Communication Studies Internships
Communication studies Department strongly encourages all students to consider pursuing an internship as part of their undergraduate experience at Bridgewater State University. As coordinator of the internship program for the Communication Studies Department, I enjoy working closely with students who are considering an internship.
This guide has been prepared to help you find answers to basic questions about the internship experience. The earlier you begin looking into internships the better. I am here to help in any way I can. Please read this guide carefully and then feel free to schedule an appointment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Joel Litvin
Room Maxwell Library 215F
1. Internship Placement is available in your junior or
senior year. That means you can apply to the department for an internship
when you are second semester sophomore.
2. You must have a G.P.A of 2.5 overall and a 2.67 G.P.A in your major course work.
3. You must have completed 15 hours of course work in the major. CC130 is not counted since it is a GER, not a Department requirement.
4. You must have completed at least two courses directly related to the proposed internship.
5. No more than three semester credits will be counted as part of the thirty-six hour department major requirement.
6. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, rather than a letter grade, will be assigned.
-Obtain an up-to-date degree audit. You may do this online or at Boyden Hall.
-Bring your degree audit to Dr. Litvin and obtain an Internship Application Form.
-DISCUSS YOUR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT WITH DR. LITVIN.
-After agreeing on an appropriate career field, obtain the placement.
-Fill out an "Application for Undergraduate Internship or Practicum" Form.
-Get your academic advisor's signature on the Department Internship Form.
-Bring your degree audit to Dr. Litvin again and obtain his signature on the Department Internship Form.
-Get the department chairperson's signature on the Department Internship Form.
Why have an internship?
· Hands on experience.
· Opportunity to explore career options.
· Job search preparation.
· Development of portfolio materials.
· Visibility and networking.
· Personal and professional growth.
Who is eligible?
· Communication juniors and seniors.
· 2.67 GPA within major and 2.5 overall.
· Student must have completed at least two courses directly related to the proposed internship.
How can I tell if I'm qualified to do an internship?
· Good question! You must do course work which has given you entry-level skill and knowledge. Discuss this early with your academic advisor and, if possible, with the department intern supervisor.
How can I contact the department intern supervisor?
· You can make an appointment with Dr. Joel Litvin at 508- 531-2138.
When can I do an internship?
· You are eligible to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year.
Are there many internships available?
· There are literally hundreds of internship possibilities (see below for a partial list). Your intern supervisor can provide you with many listings and the Career Planning Center also maintains internship placements in its internship data base.
How long does an internship last?
· Normally, you're expected to do your internship during the fail or spring semesters or during the summer term.
How many credits can I earn during an internship?
· That depends on the type of internship, the amount and variety of work to be done, and departmental and college regulations. Typically, students do three (3) credit internships or six (6) credit internships. However, no more than three semester credits will be counted as part of the thirty-six hour department major requirement.
What are the internship requirements?
· Credits: as noted earlier, students work 45 hours at an internship
site for each semester credit earned.
· Log: the student is required to maintain a log of hours worked at the site.
· Journal: the student is required to maintain a daily journal detailing duties performed at the site.
· Term paper: the student will submit a term paper of no less than 5 pages nor more than 10 typed pages by the first day of the examination period.
· Site evaluation student is evaluated by the site supervisor, who provides an evaluation based on professional skills and work habits.
Samples of Internship Opportunities in 2009-2010
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
Catholic Charities South
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
WLVI-TV Channel 56
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
BTV Cable 9
Media Education Foundation
WBZ-TV Channel 4
WCVB-TV Channel 5
WHDH Channel 7
WLVI Channel 56
WPRI 12 & FOX 64
Body & Soul Magazine
The Community Newspaper
Harvard Common press
Institute on Political Journalism
Mass Auto Dealers Association
Wellesley Information Services
Taunton Mayor Office
American Cancer Society American Red Cross
Human Service Options, INC
Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
National Multiple Sclerosis Network
Northwestern Mutual Life
Old Colony YMCA
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton
First Night, Inc.
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Phoenix Communication Group
United South End Settlements
New Bedford Area of Commerce
Last Modified: April 19, 2011