Internship Program – Expectation

What is expected of you?

While most of your work for COM 399 is done outside the University setting, this is a college course for which you are receiving academic credit.  As such, I expect you to view your experiences as they relate to communication concepts, ideas, and theories. You are communication majors and the courses you have taken up to this point should influence your observations.  Your e-mails and final paper should reflect this assimilation of “classroom knowledge” and “real world experience.”

The first thing you do is READ ALL THE INFORMATION OF THE WEBSITE – including links.  Then “apply” to take COM 399 through the webpage.  The only way to become a student of COM 399 is to meet eligibility requirements, apply, be accepted, and have the department enroll you in the course.  You are not able to enroll yourself. Once you are accepted, you will be given access to the other forms and information you need for your internship. I will send COM 399 related emails to your email so please check it regularly.

You must complete the learning contract and turn it in to me by the Friday of the second week of the semester (the first week in summer session).  Read the areas carefully and get your supervisor’s help in filling out the “responsibilities” section.  In articulating your “goals,” focus on the communication related aspects of your work and what you hope to accomplish in those areas.  Remember that this is a communication course. The skills you develop and the knowledge you acquire should be central to the study of human communication.  This is a contract between you, me (as a representative of the Department of Communication), and your supervisor and is a requirement for you passing COM 399.  The learning contract must be signed by you and your supervisor. You should scan the signed, completed contract and upload it to the corresponding Canvas assignment.  If you are unable to scan it as a PDF then you may place a hard copy in my mailbox. I will sign it and obtain the Department Chair’s signature. A copy will be kept in your file.

You are obligated to work 50 hours for each credit hour you would like to earn.  Plan to keep track of your hours and be able to account fo the schedule you have kept over the semester.  As an example, if you are taking COM 399 for 3 credits, you will work 150 hours over the semester. If this is the case, plan to work about 10-15 hours a week at your internship.  Your hours may vary a bit – that’s between you and your supervisor – I’m satisfied as long as you complete the total hours during the semester.

You are required to meet, face-to-face, with me three times.  One of the meetings will come before the beginning of the semester in which you are taking COM 399 when we discuss your interests and internship opportunities.  The other meeting will be a one hour kick-off meeting at the beginning of the semester. The third is a “networking” event for lunch or dinner with your fellow interns.  I will give you the date via a Canvas announcement each semester. We will not have the networking meeting for summer COM 399 students because so many students are working outside of Lexington.

Each intern is expected to complete written work related to the internship. I want to hear about the organization, your responsibilities, what you are learning, and how all this relates to communication.  In each theory application paper, relate what you have done or observed to a specific communication theory.  You must submit one theory application paper for each credit hour earned, so three for three credit hours, six for six credit hours, etc.  The required due dates will be posted in the Canvas assignment.

Lastly, you will write a “reflection” paper regarding your internship experience.  This final paper is due during finals week. The exact due date will be posted in the Canvas assignment.