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What you need to know about qualifying for JMC advertising internships and what is expected of you once you secure an internship can be found here. To learn more explore the links, then make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator to get answers to questions you may have. Remember, you cannot register for internships online. We will register you for the course once you secure an approved internship and submit an online application.
Every student majoring in any sequence of Journalism and Mass Communication must complete an internship (JMC 40092) as a requirement of his/her degree. Each intern must complete at least 300 hours of work at his/her internship, which can be taken in the fall, spring or summer semesters. If you do your internship in the fall or spring semesters, you should consider a reduced schedule of classes, as you will be working a minimum of 20 hours per week.
To qualify for internship credit, you MUST complete the online application form on this website. After your internship application is approved by the internship coordinator, you will be registered for the class through the JMC office.
If you do your internship in the fall or spring semester, check with your faculty adviser for the name of the faculty member who is the internship coordinator. If you are doing your internship in the summer, see Professor Fran Collins. All summer internships (courses) are listed in the Summer III session.
You will be required to submit online reports during the internship. The internship coordinator will advise you about the requirements for the reports. The internship coordinator may also request work samples and additional assignments.
At the end of your internship, your immediate supervisor will be asked to submit a confidential online evaluation form.
The internship is one credit hour and is graded as an S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Failure to report on a timely basis or failure to complete the 300 hours can result in a U grade, and the internship will have to be repeated.
If you have questions, see the internship coordinator. Internships can be valuable tools for future jobs. Take them seriously and do a good job. Good luck!
1. Why do I need an internship?
1. Why do I need an internship?
2.What are the prerequisites for the internship?
3. When should I do my internship?
4. How long does an internship have to be?
5. How do I find one?
6. OK, I've found places where I'd like to do an internship. Now what?
Once you get in contact with him/her, tell him/her exactly what you want and ask what to do. Make sure you keep accurate records of what transpired and what future action is needed. Do you need to re-contact a place at a certain time? Do you need to send something at a certain time? What is the name of the contact person?
Your goal here is to get an interview. So keep working toward that. If you call and leave a message, don't ask him/her to call you back. Tell him/her you'll call back. It's OK to leave your phone number or email address, but make it clear you'll be calling him/her back. Be persistent without being obnoxious. Call back every other day or even every day. Be polite and courteous.
7. Once I get the interview scheduled, how do I prepare for it?
Dress professionally. Remember it's always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Show up at least 10 minutes early. It might be a good idea to check out the location of the internship before you interview, so you know how long it takes to get there and where to park.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Many times an interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, so make sure you do. This shows your interest in the organization.
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It's possible that more than one person will interview you. Be prepared for this. You may be asked a question and then a follow-up question. Be prepared to elaborate on your original answer. Think about possible questions before the interview, and think about your answers to these questions. For example, if you're asked why you want to get into the advertising business, you should be able to answer immediately. Make sure you ask about working hours, pay, parking, who your supervisor would be, when you would start and when you would finish.
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10. Once I have the internship secured how do I register for it?