The purpose of this course is to integrate a professional media studies experience with a student’s intellectual and academic interests. The following requirements were developed to create connections between practice outside the academy and the analytical and theoretical concerns of the field.
If you don’t complete the listed requirements within the indicated time frames, you should not assume that you will receive credit for this course. All internship materials are due by the last day of classes during the semester in which the student is enrolled in PI MS 196.
1. Find an internship. Students can use the listed resources. Each student is responsible for preparing a resume, contacting potential internship opportunities, and arranging for transportation and scheduling.
2. Prepare a resume and sample cover letter for your Internship Advisor (IA).
A great resource for helping you prepare your resume and cover letter is your college's Career Services:
3. Submit a proposal to your Internship Advisor (IA). Your proposal should include the following information and be submitted during the first week of your internship. [A copy of your proposal must also be sent to the IMS office.]
4. Keep a log. For each day you work, record the total number of hours. You should work a minimum of 60 hours. Complete an entry in your log at least once a week. Some ideas for information to include in your log:
5. Read and respond to three texts related to your internship. In consultation with your IA, select three texts relevant to your internship experience. These readings can be books, substantial articles, films or videos, but at least two of them should be academically-oriented. Your responses should be approximately 2 pages long and should go beyond synopsis to reflect your assessment of the texts’ worth and relevance. A list of suggested reading materials is available here.
6. Submit a final project. Your final project should be designed in consultation with your IA. There are two basic types: a) a compilation of work completed at the internship with explanatory comments (press releases, script coverage, letters, audio-visual materials, etc.); b) a paper in which you conduct an interview with one or more of the "principal" employees at your internship site and provide a thorough history of the company and its progression to its current state.
7. Meet with your IA. Your IA will work with you on scheduling, but in general you should plan to meet with him or her at least three times: to explain the internship and select texts; to drop off the 1st reading response, discuss any problems, and confirm final project topic; and to hand in materials.
8. Complete internship paperwork: