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Broadcast & Electronic Media Internships

An internship is one of the most important classes you'll take as either a Broadcast News or an Electronic Media major. It is also unlike any other class you will take. The internship should give you an opportunity to prove to yourself, an employer and Electronic Media faculty members that the education you received has prepared you to successfully handle the responsibilities of a job in electronic media. The role of the internship coordinator is to make the transition from the university to the world of work easier for you. That's why this web site was developed, but it is only a starting place. You will need to schedule an appointment with the Internship Coordinator to get answers to questions you may have. Remember, you cannot register for internships online. We will register you for the course once you have secured an approved internship and submitted an online application.

Prerequisites:

Electronic Media Production


  • JMC 23010 Basic Electronic Media Audio Production

  • JMC 23030 Basic Electronic Media Video Production

  • JMC 30004 Writing for Electronic Media

  • JMC 30034 Programming for the Electronic Media

and one of the following:

  • JMC 43032 Audio Studio Production

  • JMC 43033 Audio Field Production

  • JMC 43042 Video Studio Production

  • JMC 43043 Video Field Production


Broadcast Journalism: JMC 20004 Media Writing


  • JMC 22002 Intro to Videography

  • JMC 26001 Newswriting

  • JMC 26008 Broadcast Beat Reporting


Electronic Media Management:

  • JMC 30004 Writing for Electronic Media

  • JMC 30034 Programming for the Electronic Media

  • JMC 23030/23031 Basic Electronic Media Production

and one of the following:


  • JMC 30030 Mass Media Research

  • JMC 44040 Concept Psychographics

  • JMC 40037 Scriptwriting for Video & Film

  • JMC 34038 Media Sales and Sales Management


Requirements

The following contains some basic information about and a list of prerequisites for the Radio/Television internship. Please read it thoroughly before you continue.

An internship is required for all students in the Electronic Media sequence, including Broadcast News.

Internships consist of supervised work experience with a broadcast or electronic media firm or other type of work experience in some closely related area. A minimum of 300 clock hours is required for each credit earned.

The process of getting a job is an important part of the educational experience. Therefore, the primary responsibility for securing an internship rests with the student.

All students must have the required GPA to qualify for an internship. Student must also have taken the required course work before beginning an internship (see prerequisite list below). If you are unsure of your GPA or other course requirements, check with your academic adviser or the internship coordinator.

All students seeking internship credit must enroll in JMC 40192 prior to completing the internship experience. No credit may be given for experience gained before enrolling in JMC 40192.

Grades for internship credits will be “S” or “U” grades.

A student in the internship program will be required to complete periodic reports on the work experience.

At the end of the internship, the employer will be required to submit a confidential work evaluation verifying the work, stating the nature of the work, and evaluating the quality of the work. All reports must be completed before credit can be given.

Registration for internship is controlled and normally will be completed only after the online application is approved by the internship coordinator.

FAQ

The FAQ about the Electronic Media Internship Program should answer all of your preliminary questions about internships. If they don’t, schedule an appointment with the internship coordinator.

1. Why do I need an internship?

2. How do I get started?

3. How do I find out which companies need interns?

4. Why doesn't the Internship Coordinator contact students as internships become available?

5. Why are most electronic media internships non-paid positions?

6. What do most media companies want in an intern?

7. How will I be evaluated?

8. Do I have to intern only with local media companies?

9. How many internships should I have before graduation?

10. Will my experiences with TV-2 count as an internship?


1. Why do I need an internship?

It’s an opportunity to work in a professional setting to enhance what you’ve already learned. In some cases, because of changing technology you’ll learn things you haven’t been taught in any of your classes. Internships also may provide mentoring or future employment opportunities and personal references.

2. How do I get started?

First, make sure you’ve met the prerequisite course requirements for your major. Consult a college catalog or sequence graduation requirement sheet to find out. Next, contact the internship coordinator to review your options.

3. How do I find out which companies need interns?

Check out the resource list on this website. Use personal contacts. Check the internship bulletin board in Franklin Hall 212 for possible new postings. Talk to the internship coordinator.

4. Why doesn't the Internship Coordinator contact students as internships become available?

Because of the large number of interns and media companies in the area, this would be an impossible task. Although I’ll try my best to make information available, it is your responsibility to secure the internship position. It’s also an important thing to know about working in media. You must be a self-starter. Don’t expect people to do things for you.

5. Why are most electronic media internships non-paid positions?

It’s an unfortunate present reality about media companies. Often there are more students applying for internships than there are available positions. Internships are considered a privilege, not a right. Therefore, paid electronic media internships are rarities; although there are a few. Many in electronic media, including myself, are working to change this practice.

6. What do most media companies want in an intern?

The same thing all companies want. Employees who are honest, reliable, intelligent workers who also show initiative. Take the internship seriously. Don’t promise more than you can deliver. Look upon your internship as an audition for a potential job. Work your butt off. You’ll get out of the internship what you put into it.

7. How will I be evaluated?

Internships are graded Pass/Fail and are based on your employer’s written evaluation of your job performance. Interns must also submit three internship reports to the coordinator before a final grade is recorded.

8. Do I have to intern only with local media companies?

No. Recent electronic media interns have found positions with programs such as Entertainment Tonight and broadcast operations such as New York One and CNN. Check the resource list for available non-local options.

9. How many internships should I have before graduation?

Since successful internships are normally viewed as job experiences they are good resume builders. Many potential employees in electronic media say they’d like to see at least two internships on the resume of a recent graduate. However, depending on your college catalog, normally only one internship (one hour) will count toward graduation.

10. Will my experiences with TV-2 count as an internship?

No.