For A Successful Internship Experience!
WHAT STUDENTS &
EMPLOYERS MUST KNOW
majors in advertising, journalism and
public relations MUST successfully
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
Never wait to the last minute to fully
There are literally hundreds of good and
challenging media internship offerings
locally, statewide, nationally and
worldwide. Yes you may have that many
rushing to get any internship can work
Securing the right internship options
enables you to get that post-graduation
Don't be in a big rush or
to register for MCOM 111.
It can be added
up to the
SJSU last day to add classes.
Choosing an appropriate
takes time, some research,
and several important
Search for several options.
Apply for several choices.
Follow-up with employers.
Eligible students should identify the
media career path that want. The
choice should help you get an entry
level job after graduation.
Do extensive research online about
the range of internship
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
Think twice about taking just any
internship, or making a self-limiting
Consider media options off campus.
Venture out of your comfort zones.
Future media employers will carefully
review your choices and your thinking.
ahead for this internship selection
MCOM 111, the
professional internship experience.
Never wait to the last minute to
Research Several Internship Options
online, talk with JMC faculty & media
important to know what you are getting
into and how to succeed.
Faculty in your major are always
available to discussions during their
Media professionals in your field may
also be approached for advice.
NO TIME TO BE
TIMID. Your media future is on the
Be prepared to listen well and narrow
your internship choices to meet
JMC School requirements.
complete details , download and
read the complete
Internship Information Packet
posted here at this link and on
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
and request the employers
Discuss fully the intern job expectations.
Make employers aware
of SJSU Journalism School polices
Take good notes. Make a good impression.
Share with intern employers
the link to our
Policies and the
Internship Agreement Form
All parties must be fully informed of
and must sign this agreement.
intern and employer must discuss
and agree on the following:
During the SJSU fall or spring
semesters, students can work
NO MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK FOR 12
A total of 240 hours must be
Work may not extend beyond the end of
the SJSU semester.
Winter Session is much shorter,
both student & employer must agree to
40 HOURS A WEEK FOR 6 WEEKS BEGINNING
FALL FINAL EXAM WEEK
AND ENDING IN EARLY FEBRUARY. No
effectively, thoroughly and
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
Students - Make
sure the employer provides you:
copy of their Intern job description
Using the SJSU
Identify and agree on the
appropriate and precise
starting and ending dates for
Do not agree to work
an internship for academic
beyond the end of that semester.
Get the employer's or intern
on the Internship Agreement
unclear agreement forms will NOT be
Student interns bring to the JMC
School Internship Coordinator
in Dwight Bentel Hall (DBH 125) all of
FULLY COMPLETED &
SIGNED INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT
A copy of STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPTS
before the registration deadline.
That is always the last day to add a
No late adds
for MCOM 111: Internships.
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
before an add code may be issued.
If there are any questions or
concerns, the faculty intern coordinator
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
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.
All university classes have
insurance coverage in case of unexpected
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
Professional conduct while in the
workplace is always expected.
Student interns should identify at the
outset the workplace rules and
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
Student Internship Obligations
good impression every day of your media
internship. Be on time always,
dress for success,
perform all job description duties
effectively, be assertive and
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:
MUST submit their
Internship Evaluation Forms
40 Hours Worked.
WEEKLY REPORT FORMS
completed forms on schedule to the
JMC School Faculty Internship Adviser.
Call the JMC School Office if there is
ever a job emergency
or the student needs help with a
Late reports are not acceptable, and
can jeopardize getting JMC School
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.
of Internship Requirements:
The dates submitted
on the signed Internship Agreement form
at the outset
are the required dates of student
internship job service. They must be
by all parties who signed the agreement.
After the student submits the sixth and
final internship Weekly Report:
STUDENT INTERNS MUST
Complete and submit the
END OF INTERNSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE.
Complete and submit online an
evaluation of the
New Intern Evaluation Form
Students may send
the link for this form directly to their
All of this must
be submitted by the end of the SJSU final
week on campus - December 22nd, 2017.
requirements are not met
or all documents are not received by
the student will receive an
the internship until requirements are
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