Frequently Asked Questions

What is and intern/practicum?

Who is avaliable to intern?

As an intern sponsor, what is expected of my business?

What is requried of a course-credit intern?

Are interns paid?

How do I secure an intern?

When an intern request is received, the intern opportunity is?

Can I have more than one intern at a time?

How long is an internship?

Can an intern work for more than one semester?

Who can become an intern?

Can I fire an intern?

Are there any legal issues that you know of concerning internships?

Who do I contact with a concern, complaint or compliment?

 

 

What is an internship/practicum?

An internship (or practicum) is an out-of-classroom work experience in a student's academic major in a place of business.

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Who is available to intern?

Students who are mass communication majors, with emphasis in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Brand Communications/Advertising

  2. General Journalism

  3. Photography

  4. Public relations

Students working for course credit must

  • be a junior or senior, with a major in some aspect of mass communication.

  • have at least two required courses in their major area of emphasis.

  • have a 2.5 GPA in his/her major or journalism coursework.

  • have completed at least 15 credit hours at UCO.

Students working for course credit are NOT permitted to:

  • work for a family member, unless prior approval is granted through the internship coordinator. No family member can supervise a relative.

  • gain internship credit at a place of business where they are currently employed.

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As an intern sponsor, what is expected of my business?

 

The on-site supervisor is expected to meet the following criteria

  • plan to use an intern in a capacity that will enhance the intern's education, by allowing the intern to practice his/her skills in a work environment.

  • provide regular supervision of the intern by giving on-the-spot critiques, constructive criticism and professional counsel, as appropriate to the duties assigned the intern.

  • as time passes provide progressively more challenging work opportunities for the student so that the intern experience will continue to be a learning opportunity.

  • provide an interim evaluation of the intern's performance midway through the period of internship (fall and spring semesters only). The evaluation form is provided by the Department of Mass Communication and a sample can be obtained by clicking here. Evaluations constitute a major role in assigning a letter grade.

  • provide a final evaluation of the intern's performance for the entire internship period.

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What is required of a course-credit intern?

Students must complete 60 hours of work on-the-job for every course credit hour earned. To determine how many hours of credit can be earned, use one of the following formulas:

(hours per week x number of weeks) = total hours ÷ 80 for number of credits possible or 5 hours per week for 16 weeks = 1 credit hour

Students are also required to complete two portfolio items during their internship as well as a 3-5 page typed paper summarizing the intern experience.

 

 

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Are interns paid?

The majority of interns are not paid. UCO does allow course-credit interns to be paid, providing they have not worked in the current position for the current supervisor for more than three months.

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How do I secure an intern?

Complete a request form by clicking here. You may either fill out the form online and submit it, or you may print off a copy of the form and fax it to Jill Kelsey, APR, Intern Coordinator at (405) 974-5125. You may also e-mail her at jkelsey@uco.edu. PDF files are welcome.

Professor Kelsey is available by phone at (405) 974-5914. She teaches a full load of classes and may not be immediately available to handle your request. Leave a message and she will return your call.

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When an intern request is received, the intern opportunity is:

  • in journalism department classes

  • on department bulletin boards

  • the Intern Resource Notebook (5 copies of the position description) for use by potential interns. Intern positions remain in this Intern Resource Notebook until the sponsor or business asks that their name be removed from the intern resource book. Full job-description and information provided by the intern sponsor will be provided in the Intern Resource notebook.

  • through direct contact with Professor Kelsey.

  • Resources do not permit us to post new opportunities on our web site at this time.

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Can I have more than one intern at a time?

Yes.

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How long is an internship?

Interns generally work for one semester (fall/spring/summer). Interns must work 80 hours on-the-job for each credit hour earned. If an intern works 16 weeks during a 17 week semester, that is approximately 5 hours per week for one credit hour.

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Can an intern work more than one semester?

We prefer that students secure a variety of internships in order to explore career opportunities, network and expand their knowledge base. Occasionally interns are permitted to remain with one sponsor longer than one semester. This requires special permission from the intern coordinator.

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Who can become an intern?

Any junior or senior majoring in the mass communication field with an emphasis in public relations, advertising, general journalism or photography who maintains a 2.5 or better GPA in their major can become an intern. Interns must have taken two required courses in their major (or may be taken concurrently with permission).

In addition, a mass communication minor who meets criteria may be permitted to intern.  A sophomore may be allowed to intern when course work, grade point, maturity and initiative dictate.

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Can I fire an intern?

Yes. If an intern does not fulfill his/her responsibilities as outlined by both the business sponsor and the Department of Mass Communication, you may "fire" the intern. Please do notify the Intern Coordinator (Jill Kelsey) at once should this occur.

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Are there any legal issues that you know of concerning internships?

Check with your Human Resources Department or legal counsel on this matter.

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Who do I contact with a concern, complaint, or compliment?

The intern coordinator, Jill Kelsey, at 974-5914 or jkelsey@uco.edu

Broadcast specific internships, contact Dr. Keith Swezey, 974-2792 or kswezey@uco.edu

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