Integrated Media students can participate in internships for academic credit in their second year. Internships are competitive, and students are usually required to submit a résumé and show a portfolio to an employer before being offered an internship. A typical intern earns 4 academic credits for 120 hours of work during a period of 10 weeks. Since second year students attend class on Tuesday and Thursday, they are usually available to work on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday.
Students: Download the 2014-15 internship instructions.
Students who wish to intern are encouraged to read both of these articles:
AIGA's A Guide to Internships
Jessica Hische's Advice On Internships
- On the Training Agreement, write four learning objectives/goals that you wish to accomplish during the internship.
- Create an internship blog (instructions are in the packet) and write a weekly post, following the prompts in the instructions.
Read this video student's blog.
Read this design student's blog.
Read this photography student's blog.
- Keep a daily log of the hours worked. Post that information to the blog each week.
- Upload samples of work to the internship blog to demonstrate what you have accomplished in meeting your learning objectives.
- Process all paperwork in a timely fashion.
- Agree to serve as a mentor to student.
- Ensure that there is a clear educational benefit to student.
- Answer questions and guide the student when needed.
- Provide an on-site space and equipment for student.
- Make work assignments relevant to student’s internship goals and learning objectives.
- Sign and return all required paperwork in a timely fashion.
- Pre-screen students for work-readiness.
- Answer questions from all parties.
- Administer all internship paperwork.
- Maintain weekly contact with the student through Email and comments on internship blog.
- Conduct a final evaluation with the internship supervisor.
- Assign a final grade for the student.
- Process workman's comp paperwork for unpaid internships.
FEDERAL GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIPS:
An unpaid internship must meet the followng tests, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
- It must be an educational experience, the equivalent of vocational school
- It must primarily benefit the intern.
- The intern cannot do work that would otherwise be done by a paid employee and must work under the close supervision of a manager
- The employer cannot profit from the intern's work
- The employer must not promise up-front a paid job at the end of the internship.
- A job may be offered once the internship ends
- The intern and employer must agree if no wages are to be paid.
ASSURANCE of employer nondiscrimination:
The employer must conform to all state and federal regulations and policies. Students in the program will be accepted and assigned work without regard to their age, race, color, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability national origin, marital status, political status, religion or gender. The employer does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, placement, assignment of work tasks, hours of employment, levels of responsibility, and pay.