Internships provide you with opportunities to gain professional-level media experience in real-world environments under the supervision of professional practitioners. They also provide opportunities for developing resumes, making media contacts and networking. Such experiences may also lead to employment with respective internship agencies after graduation. Internships are valuable experiences which potential employers look for on students' transcripts and resumes.
The University of South Dakota greatly values the participation and contribution of professionals in this process. Internship relationships between USD and strategic communication and journalism professionals can exist only as long as there is mutual respect for the quality of student interns available. In order to maintain this integrity, only declared major students who are adequately prepared to both contribute and gain meaningful experience from an internship will be permitted to participate in the department-sanctioned, for-credit internship program.
Approval of an internship application will be based on the following criteria:
If you do not meet the above standards and still wish to apply for an internship, you may appeal to the internship coordinator in writing.
Internships can be taken for 1-2 credits. No student will be permitted to earn more than two total hours of internship credits for a minimum of 200 hours of work. Most students are expected by internship sponsors to work more than the minimum of 100 hours per credit hour.
Once the Department has approved the internship, it is immaterial whether or not the student is paid by the internship agency. That is a matter between the student and the agency. (Interns are advised to arrange with the agency for provision of accident/health insurance and other relevant benefits.)
Internships will be approved only with mass media agencies or organizations operating a mass media activity/department in which the student will be directly supervised by a professional practitioner of a public communication discipline, and in which the student will be participating in professional-level public communication activities.
Examples of such agencies could include:
The agency must operate a recognized professional communication activity and the agency must have prior approval by the Department of Media & Journalism to offer such activities as an internship opportunities. The internship coordinator will make every effort to check out the agencies seeking interns as well as student-initiated contacts with potential internship agencies.
You are expected to employ the same procedures in locating and acquiring an internship as you would use after graduation to locate and acquire employment.
You must also follow these additional procedures:
NOTE: Internship credit will not be awarded to unqualified students, or for internships, jobs or work experiences accomplished without prior registration for the course, without prior approval and concurrent supervision by the internship supervisor, or otherwise after the fact.
Upon completion of the internship, the intern must record and acquire documentation for submission to the internship coordinator for evaluation and grading of the internship experience.
Interning students must:
Upon completion of the internship, the student intern must insure the timely submission of all the materials described above to the internship coordinator. Before the coordinator can evaluate the internship, your internship file must contain all of the following items:
As soon as possible after all the necessary documents have been submitted and the internship file is complete, the internship coordinator will submit a grade report to the registrar's office, based on an evaluation of all the documentation, which may include a phone conversation with the internship supervisor.
You can receive credit, pay or both for your internship. It is okay for you to seek a paid internship and receive credit for the same work experience if you have applied for and received approval for the internship before you begin work.