The RTF Department currently offers four different internship courses:
- RTF 330L is a 3-hour course, open to all RTF students who have fulfilled the prerequisites detailed below.
- RTF 178 is a 1-hour course designed to offer students a second credit-based internship course, contingent upon completion of RTF 330L.
- RTF 330M is for students enrolled in the Digital Media Minor.
- RTF 330N is for students enrolled in the Media Industries and Entertainment Minor.
- RTF 650N will be available starting in Fall 2019 for RTF students participating in the UTNY program. Its prerequisites and application process are the same as RTF 330L.
In addition, the Moody College of Communication offers COM 350 and 178 for RTF students wishing to intern in an area outside of RTF. 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.
The Moody College of Communication allows a maximum of 6 internship credit hours to count toward your degree (4 for students under catalogs prior to 2018-2020), 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
In order to take an RTF internship course 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 appropriate internship application by the posted deadline (see below)
Internship courses are only offered on a credit/no credit basis.
Prerequisites for these courses are as follows:
- RTF 330L, 330N, 330L and 650N: upper-division standing
- RTF 178: RTF 330L
- COM 350: upper-division standing
- COM 178: RTF 330L or COM 350
The courses require that you complete at least 160 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 RTF department.
Acceptable Types of Internships
The internship host organization or supervisor must be a professional company or individual currently active in and with considerable experience in some aspect of the film, video, television, audio, “new media”, telecommunications or radio industry. As an intern, you must be engaged in meaningful activities within one of these media in order to receive credit. Internships must be at an established place of business and not a home office.
In addition, general guidelines for acceptable internships are:
- Beginning and end dates that are generally consistent with fall, spring or summer semester.
- Direct, on-site supervision by a working professional currently active in and with considerable experience in some aspect of the film, video, television, audio, “new media”, telecommunications or radio industry directly related to the work to be performed by the intern.
- The intern must be engaged in meaningful activities in a formal office/work setting (not remotely or at home-office).
- 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.
- A commitment to evaluate the intern’s performance at the midpoint and end of the semester, providing constructive and meaningful advice and feedback.
- 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.
The acceptability of your internship will be evaluated using the position description provided as part of your internship application.
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.
Course Instructor: Maggie Steinhauer
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