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 blogs or podcasts.
EXCERPT FROM "INTRODUCTION: 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.
Throughout the internship students will be given a range of topics. Using those topics as a starting point, students will reflect on their internship experience, and share their experiences with fellow students.
Assignments are organized in two formats:
1) Written Assignments: This format is composed of the Learning Goals submission, the Mid-term Report and Final Paper.
2) Blogs: This format is composed of Primary Posts (made by the student to report on progress and activity in the internship) and Secondary Posts (comments and questions made by student after reading others' Primary Posts)
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...
SAMPLE INTERNSHIP WRITING TOPICS
Employer Organization & Structure
How is your workplace organized? Who is in charge in your department? How many people work there? Who reports to whom? How are tasks assigned and divided? Write a description of how work gets done, who does what. And, don't forget to include where interns fit into the bigger picture.
A Day/Week In This Life
Bring us into your world as an intern. Write a detailed description of a typical day/week that you spend as an intern. Describe your duties and activities, your workplace, your colleagues and co-workers. You may want to take a chronological approach, giving a report of how your day goes hour by hour. Or, maybe you want to take a narrative, descriptive approach...
What role does competition play for your internship employer? Who are its competitors? How does the company/organization deal with competitors? What strategies are in place to face competition? Do your co-workers talk about this issue? How do they deal with it? What have you learned about the role of competition in the media from your time at this internship?