COM 491 (4950), the internship class for communication majors, now fulfills the capstone requirement for the B.A. in communication.
Other reasons to complete an internship include:
- Employers prefer students who have done at least one internship.
- Interns fare better in a weak job market.
- Interns get the opportunity to network and build relationships with people in their desired profession.
- Interns can take their career for a test drive before they graduate.
Watch video testimonials from OU students who value their internship experience.
If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone personally about the internship course, please attend the mandatory Pre-Internship meeting and/or contact Dr. Robert Sidelinger, internship director.
Prerequisites / Pre-Internship Meetings
Students must possess junior or senior standing and receive permission of the instructor to enroll in this class. This class normally requires completion of at least one writing course beyond RHT 160. [Students who have earned 56-90 credit hours are juniors. Students who have earned 91 or more credit hours are seniors.]
Students who are registered for COM 4950 (the internship class) are required to attend one pre-internship meeting to learn how to go about setting up an approved internship. Students are required to secure an internship (and submit the proper paperwork) on or before the first day of classes for the semester they are registered. Those who have not will be dropped from the course.
If you intend to register for the class, the next pre-internship meeting dates are:
- Friday 1/26/18 2:00-4:00 PM in HHB 4050 and Tuesday 2/6/18 5:30-7:30 PM in SFH 171.
- Please be advised that these meetings are open to anyone. You need not be registered for the class to attend (but you must attend if you are registered for the class and you haven't attended a previous pre-internship meeting).
COM 4950 is a four-credit course, requiring at least 12 weeks and 150 hours of pre-approved internship work over the course of a 15-week semester. Most organizations feel students cannot gain enough useful experiences or complete their job responsibilities adequately without this minimum time frame; in fact, many organizations require a longer commitment (from six months to one year), especially if it is a paid situation. The value of the internship experience increases proportionately to the time students commit; however, only four credit hours may be earned for each internship experience, no matter how long the job lasts.
While some employers may want students to work full time (40 hours/week), the department does not recommend this type of commitment unless it is a paid situation. It is important for students to have an explicit understanding with their employer of the time commitment they will be expected to fulfill before they accept a position.
Usually students start an internship at the beginning of a semester. However, they may start an internship at any time during the school year - pending approval from the internship director. If the work experience extends beyond the end of the term when they are registered for COM 4950, a progress (P) grade will be assigned - again this must be approved beforehand. This is a hold grade, which will be replaced with a number grade as soon as the student's final report/clips and evaluation are received.
How to set up an internship:
- Register for COM 4950, the internship class, during the semester you would like to do an internship. Attend the next available mandatory pre-internship meeting.
- Make an appointment with Career Services to have a career consultant review your resume and cover letter. Make the revisions your consultant recommends. Students need to make their appointments with Career Servicesafterthey attend the required pre-internship meeting. Make an appointment soon after attending a pre-internship meeting. Take your internship application form (the link is below), along with physical copies of your resume and cover letter, with you to Career Services and have your consultant sign it.
- Fill out the Internship Application Form. Submit the form along with a copy of your resume and cover letter to Internship Director Dr. Robert Sidelinger (or instructor of record). You may submit your materials to Dr. Sidelinger (or instructor of record) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or email of the instructor of record), by fax at (248) 370-4208, or in person at the main office of the Department of Communication and Journalism in 316 Wilson Hall. The first three steps must be completed before you begin your internship search.
- Once all your materials (resume, cover letter, Internship Application Form) have been turned in to the internship director, you may begin emailing or faxing your resume and cover letter to the list of internship employers. Refer to the list of approved internships on the website. It is recommended that you follow the time frames listed below, but you should check with each employer to verify their due dates, as due dates vary:
- Fall Term: June / Early July
- Winter Term: October / early November
- Summer Terms: February / March
- The employer will contact you directly to set up an interview. Research the company before you go to the interview: know the business, know the clients, etc. The interview should be handled in the same manner one would handle a job interview: wear business attire, arrive 15 minutes early, bring a notepad and pen to take notes, and bring extra copies of your resume and cover letter. After the interview, send a thank you letter via email and in print.
- Once an internship position has been offered and accepted, fill out the Internship Approval Form with your supervisor. Submit this form to the internship director as soon as possible, but no later than the first day of classes, to secure your place in the class. Anyone who has not submitted all their materials by the first day of class will be dropped from the course. If you start your internship before the first day of classes, you must submit all your forms to the internship director BEFORE starting the internship. You cannot start logging your hours until all your forms have been received by the internship director.
- Attend class sessions as noted in SAIL. Follow the syllabus.
- Once your internship is over, send a thank you letter to your supervisor to thank him/her for his/her time and effort.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all affairs are in order to secure credit for an internship. All internships must be pre-approved by the internship director before the student starts the internship (no retro-active approvals) and the student may not gain credit for an internship that the student has already started or completed without approval and/or oversight. The internship experience must be an entirely new experience for the student in a new setting. The student may not repackage his/her current situation, job, or volunteer experience into an internship experience or do an internship for his/her current employer. Since every job involves communication (even sanitation), the student is required to secure an internship that focuses on a college-level communication studies-specific knowledge base, such as public relations, advertising, political campaigning, radio broadcasting, television broadcasting, or the like, that will enable the student to secure a college-level, professional, communication studies-knowledge-based job in the future.
The internship director’s approval of an internship does not mean the student will receive credit for the internship. Reasons why credit may not be granted include, but are not limited to: failure to comply with the employer’s policies or OU’s policies (it is entirely the student’s responsibility to seek out all relevant information as it relates to policies of both OU and the employer), inappropriate behavior at the workplace, being fired from the job, and/or any dishonesty or unethical behavior related to the internship. Because the on-site internship supervisor assists in determining the student’s grade, the internship supervisor may not be a family member, close friend, or a person with whom the student has had or currently has a romantic relationship. Students may also be denied an internship if a family member or friend also works at the same site. Romantic relationships with employees at the internship workplace during the internship are discouraged.
If a student is deemed to have engaged in academic misconduct, the incident will be reported to the dean of students, the student will fail the class, and/or the student will receive disciplinary reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion. See the syllabus for other important information. Cases of internship fraud or any instances of dishonesty related to the internship will be pursued to the fullest extent possible as allowed under the Academic Conduct Policy and any other relevant policies.
Он никогда не получит Сьюзан Флетчер. Никогда. Внезапная пустота, разверзшаяся вокруг него, была невыносима. Сьюзан равнодушно смотрела на ТРАНСТЕКСТ.