great resources for internship searches, make sure to check out the job and internship search packet for more helpful information
- CougLink – Login to CougLink for more internship opportunities
Additional internship sites:
- www.internqueen.com (has virtual internship options)
- www.entertainmentcareers.net (Los Angeles)
As you search for internships, keep in mind these criteria that organizations must meet:
- The organization must be in a business-zoned area.
- You must have a schedule that allows you to work a minimum of 53.3 hours on site for each credit you wish to receive (1 credit = 53.3 hours). Only hours completed during the semester in which you are enrolled for internship credit count.
- No more than 25% of your job duties may be clerical in nature.
You may be paid and still receive credit for your internship if all of the above criteria are met.
APPLYING FOR CREDIT
Step 1: Identify a Site Supervisor
Your site supervisor should be well versed in your area of concentration, have professional standing, and hold, minimally, a bachelor’s degree. 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.
- 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: Identify a Faculty Sponsor
Your faculty sponsor must be a full-time WSU faculty member who works with you throughout the internship to ensure its academic validity and evaluate the success of the internship from an academic perspective. The sponsor’s academic specialty should be as close as possible to the area in which you are doing your internship.
- Compiles a list of required readings to complement the internship.
- Reviews your assigned tasks and signs your internship application.
- Meets 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.
Step 3: Develop an Academic Component
The academic component is assigned by your faculty sponsor. Although it should complement your job duties, it must be separate from, and in addition to, your work responsibilities. The academic component of your internship can take several forms, ranging from a number of short papers to a major research report to an artistic portfolio or videotape. There is certainly room for creativity on your part. A weekly or bi-weekly journal or blog should be part of the academic component. Typically, a faculty sponsor will also assign an 8 –10 page final paper for a one-two credit internship. The amount of work required will depend on the number of credits undertaken. For example, a two-three credit internship will require the academic component to be doubled.
Step 5: Obtain the necessary signatures on the Application Form.
Step 6: Read and sign the Policies and Procedures Agreement Form.
Step 7: Include: a copy of your most recent transcript and the completed “Internship Sponsor Agreement Form”
Step 8: Deliver paperwork to Murrow Student Services by the designated deadline.
Step 9: Register for Credit
After your internship has been approved by Murrow Student Services or another designated staff member in Murrow Student Services will register you for credit.
Summer internships: Note that you pay per/credit for summer internships.
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 meet regularly with your faculty sponsor.
- You must fulfill the requirements set for you by the faculty sponsor
Academic internships are graded on a credit/no credit basis. Your faculty sponsor will review your site supervisor’s evaluation of you and your academic component and submit a credit/no credit grade. Letter grades are occasionally approved for internships that are highly academic in nature. If you wish to receive a letter grade, you first need to obtain support from your faculty sponsor. You then petition the Dean of the College for approval of a letter grade. You must do so no later than two weeks following the beginning date of your internship. Your petition letter must include:
- A discussion of what is exceptionally academic about your internship
- A copy of your internship application and proposal
- A letter of support from your faculty sponsor indicating why he or she supports your request as well as information on how your internship comprises an exceptional academic experience
- A copy of your bibliography showing required reading for the internship
The internship application and proposal must be submitted no later than one week prior to the add/drop deadline for the semester. The internship coordinator will need to review the materials for approval; this will allow time for any corrections to the application or proposal.
SUMMER ACADEMIC INTERNSHIPS
The application procedures for summer internships are the same as those for the academic year; however, make sure to note that you pay per/credit for summer course credit. All summer internship proposals must be submitted at least one week prior to the start of the internship; only hours that take place after the internship approval count.
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 Program Coordinator 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.
Kris Baier, Academic Coordinator
Office: Gray Wolf Hall 231, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett (located at Everett Community College)
PROFESSOR IN CHARGE:
Brett Atwood, Clinical Associate Professor
Office: Gray Wolf Hall 234, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett (located at Everett Community College)
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