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 Monday and Wednesday, internships are usually on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays.
Please note: Students who started the Integrated Media program in Fall 2012 and later can apply a maximum of 4 internship credits to their degree requirements.
Students: Download the 2013-14 internship packet.
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 packet.
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 internshipgoals 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 if internship is unpaid.
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.