Journalism Internship Courses
The School of Journalism offers two internship courses:
- J 360F, a 3-hour class open to all Journalism students who have fulfilled the prerequisites detailed below, and
- J 160G, a 1-hour class designed to offer students a second credit-based internship course, contingent upon completion of J 360F (or J 331K, for students who may have taken the internship under that course number).
In addition, the Moody College of Communication offers COM 350 and 178 for students wishing to intern in an area outside of Journalism. These courses may count toward the Moody College of Communication's requirement that you take 6 hours of Communication coursework outside of your major department, or for elective credit . COM 350 and 178 will not count toward the mandatory internship (or Reporting Texas) course required for Journalism students following the 2012-2014 (or later) catalog.
The Moody College of Communication allows a maximum of 4 internship credit hours to count toward your degree, and you may only take one 3-hour internship course (per Moody College major). You must take the internship course during the same semester that you complete the internship. Retroactive credit for internships will not be granted under any circumstances.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor in order to best determine how these courses may fit into individual degree plans.
Receiving Course Credit
The acceptability of your internship will be evaluated using the position description provided as part of your internship application.
In order to take J 360F/160G, you must:
- meet the course prerequisites
- apply for permission to register for the course (see below)
- register for the course (once you have received permission)
- submit the Internship Application by the posted deadline (see below)
J 360 F and 160G are only offered on a credit/no credit basis.
J 360F*: J 310F and J 311F with a grade of B- or better; minimum GPA of 2.25
J 160G: a minimum GPA of 2.25, J 331K or J 360F
COM 350: prerequisites are the same as for J 360F
COM 178: a minimum GPA of 2.25, J 331K or J 360F or COM 350
*For students following a catalog prior to 2012-2014, follow the prequisites listed for J 331K for your catalog.
J 360F and 160G require that you complete at least 150 hours of work in your internship. During the fall and spring semesters this means about 10-15 hours per week for 10-15 weeks. During the summer semester this means about 15-25 hours per week for 6-10 weeks. These hours should begin around the first class day of the semester and must be completed by the last class day of the semester. Internships lasting less than 9 weeks in a long semester, or less than 6 weeks in the summer, may require additional approval from the College.
Acceptable Types of Internships
The internship host organization or supervisor must be a full-time journalism practitioner with considerable experience and, preferably, membership in a journalistic organization such as: The Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Broadcasters, American Society of Magazine Editors, The American Copy Editors Society, or National Press Photographers Association.
The general guidelines for acceptable internships are:
- Specific beginning and end dates consistent with fall, spring or summer semester.
- The host employer company/organization is bonded and/or holds sufficient business and liability insurance to cover students interning with that employer and on their business premises or while on assignment for that employer off-site while completing his/her tasks as an intern.
- Direct, on-site supervision by a working professional currently active in and with considerable journalism experience directly related to the work to be performed by the intern.
- The intern must be engaged in some kind of meaningful journalism related activities in a formal office/work setting (not remotely or at a home-office - see note below on virtual/web-based internships).
- The host employer must provide all resources, workspace, and tools for the student-intern to complete assigned internship tasks/projects.
- A commitment to give interns substantive experience in the field, which can be documented in student’s internship report, including work samples.
- A commitment to evaluate the intern’s performance at the midpoint and end of the semester, providing constructive and meaningful advice and feedback.
With the continuing evolution of multimedia journalism and telecommuting, the School of Journalism finds itself confronted with internship situations that require a more flexible set of criteria governing off-site work by interns. Any intern wanting to earn internship credit in such a situation must be able to provide (upon request), in writing from his/her internship professional supervisor, assurances concerning:
- Supervision – the intern shall be guaranteed regular (at least daily) contact with his/her supervisor.
- Feedback – the intern shall be guaranteed, detailed, regular written communication and critique of his/her work by the supervisor or appropriate designee.
- Duties – the intern shall secure a written list of the intern’s duties prior to securing permission from the appropriate faculty supervisor.
- Objectives – the intern shall secure at list of internship objectives prior to securing permission from the appropriate faculty supervisor.
- Portfolio – the intern shall not engage in any internship that does not provide samples for the intern’s career portfolio.
These assurances will be provided in addition to any and all requirements for the internship course, its reporting procedures and duties for professional supervisors. No internship credit application will be approved until all of the above have been fulfilled. The internship faculty supervisor of record still reserves the right to issue a pass/fail grade as s/he determines best regardless.
Generally, interns must provide materials for review at the mid-point and end of the semester. Usually, these deliverables are internship journal entries and job summaries, however interns may be required to include more detailed items such as work samples. Specific details will be included in the course syllabus. Interns must also complete an end-of-semester evaluation of their internship experience.
Employers are also asked to provide mid-semester and final evaluations of the interns. The course instructor will contact employers at the appropriate time to collect these evaluations.