Internships

Media Studies 199

Credit for internships is only available during fall and spring semesters to officially declared Media Studies majors with at least junior standing. Media Studies does not offer summer units for internships; however, your local community college may be able to offer units for an unpaid summer internship. Also, a quick internet search for "community college internship credit" may provide other options, such as on-line courses that offer credit for internships.

Internships may be an important aspect of your college experience and an essential part of your career preparation. Juggling a job, internship and coursework, however, may not always produce happy results. It is our department's policy to discourage freshmen and sophomores from taking school-year internships. Junior and senior year are soon enough to begin gaining internship experience. Focus on your prerequisite coursework in your first and second year!

When are ready to undertake an internship, meet with or contact Josh Jackson, advisor for the Supervised Independent Study for Internships Program. For more information about what is expected if you undertake an internship for credit through Media Studies, please review the first page of the information and intake form. If you already have a confirmed internship and you would like to apply for enrollment for internship units, review and submit the entire information and intake form.

***PLEASE NOTE: these internship services and units are available only to declared Media Studies students with Junior or Senior standing.

Students may enroll in MS 199: Supervised Independent Study for either 1 or 2 P/NP units. The University does not allow more than 16 units in total from 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199 courses.

The units earned are based NOT on the number of hours worked or tasks performed in the internship. Instead, units are based on the essay assignment for MS 199. For 1 unit of P/NP credit, students must write a 5-page essay, employing a single concept presented in a Media studies class. The essay should define the concept and illustrate it with observations or experiences gained from the internship. For 2 units of P/NP credit, students must write a 10-page essay, choosing 2 or 3 concepts and defining and illustrating each. Essays must include a Works Cited page.