COML 520 – Graduate Internship
The internship is designed to aid students in their real world application of theoretical knowledge gleaned in the classroom. Students who elect to pursue internships have already been graded and trained in the theory in classroom settings and with academic assignments. The internship opportunity moves outside the classroom and into a different realm of learning and evaluation. For more information about internships, please contact your faculty advisor.
Requirements for Graduate Internship
- Cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 or better
- 15 credits of graduate credit
- Recommendation by the Chair of the COML program
- Completed resume
- Successful interview with the on-site internship supervisor
- Completed COML 595 and COML 598
Exceptions may be granted if the student demonstrates significant capabilities in the internship area of interest. Each exception must be filed in a timely fashion and considered by the Chair of the COML internship program
Graduate Internship Checklist
- Contact the Chair of the COML program either PRIOR to the beginning of the semester during which the internship credit is sought or WITHIN THE FIRST 2 WEEKS of the semester during which the internship credit is sought. Negotiations for summer internships should be completed before FINALS WEEK during Spring Semester.
- Complete Internship Course Registration
- Complete COML Internship Contract including learning objectives, credits sought, mentor’s approval, and signatures of the mentor, Director of MA-COML, and the student.
Above materials are required within the first 2 weeks of the semester
The COML program in Communication Arts offers only 2 and 3 credit internship opportunities.
- A 2-credit internship requires a total of 160 hours of preparation and on the job.
- A 3-credit internship requires a total of 240 hours of preparation and on the job.
The internship opportunity is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. As stated above, the student has already been graded and trained in the classroom environment, and the internship offers a different environment which naturally requires a different method of grading. The following measures are used to evaluate the satisfactory completion of the internship:
- Response paper (50% of the assessment)
- Including what was applied from class material to the internship, what was learned beyond classroom material, and what is still lacking in knowledge or experience that would be helpful for future job opportunities. This paper should be between 5 and 8 pages in length, formatted according to these critical areas mentioned, and proofed/edited to reflect attention to detail and mechanics.
- Supervisor/ Mentor evaluation (35% of the assessment)
- This COML Internship Evaluation Form should be completed and returned to the Chair of COML PRIOR to the beginning of Finals Week of the semester for which the internship credit is sought.
- Portfolio (15% of the assessment)
- Any pieces or materials that you have produced during your internship should be showcased professionally in a portfolio and submitted for evaluation. Each piece/ document/ project should have a short synopsis accompanying it describing your part in producing the finished product.
- Bi-weekly emails to your instructor. Provide summary of what’s working and any concerns with the internship as well as attachments of documents you have developed.
For non-teaching internships All assessment documents are due the FIRST DAY of FINALS WEEK. NO exceptions to this due date!. For Teaching Internships, assessment materials are due when the internship comes to the conclusion based on the dates and agreement with the teacher and college you are interning with.