The internship search and learning process can be as confusing to parents and guardians as it is to students. Let's demystify things a bit with these Frequently Asked Questions:
- Marist offers credit-bearing Communication internships in a wide range of credit options, from 1 credit to 14 credits. Students work 45 contact hours per credit hour. Ex: 3 credit internship requires 135 contact hours.
- Internship credit is available to Juniors & Seniors who have a 2.5 or above GPA, and have completed a pre-requisite career prep course. Internships are considered field experience. It is the opinion of the faculty that younger students are not well prepared to perform adequately and thus maximize a professional field experience.
- Students must "register" at the start of a semester (Fall, Spring & Summer only) in order to seek credit for a professional work experience. No retroactive credit is available. Information about internship registration is available to students on this website and is regularly disseminated via email blast, and announcements on social media sites linked to this site.
- Internships exist solely to benefit students' career and education prospects. Our goal is for the student to learn through experience. Therefore the internships are limited in time and scope and require academic work (essays, papers, blogs, video reports) in which the student analyzes, reflects and measures the experience.
- The college charges for internship credits because we apply staff time, talent and energy to our internship program and because students are carried under the college's insurance so long as they are registered for credit.
- The Communication & Media Studies Internship Program adheres to best practices for internships as espoused by leading academic professional associations and societies. For example, we closely follow the "Eight Principles" established by the National Society for Experiential Education and the guidelines for internships published by the National Association of Colleges & Employers.
Internship Guidebook for parents