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Information for Internship Providers

The Department of Media welcomes businesses and not-for-profit organizations to provide a dimension of our students’ education through internships. This is vitally important and cannot be duplicated in the regular college classroom. We thank you for your commitment. If you have reason to seek a Student Intern for an open position or a special project, you can post your position through Bronco Jobs. As supervisor you might be interested in perusing the Internship Guidelines for the step-by-step method used by the student to maneuver through the internship process.

A student must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher to enroll for internship credit. Be sure to specify any professional preparation qualifications required for the internship you wish to offer.

Credits: Students are charged the regular fee per credit to participate in internships. Each internship credit equates to approximately 45 hours, so a student completing a three-credit internship will commit approximately 10 hours per week over the course of a semester. Freshmen and Sophomores are discouraged from applying for internship credit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us anytime.

Dr. Rick Moore, Internship Coordinator
(208) 426-3562

Dr. MF Casper, PR Internship Coordinator
(208) 426-2956

Dr. Matt Isbell, Associate Professor
(208) 426-3332

Requirements for internship sites and supervisors:

  1. HIGH-QUALITY INTERNSHIP. You should aspire to intern at the highest possible level related to your professional goals. Ideally, you should find an organization in which you will be able to work with local, national, or international communication professionals who have formal education and demonstrate a proven professional track record. We’d like you to learn from the best and also to have names of prestigious organizations on your resume when you graduate.
  2. ESTABLISHED ORGANIZATION. An organization must have the ability to support, instruct, and mentor an intern. Therefore, we recommend seeking organizations or individuals providing internships that have been established for a minimum of 3 years. Start-up organizations typically are not eligible to provide internships.
  3. QUALIFIED ON-SITE SUPERVISOR. You need a formal, designated internship supervisor on site. The supervisor is in a position similar to that held by a professor and should be able to instruct and mentor you. If the person with whom you are working knows less about the area than you do, quality learning is highly unlikely. Therefore, supervisors must have either:
    1. A degree in communication, journalism, media arts, public relations, or a related field and 3-years full-time post graduate experience in his/her current capacity
    2. 7 or more years of experience in his/her current capacity if they do not hold a degree.
    3. If the person is serving as a supervisor of a Communication and Media Department intern for the first time, we may request a copy of his/her resume.
    4. You will be asked to provide the supervisor’s professional contact information, job title, education, and related employment history for verification. We will not approve supervisors who cannot provide a phone number and email address clearly associated with the organization providing the internship.
  4. YOU ARE NOT EMPLOYED THERE. You will learn much more in a new setting than you would working in a place and with individuals with which you are already familiar. Therefore, you may not complete internships at organizations where you are currently or have previously been employed.
  5. APPROVED INTERNSHIP VERIFICATION FORM. Department of Communication and Media internships require pre-approval. This determines the acceptability of a particular internship by evaluating your readiness; the suitability of the organization offering the internship; the designated supervisor’s qualifications; the internship duties and terms; and the internship learning objectives. The verification process protects you by ensuring your internship is a valuable learning experience. A link to the Internship Verification form is available on the Communication and Media Department website internship page.