Doing an internship for credit requires Department of Journalism approval. Our decision turns on two things: your job description (we don’t want to give academic credit unless you are treated like a professional with professional responsibilities) and the nature of your supervision. Ideally, we want you to be supervised by an employer with significant experience. The point is to learn something. (To discuss internships before enrollment, see Ted Spiker, department chair in Weimer 2070.)
Fill out an internship form, available in the Department of Journalism office. All internship applications are reviewed by the department chair. You are required to supply a detailed job description, the name of the employer and, perhaps, an example of the work done by the employer.
Credit varies according to the length of the internship and the amount worked per week. Normally, a semester-long, full-time internship is needed for the maximum three-hour credit.
- Interns are expected to file three progress reports. These can be e-mails listing daily assignments or an informal note describing your experiences on the job. Send them to email@example.com. Keep all of your published work and other materials you worked on that did not get published. We may ask to see work samples. You’ll certainly want to save your work for your professional portfolio.
- A summary report is due at the end of the internship. It can be two or three typed pages or a lengthy e-mail. Evaluate your experience. Be honest and detailed in any criticism. This helps the department evaluate an internship experience and is not shared with your employer. It should discuss what the experience was like, the things the intern did for the employer and what sort of guidance and criticism was received.Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org three business days before the semester ends.
- We need an evaluation from your employer. An evaluation form is available in the Journalism office or by opening Internship Evaluation Form. We try to keep this low maintenance and not burden your supervisor. The department keeps a copy of the evaluation – whatever the form – and gives a copy to the student. Have it sent to email@example.com three business days before the semester.
Credit is awarded through JOU 4940 Internship, which is a departmentally controlled course. Registration – upon completion of the proper paperwork – is done by the Department of Journalism office. Leave the form with the department chair or the office staff.
You must take the internship credit in the semester that that you have the internship. Credit for internships cannot be awarded retroactively. There is no letter grade for the internship courses. The class must be taken pass-fail.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable on your internship, please let us know. If you feel that the employer is violating the guidelines of the internship, or if there is something in the workplace that makes you uncomfortable, we need to know. Please call or e-mail.
For all correspondence related to the internship, write: Ted Spiker, professor and chair, The University of Florida Department of Journalism, P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, Fla. 32611. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail is preferred, but some employers like having a regular address.)
You are not required to do an internship for credit. The important thing is the experience. Sometimes, when you are not being paid on your internship, it does not seem financially wise to pay tuition and fees (JOU 4940 is a for-credit class, after all) for the privilege of working for free. It’s your decision whether you want to do an internship for credit.