Application Process for Internship Program
The purpose of the Internship Program is to place the qualified student in a particular
working environment peculiar to his/her intellectual and educational pursuits. Acting
as a link between the academic world and the work world, it should serve to bridge
the gap between academic and professional work application. This working experience
should be so structured as to provide the student with practical, hands-on exposure
and knowledge in his/her chosen field. The Internship Program is designed to provide
the participant with a more intimate, realistic knowledge of his/her chosen career
field, to enrich his/her educational experience, and to thereby, provide a strengthened
sense of career direction and goal achievement.
The interested student-will pick up an Application for Internship form from the department
office, the General Coordinator, or a Faculty Director who is in charge of his/her
particular area of interest. If desired, the student may return the completed form
to the department office where it would be placed in the appropriate Faculty Director's
Forms should be completed by the end of the semester prior to the semester in which
the Internship is desired.
Students will be made aware of the Internship Program through the faculty in general,
and specifically by the Faculty Directors of the various areas. Also, information
in the bulletin and schedule of classes is readily available.
In addition to meeting the general and specific requirements listed below, an internship
is something that must be earned by the student by exhibiting qualifications in other
areas. Such factors as attitude, initiative, cooperativeness, maturity, and the ability
to assume responsibility and interact well in group situations will be considered.
Assignments will be discretionary.
III. Faculty Directors
General and Organizational Communication: Dr. Kris Markman
Non-Profit Organizations: Dr. Gray Matthews
Film and Video: Professor Roxana Gee
IV. General Requirements for Consideration
1. Must have achieved junior standing.
2. Must have completed a minimum of 15 hours in the related major.
3. Minimum "B" average in the major or permission from the Faculty Director.
V. Specific Area Requirements
1. TV/Film Production.
Student must have completed COMM 3823, Television and Film Production and Aesthetics
I, and COMM 3824, Television and Film Production and Aesthetics II.
VI. General Internship Course Requirements
1. Contact with Faculty Director.
Students will meet with their individual Faculty Directors on a minimum of three occasions
during the semester or term. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss and
share their internship experiences and evaluate their progress. A special Internship
Evaluation form will be completed by the student and submitted at each meeting.
2. End of Internship Requirements.
At the end of the semester, the student will:
Submit to his/her Faculty Director a five page, double spaced, type-written paper.
The content will be an evaluation of their internship experience - what they have
learned, what they need to learn, their strengths weaknesses and, in essence, of what
value was the internship to them.
Submit to his/her Faculty Director a diary listing in detail all activities and processes
he/she was involved in on a daily basis.
Samples of work should also be provided for either option, if appropriate.
3. Length of Internship.
Internships should cover a period equal to a fall or spring semester or, if in the
summer, the extended (full) summer term.
For every one hour of credit the student should spend four hours per week at the internship
location. Thus, for three hour of credit, the student should spend 12 hours per week
at the internship location. Unless special circumstances exist, it is recommended
that 3 hour internships be the norm. For the student to spend much less than 12 hours
per week at the station, film location or company, etc., substantially reduces both
the value of the student's learning experience and the reciprocal benefits that the
student intern provides to the organization.
Fall/Spring Semesters (3 hours): 12 hours per week x 15 weeks = 180 hours
Extended Summer Term (3 hours): 18 hours per week x 10 weeks = 180 hours
Note: Hours per week and the number of weeks may be reasonably adjusted so long as
the 180 hours are accomplished.
VII. Grade Determination
Students' grade will generally be determined based on a written evaluation by his/her
supervisor at the company/station, the results of the chosen A or B option listed
above, and the evaluation of the Faculty Director. The grade will consist of either
an 'S' (Satisfactory) or 'U' (Unsatisfactory).
University of Memphis Career and Employment Services
The University Career and Employment Services website has additional information on internships. This site includes an eRecruiting
webpage that is updated daily.