What is an internship?
An internship is a formal educational project involving the student, the department, and an organization that offers a learning experience consistent with the student's major. It is undertaken after the student has successfully completed the majority of the academic work in the major, including specific prerequisites in the major.
In what kind of organizations do students do internships?
Students most often do internships closely related to the disciplines of their majors:
Where do students do internships?
Most students do internships in Buffalo and elsewhere in Western New York as part of a full semester class load. Students also may do internships in the summer or as part-time students. The department cannot give academic credit for internships in which students work in areas unrelated to their majors or with a company where they already are employed.
What are the academic prerequisites for an internship? Students must have at least a 2.6 GPA in their major, and they must have successfully completed the prerequisite 300-level courses - COM 301 and 308 in Public Relations and Advertising; COM 304 and COM 312 in Media Production; COM 302, 303 and 337 or 338 in Journalism.
What kind of work will be expected of students?
Student interns are expected to do entry-level professional work, monitored by the department and their internship supervisor.
How much time does an internship entail?
Plan on spending at least as much time on this course as for any other upper-division elective in your major. Basic requirements are 150 hours (minimum) of on-site time, approximately 10 hours a week throughout the 15-week spring or fall semester. Summer hours are different (generally 15 hours per week), but students must log the 150-hour minimum for the shorter summer term.
What is the role of the academic supervisor?
A Communication Department faculty supervisor monitors the intern's work and serves as a liaison between the department and the work site. Currently the internship supervisor is Nanette Tramont (Buckham B117). She works with students to obtain internship placements based on students' career goals and available placement opportunities.
What is the role of the professional supervisor?
A professional at the work site directs the intern's work and provides on-site guidance. The professional supervisor provides feedback and evaluation of the student's work performance.
Where do internships fit in the Communication curriculum?
COM 488 is an upper-level communication major elective or an upper-level All College elective if not needed within the department. Note that only six credits of internship may count toward the 120-credit graduation requirement. Additional credits may be taken as extra credits above the 120 minimum.
Does the department place students in internships?
The department works with the student to find a placement, but the decision to take an intern rests with the professional site. Generally, companies and nonprofit organizations contact the department if they wish to have an intern, or the department recommends interns to places that have had Buffalo State interns in the past or have internship opportunities. Occasionally students recommend a new site for a possible internship. SUNY requires the department to have a formal agreement with the internship site, in part to guarantee that insurance coverage is in place for students while at the workplace.
Can students do internships without academic credit?
It is possible to do internships without receiving academic credit. However, such informal internships are becoming increasingly rare because federal law requires that all workers must be compensated, and unpaid interns are considered to be compensated by receiving academic credit. Also, most companies and organizations require that students are covered by insurance, which is gained by enrolling in a course.
How do I go about getting an internship?
Your advisor can give you more detailed information about how our internships work, or you can contact the internship coordinator, Nanette Tramont, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to apply for an internship?
You begin the process by printing and completing the Internship Application.
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