Internship in Communication Studies Comm 45092 !

Comm 45092
Internship in Communication Studies
Prepared by Communication Intern Brian Sayre, 2014
Professor Lisa Waite
Campus Phone: (330)499-9600
Office: Main Hall 410
Office Phone: (330)244-3410
Office Hours: by appointment
Internship Prerequisites
❑ A Communication Major with 60 credit hours complete. Special Approval is also
required. Contact Professor Lisa Waite (
❑ Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better and 2.25 in the major; COMM 20000
(Foundations) with a grade of C (2.0) or better and successful completion of the
grammar requirement.
❑ You should also have completed more than half of the 45 hours required in the
Communication Studies major.
Internship Description
❑ An internship is a formal, cooperative field experience with a designated
organization or agency. There is no class to attend or text book to buy.
❑ You are responsible for finding your own organizational partnerships. (However,
many are often posted by Professor Waite, Dr. Hollenbaugh and Chris Paveloi so
look for these!)
❑ Evaluation for the internship is given as satisfactory or unsatisfactory (S/U). In other
words, you won’t receive a letter grade, and you mostly work outside the
Internship Purpose
❑ This course is intended to provide you with the opportunity to apply communication
theories and principles to the workplace.
❑ It is also designed so you will gain professional experience by taking on career-related
responsibilities (not a parking valet, fast food attendant, lifeguard, etc.)
❑ Allows you the chance to ‘test drive’ a career path.
Internship Benefits
❑ It will provide you with the marketable skills necessary to
compete in the ever-changing workplace.
❑ It will give you an awareness of career possibilities in
communication and/or related fields.
And so the work begins…
❑ You will ‘work’ with an organization: a minimum of 130 hours = 3 credit hours or if
you qualify, 260 hours = 6 credit hours.
❑ Keep in mind certain requirements for the internship cannot be counted towards
the hours worked with the organization. These requirements include the portfolio
Portfolio Guidelines
❑ You will turn in a portfolio at the end of the semester. It is a formal collection of
material from your coursework related to the Internship field experiences.
❑ There are many examples of Internship portfolios readily available to students.
Simply ask Professor Waite to see one.
The portfolio will include a(n):
❑ Theme (about you or the organization)
❑ APA style Title Page & Table of Contents
❑ Introduction of 1-2 pages
❑ Reflective journal (Electronic)
❑ Time Log (Calendar of hours)
❑ Experiential Research Paper (8-10 pages)
❑ Collection of representative tasks you performed for the organization (optional)
“Take pride in selecting a theme. Develop
the cover and illustrate the theme throughout.
Your portfolio can serve to boost any job
interview by demonstrating the variety of skills
you bring to an organization.”
—Professor Waite
APA Style (Don’t Forget)
❑ All portfolios must be completed in APA style.
❑ The Purdue Owl website is always a great reference if
you are struggling with APA format.
❑ More information on formatting the internship portfolio
can be found near the end of this PowerPoint.
❑ Offer a 1-2 page introduction.
❑ Describe where you spent your field experience. How did you come to find the
organization you partnered with? What type of business is it (health care, education,
non-profit, etc.)? Who was your site supervisor?
❑ Also, offer a short summary of your primary tasks, such as social media, human
resources, public relations, copy writing, etc. This frames the experience for the reader.
Reflective Journal
❑ You will maintain a reflective journal and time log of your field experience. You
should make two journal entries a week that are insightful and discuss how theory
is demonstrated in your daily activities.
❑ Entries should reflect observations of organizational events with relevant comments. In a
few sentences, make a connection back to the classroom for each entry. Please put these
connections in bold font for easy identification.
Reflective Journal (continued)
❑ The journal must be typed and also include:
❑ a synopsis of your activities
❑ a listing of all organizational meetings with annotations
❑ a summary of the information covered in meetings with your course advisor, including
date and time
❑ any other relevant information
Time Log
❑ Your time log should contain a clear summary of the contact hours completed
daily with the organization or agency. It may be part of your journal or a separate
calendar (Excel works great for this).
❑ The time log needs to be signed by your site supervisor at final submission.
Experiential Research Paper
❑ Your research paper is based on your field experience. The notations in your
journal are the foundation for your experiential paper. It should illustrate how
organizational theory is demonstrated in daily practice and how the skills and
knowledge you gained could be helpful in a communication career.
❑ This paper is double-spaced and typewritten in APA format (don’t forget in-text
citations) and evaluated on content and form. This includes analysis,
explanations, synthesis, organization, language precision, grammar, and spelling.
❑ The paper is 8-10 pages in length and include references.
Portfolio Formatting
❑ Your portfolio must:
❑ Be submitted in a three-ring notebook/binder NOT have plastic page protectors
❑ Be copy ready (proofread: no spelling or grammar errors)
❑ Have items printed on 8 ½ by 11 white paper, unless items are published products
(brochures, flyers, newsletters, videos, etc.)
❑ Include clearly labeled section cover pages with brief descriptions of the assignment
that follows (e.g. journal, log, research paper).
❑ Use 12-point font for essays, reports and letters.
The Final Portfolio
❑ You will submit a hard copy of your portfolio for grading. Professor Waite will return
this to you for necessary revisions. You will resubmit the tidied-up version in PDF
Format. If you choose to include sample projects you may need to scan
pamphlets, brochures, etc. Important note: Your grade does not change, so make
certain that you turn in your best work!
❑ The conscientiously prepared portfolio not only showcases your competencies to
others by providing a panoramic view of your professional development, but also
serves as a personal reminder of what you have already accomplished.
Required Meeting
❑ The student and Professor Waite will have at least one required internship meeting.
(phone or in person) At the meeting, the following are due:
❑ An outline of the research paper for the portfolio
❑ An interim report on the progress of the Internship,
❑ A copy of the student’s journal notes
❑ A log of hours completed to date
❑ More meetings may be required at Professor Waite’s discretion.
Note: Please share any problems or concerns that you are experiencing during this
Evaluation Form
❑ The site supervisor will submit an evaluation of your performance. The evaluation is
intended to reflect your progress during the Practicum experience and will be
used, in part, to evaluate performance in the course.
❑ You will be evaluated twice; mid-way (10 points) and at the end (10 points). The
evaluation forms are sent directly to Professor Waite (
Plagiarism & Attribution
❑ Work submitted under your name must be your work.
❑ Any material taken from other sources must be properly attributed throughout the
portfolio. If you include collaborative projects in your portfolio, be sure to credit
the other writers and explain your contribution to the piece in the project
❑ In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented
accessibility need and require accommodations to obtain equal
access in this course, please contact Professor Waite at the
beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an
accommodation is required. Students requiring accessibility must
verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Accessibility
Services located in the lower level of the Stark Campus Center.
❑ This policy can be found at:
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find an organization for Applied Practicum? Check out the Communication
department bulletin board on the second floor in main hall for postings, the Comm Studies @ KSU Stark
Facebook page, ask any of your communication professors, see the Career Center, or do your own
How do I register for Comm Internship once I’ve met all the requirements and have been
hired? Complete the Controlled Course Request Form (available on the Comm web page), write a one
page prospectus (a brief description of your goals and purposes in undertaking this project), and make
sure Professor Waite signs the request for for permission . Then, just find the course on Flashline and
Is Applied Practicum the same as an Internship? No. Internship and Practicum have many
similarities, but they are distance learning experiences. Practicum is a requirement for Applied
Communication majors; internship is not. Check out the Venn Diagram on the last slide of this PowerPoint.
Who do I contact if I have any questions? Professor Lisa Waite — Email: or call her
office phone: (330)244-3410 or stop by her office: 410 in Main Hall. She welcomes your questions.
Check List
š Registration forms complete
š Organizational partnership formed
š Internship duties submitted to Professor Waite on agency letterhead and signed by the site
š Special Controlled Course Request form form signed by Professor Waite
š It is the student’s responsibility to web register for the course—don’t forget!!
š I have thoroughly reviewed this slideshow content, completed the appropriate forms,
secured agency letterhead and I am ready to finalize registration with Professor Waite which
includes review of a sample portfolio.
š I have thoroughly reviewed this slideshow content, completed the appropriate forms,
secured agency letterhead and I am ready to finalize registration with Professor Waite, which
includes review of a sample portfolio. Sign here, print this slide and bring to Professor Waite
with all of your completed forms indicating that you understand these requirements.
Venn Diagram
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