Greenlee COVID-19 Internship Policy for Spring/Summer 2020
April 23, 2020 update: The Greenlee School required internship (499A) is more than a course—it is an experience that prepares you to be more competitive for securing your next position in media and communication. Yet we understand COVID-19 has created a unique situation with regard to securing and completing internships, and we are committed to working with students to help them continue making progress toward graduation.
For students who (a) are or were working in their approved internship during the spring or summer semesters of 2020 or (b) are planning to graduate in spring, summer or fall 2020 or spring 2021, we are offering several options. Students should consult with their advisers as they consider what is best for their situation.
ADVRT / JL MC / P R 499A is a three-credit, 400-hour internship in advertising, journalism and mass communication or public relations required for all majors in the Greenlee School. It is different than many other courses in that learning takes place in a professional media environment instead of the traditional classroom. 499A allows you to gain professional media experience while being mentored and evaluated by both media professionals and your faculty adviser. It is available only to Greenlee majors and offered on a satisfactory-fail basis.
Prerequisites for 499A
To enroll in 499A, you must have fulfilled the following requirements:
- Passed JL MC 110 and successfully completed JL MC 201 with a C+ or better
- Classified as a junior or senior
- ADVRT majors: successfully completed ADVRT 301 with a C+ or better
- JL MC majors: successfully completed JL MC 302 or JL MC 303 with a C+ or better
- P R majors: passed P R 301 and successfully completed P R 321 with a C+ or better
Guidelines for 499A Internships
Internships must meet the following criteria to be considered for your 499A:
- A minimum of 400 hours of work.
- Duties aligned with the tasks of advertising, journalism and mass communication or public relations.
- A professional supervisor who:
- works on site with you.
- is an employee of the organization where you are completing the internship.
- has an education and/or significant professional experience in journalism and mass communication, advertising or public relations or a closely-related field.
- is not related to you.
- A professional workplace. You may not work from home or for a student organization.
- Necessary resources for you to complete the internship (work space, equipment, software, etc.). You may not check out Greenlee School equipment for an internship.
- An opportunity for you to build a professional portfolio.
499A Internship Syllabus
In the 499A Internship Syllabus packet you will find the 499 syllabus, information about the approval process and the 499A Pre-Approval Form. This packet also includes information about the internship final paper and portfolio requirements.
499A Proposal Worksheet
The 499A Proposal Worksheet is designed to help you collect the information needed to complete your internship proposal before you have access to the Internship Web System (IWS). This worksheet can be used as a guide when you meet with your proposed internship supervisor to discuss your internship requirements. You’ll input the information into IWS.
How should I prepare for my internship?
Preparing for your internship should begin the moment you step on campus. The Greenlee School provides a number of internship resources to help, but you are responsible for finding your 499A internship. Here are some steps you can take now to help you land your internship:
- When do you want to complete your internship? Use your four-year plan to make sure you are on track to complete 499A prerequisites.
- Collect work samples from courses, student media, clubs and organizations. Search for work opportunities that could contribute to your portfolio.
- Attend workshops to prepare for your internship and Greenlee School events and internship fairs to network with alumni and professionals.
- What type of professional experience do you want to have? Where do you want to work? Think of specifics (location of internship, living arrangements and cost), and look for contacts within organizations. Keep track of companies you’re interested in, including contact information, a list of required application materials and application deadlines for each organization.
- Meet with your faculty adviser to discuss 499 opportunities.
What is ADVRT/JL MC/ P R 499B?
ADVRT/JL MC/ P R 499B is an optional course that allows a Greenlee major to earn 1 to 3 credits based on the number of hours worked at an internship in the student’s specialization. It is offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only. Contact your faculty adviser to find out if your internship qualifies. Note: This course is not a replacement for 499A and is not tracked through IWS.
Make an appointment with your faculty adviser or contact the Greenlee School to set up an appointment with our internship coordinator, Juli Probasco-Sowers, (515) 294-4342.