Requirements for MS 196 PZ: Media Internship
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 to their dropbox on Sakai.
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). Proposals are submitted via the following web form. Your proposal should be submitted during the first week of your internship.
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:
What did you accomplish this week?
What specific tasks did you perform?
Describe your work environment. What do you like best? What would you like to change?
Describe your supervisor’s managerial & communication style.
What have you learned about the company you are working for? What else would you like to know?
Evaluate your own job performance.
Has your internship changed your impressions of your field or the industry as a whole?
What new professional skills have you developed?
What have you learned about yourself in terms of your interpersonal skills and how you function in the workplace?
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 discuss any problems, and confirm final project topics.
8. Complete internship paperwork:
Internship summary filled out by student.
Internship Summary Form
Employer verification form filled out by site supervisor.
Employer Verification Form