The following information is also available on the JMC School website:

MCOM 111: Internships
240 hours required for 3 units credit.

CLICK HERE:  Explanations & Required Steps To Follow
                                 Posted April 2018. Contact the JMC School for information updates.

Drop into Prof. Bob's DBH 125 office hours to discuss career goals and internship planning.


Internship Agreement Weekly Reports  End of Internship Questionnaire  (Printable)  Internship Info Packet


Fully complete a 'Weekly Report' form 
after every 40 hours worked. A total of six must be submitted on time.

Email each report on schedule to:

Students put academic credit in jeopardy when they fall behind
or fail to submit forms on schedule.

At the END of the Spring 2018 Internship,
give your employer this link:


Tell your media employer in order for you to get credit for your internship,
the intern supervisor MUST fully complete and submit this short
online survey by MAY 24, 2018. Grades are submitted the next day.

Finally: Spring semester interns must complete and submit the
by that date. Grades are submitted the next day.

An INCOMPLETE grade will be issued if any of the six reports,
the questionnaire or the employer evaluation are not received
by 5/24 in the SJSU Journalism School.



Early planning is essential given some popular opportunities can involve a competitive process.
Summer interns students should be prepared to apply by the end of Spring Break each year.
Delays in applying after that is NOT a good idea.  Remember: "You Snooze, You Lose."

Summer 2018

Work schedules are based on the media employer's needs.
Students MUST negotiate days and specific start/end times.

Work schedule possible options:
12 weeks @ 20 hours a week maximum,
8 weeks @ 30 hours a week, or 6 weeks @ 40 hours a week.

The earliest start date for summer credit can be during Spring final exam week.
All summer internships MUST END by the start of Fall Semester 2018.
Summer interns may NOT be working into September or beyond.

See below how to secure an internship for credit.




Internship Agreement forms MUST be fully completed and specify precise start/end dates.
Employers and students must negotiate and agree to an uninterrupted work schedule.
Inquire about workplace dress code during your internship interview.

Note: Student vacations are NOT authorized during internships for credit.

JMC School student interns MUST be registered throughout the entire internship work period.
That enables students to be insured by the university.
If a student's registration is dropped, internship academic credit is forfeited.

In the JMC School this includes MCOM 111: Internships.
Majors in advertising, journalism and public relations are taught
 deadline appreciation is an important professional learning experience.
Know your obligations and meet them always.


Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter:

240 hours of professional media intern service is required
of all JMC School students majoring in Advertising, Journalism and Public Relations.
Eligibility requirements are listed below under ' 5 Steps To Follow.'

Our students have a reputation for being hard-working, well prepared, critical thinkers
who do very well in the challenging professional media workplace.

A 3 unit media related internship must be completed before university graduation.

MCOM 111 internship students are evaluated in a variety of ways by media employers in their fields.
Effective use of appropriate technology should be demonstrated throughout the internship.

SJSU / Adobe Suite Program

Once fully enrolled in MCOM 111, JMC School interns
are eligible for the free download:

made available to SJSU students by the university.

Many of the programs included are used daily in advertising,
 journalism and public relations internships.

Each semester the JMC SCHOOL DEADLINE to register for MCOM 111 is the SJSU Last Day To Add Classes.  



Local, regional, national and international
internship options are always available.

Plan months ahead.

Do extensive internship research
online to find several options.
Discuss with JMC faculty in your
major during office hours.

Apply for several internships.

Be prepared for in-person
or telephone interviews.

Don't rely on emails
or texts alone.

Follow-up with employers.


Avoid rushing to take the first thing you hear about.
Never wait until the last minute to secure an internship.

JMC School Faculty Intern Coordinator MUST APPROVE
Internship Agreement Forms Before Starting.

See Prof. Bob Rucker, Dwight Bentel Hall, Room 125,
Leave any urgent message with the JMC School Office: 408-924-3240

Never fall behind or fail to submit reports.
You could jeopardize receiving academic credit.

You are always welcome to telephone Prof. Rucker if you have questions
or timely concerns on the job. Call if you need to meet with him about a workplace issue.



For A Successful Internship Experience!


STEP 1. Eligibility
SJSU majors in advertising, journalism and public relations MUST successfully
complete three courses in their major ( 9 units ) BEFORE applying for an internship.
An overall SJSU minimum 2.0 grade point average is also required.

Plan for the search process months ahead of your planned internship.
Never wait to the last minute to fully complete STEP 1.

There are literally hundreds of good and challenging media internship offerings
locally, statewide, nationally and worldwide. Yes you may have that many choices!

Expediency or rushing to get any internship can work against you.
Securing the right internship options enables you to get that post-graduation job.


What fits your goals?

Don't be in a big rush or hurry
to register for MCOM 111.

It can be added up to the
SJSU last day to add classes.

Choosing an appropriate internship 
takes time, some research, careful thought
and several important discussions.

  Search for several options.
Expect competition.
  Apply for several choices. 
Follow-up with employers.
Communicate enthusiasm!

Eligible students should identify the media career path that want. The internship
choice should help you get an entry level job after graduation.

Do extensive research online about the range of internship opportunities available.
If you can and want to travel, look for options outside the local area. It's ok.

Discuss the options you find with your academic major instructors.
Go to their office hours for guidance.

Think twice about taking just any internship, or making a self-limiting choice.
Consider media options off campus. Venture out of your comfort zones.

Future media employers will carefully review your choices and your thinking.

Plan months ahead for this internship selection process...Long before
registering for
MCOM 111, the professional internship experience.

Never wait to the last minute to fully complete STEP 1.


STEP 2. Research Several Internship Options

Go online, talk with JMC faculty & media professionals.

It is important to know what you are getting into and how to succeed.
Faculty in your major are always available to discussions during their office hours.
Media professionals in your field may also be approached for advice.

NO TIME TO BE TIMID. Your media future is on the line.
Be prepared to listen well and narrow your internship choices to meet
JMC School requirements.

For complete details , download and read the complete
Internship Information Packet

posted here at this link and on the JMC School website.



Make contact with potential internship employers.
Some want online applications, others a phone call or an in-person interview.

Ask for clarifications before starting an internship. Don't rely on guesswork.
Be ready to talk about our internship requirements with potential intern employers.

Ask questions: Inquire about duties, work schedule, dress code, start/end dates,
 and request the employers printed internship job description.

Discuss fully the intern job expectations. Make employers aware
of SJSU Journalism School polices regarding internships.
Take good notes. Make a good impression.

Share with intern employers the link to our
JMC School Internship Policies and the
Internship Agreement Form
All parties must be fully informed of expectations,
and must sign this agreement.


The student intern and employer must discuss and agree on the following:

During the SJSU fall or spring semesters, students can work
A total of 240 hours must be successfully completed.
Work may not extend beyond the end of the SJSU semester.

* Since Winter Session is much shorter, both student & employer must agree to

Communicate effectively, thoroughly and enthusiastically.

If the employer offers the student an internship for credit, the
INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT form MUST be fully completed by both
the student and the employer's workplace intern supervisor.


 What We Require

Students - Make sure the employer provides you:

A copy of their Intern job description

Using the SJSU academic calendar
Identify and agree on the appropriate and precise
starting and ending dates for the internship.
 Do not agree to work an internship for academic credit
beyond the end of that semester.
Get the employer's or intern supervisor's signature
on the Internship Agreement form.

Incomplete or unclear agreement forms will NOT be approved.


Student interns bring to the JMC School Internship Coordinator
in Dwight Bentel Hall (DBH 125) all of the following:


before the registration deadline. That is always the last day to add a class.
No late adds for MCOM 111: Internships.

The JMC School Intern Coordinator, Prof. Bob Rucker is in DBH 125.
NEVER leave important documents under his door if he is not there.

Drop documents off in Prof. Rucker's mailbox in the JMC School Main Office,
DBH 105. He will be notified of your submission and contact you.

Professor Rucker must carefully review all documents and approve the
internship agreement before an add code may be issued.

If there are any questions or concerns, the faculty intern coordinator must meet
with the student, and possibly contact the employer to resolve any issues.

Final approval may be denied if all aspects of Step 2 are not met successfully.

STEP 3. No internship may start until
students use their add code to register for MCOM 111.

No one may start work early. You would be in violation of state law.

Important Advisory:

All university classes have insurance coverage in case of unexpected emergencies
like earthquakes, fires, accidents, etc.

MCOM 111: Internships is an authorized, off campus university class.

Once a student is properly registered for the internship experience,
the student is covered by insurance.

If a student attempts to start working an internship before being properly
registered, no credit is given for that work, and insurance would not be in effect.


Professional conduct while in the workplace is always expected.

Student interns should identify at the outset the workplace rules and expectations,
and fully comply. Should students encounter problems or concerns, they
should contact the JMC School Internship Coordinator for advice and assistance.

Intern employers should make clear upfront the work hours for the student,
plus any dress code expectations and other company pertinent policies.
Students, by signing the Internship Agreement, are stating they
will fully comply on the job with company expectations.



STEP 4. Student Internship Obligations

Make a good impression every day of your media internship. Be on time always,
dress for success,  perform all job description duties effectively, be assertive and
interact with co-workers to learn more about your professional media experience.

Always ask your on-site supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.
Volunteer ideas, always try to think ahead and be helpful.

JMC School Requirement:
Students MUST submit their Internship Evaluation Forms
After Every 40 Hours Worked.


Send completed forms on schedule to the designated
JMC School Faculty Internship Adviser.

Call the JMC School Office if there is ever a job emergency
or the student needs help with a problem: 408-924-3240.

Late reports are not acceptable, and
can jeopardize getting JMC School internship credit.

The JMC School faculty adviser may contact the student or the employer
during the internship period for updates on the student's progress,
or to address any workplace concerns.


STEP 5. End of Internship Requirements:
Students & Employers

The dates submitted on the signed Internship Agreement form at the outset
are the required dates of student internship job service. They must be honored
by all parties who signed the agreement.

After the student submits the sixth and final internship Weekly Report:

Complete and submit the following:


Complete and submit online an evaluation of the student's performance:

New Intern Evaluation Form

Students may send the link for this form directly to their workplace supervisor.


Important: All of this must be submitted by the end of the SJSU final exam
week on campus - December 22nd, 2017.

If ALL requirements are not met or all documents are not received by that time,
the student will receive an
INCOMPLETE grade for the internship until requirements are fully met.


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