Media Studies Internship Requirements
Most Internships during the summer,
fall, and winter semesters are coordinated by Jim Fay, but each specialty area
requires consent from that discipline’s director. A typical Internship requires approximately
150 hours of work per 3 credit hours.
The exact number of hours is dependent on the nature of the Internship. Internships are usually done off campus. (Internship students may register for up to 6
credit hours–50 hours of work is required for each individual credit hour).
You must have (1) senior standing,
(2) be enrolled as a Media Studies major (or in a Certificate program), (3) have
a 3.0 GPA, (4) and /or permission of the
Internship Discipline Advisor to register for an Internship. Only the Discipline Advisor can waive the
Additionally, in order to take any internship, students must have successfully
completed at least 12 hours in the Media Studies Department at UMSL. Finally, students with existing delayed
grades are not eligible to intern without the specific consent of the
Steps in the process:
1. Look over the potential
sites which interest you. Consider several sites. A list
of sites is available in 243 AAB.
2. You will need to interview
with a potential site supervisor.
A. Call the site and set up an interview
B. Dress professionally
C. Provide the site supervisor with a
D. Provide the site supervisor with examples of your work if
3. If you are accepted at the site you will need
to sign and have the site supervisor and the Discipline Advisor sign an Internship Contract. The signed contract should be returned to Fay
before the beginning of the semester or very soon after the semester starts,
depending upon your specific agreed upon circumstances. In no case, should you begin the internship
without the signed contract and without first registering for the class. If you are not getting paid for your
internship (almost all are not paid) you should not begin the internship before you are registered for the
class, as it is a violation of labor laws for you to do so.
4. Submit the signed contract
to the Coordinator (Fay). After the
contract is submitted you will receive a special consent number needed to
register for the course. You will not be
registered until you have used the consent number to enroll and paid all
5. A mid-term report
is required. The report should discuss
your activities during the first part of the semester. You should write about your progress and
evaluation of your experiences. With the
report you need to turn in a Time Sheet which lists all
the hours you have worked. The report
should include a detailed proposal for your final project. The papers should be
1-2 pages. The typewritten reports are
due midway through your internship. This
report can be submitted by email electronically, but keep a copy for your
records, as it should be a part of the final packet that you submit at the end
of your internship.
6. Final Project, Paper and Major-Field
Assessment test: The final project should represent work done during
the internship. It should reflect the best work you have
done. Submit examples of your work, e.g...
Video or audio tapes,
articles, promotional work. Discuss your project with the site
supervisor. The project will be
evaluated on the basis of
content, creativity, appearance, potential impact, and professional image. Include with the final project a short paper (2-3
pages) which discusses your internship as a learning experience. You should critique and evaluate the overall value
of the internship at the site you have selected. This part of the paper should be at least two
pages. See your department Discipline Advisor
for specific details of your requirements.
7. You will also need to
submit or have sent to the Discipline Advisor an evaluation letter
on company letterhead with a
recommended grade. This letter should
be written by your site supervisor.
There are no forms for the site supervisor to fill out. This letter is all that is required of
8. You will need to turn in a
final Time-Sheet. This
sheet should list all hours, duties within each time frame, and an hourly
9. Turn in all assignments to
your Discipline Advisor. No faxes or
Final projects, papers, time
sheets, and letter of evaluation are due before the end of final exams in the
semester in which you have registered.
Mid-term report 20% as reviewed by Discipline Advisor.
Final Project and Paper 40% as reviewed by Discipline Advisor.
Site supervisor letter 40%
(this is a recommendation, only a UMSL faculty member can assign an official