Required forms and assignments
Students are required to complete several forms that document the internship experience and provide required information. All forms are required for successful completion of the internship. Instructions for each form is available on iLearn in the internship course shell open to all registered interns. Here are SAMPLES of the required forms. The actual forms are loaded in the iLearn course shell and should be downloaded or printed from your course shell.
Student interns are required to document, reflect upon and analyze their field experience. Such a process sets the internship apart from merely "working a job" as the student engages in proactive examination of the work experience, the role of the employer/sponsor, the creation of the media product and other processes connected to the experience. Students engage in a series of reflection/analysis assignments that may take the form of writing, blogging, or creating video/podcasts.
Here's an excerpt from the introduction to the instructions for Internship Assignments:
How to do your internship writing assignments:
Internship credits require students to work in the field and to document that work through analytical and reflective writing. These mirror the two key components of all experiential learning:
1) Having the 'experience'...seeing, doing, listening, learning, meeting people, accomplishing tasks, etc.
2) Reflecting on what you "learned" by having the experience. In other words, being able to explain clearly what you did, saw, heard, who you met, what you accomplished.
Start out by reading the descriptions for the first two writing assignments. It's a good idea to read the first two assignments in the beginning, before you write any of them. In this way, you will familiarize yourself with what is expected. Also, you will be able to focus your own thoughts on the type of knowledge and the skills that should make up a part of your field experience or internship.
There are no wrong answers. These reports and your Final Paper are composed of your observations, analysis, reflections and conclusions. They are unique to you and your personal experience. You can be honest. You can complain, wonder out loud or express frustration. You can also express joy and excitement about getting an opportunity to shine and to succeed. No one will read these reports except you and your instructors.
This internship is about you. Commit yourself to clearly defining what you did, what happened, how it went.
There is a tremendous value in telling your own story. In the end, it's more important that you tell it to yourself than to anyone else.
If you have questions, use the Message Tool or email to contact the internship director (email@example.com)
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