We hope this CCSU Communication Department Internship site is helpful to you. If you find errors or have recommendations for additions or improvements, please contact the department secretary at 860-832-2690. Our goal is to make this a valuable tool for you and your insite/input would be welcomed.
Our internship information changes frequently, so please visit our website often to see the latest opportunities.
General Information Policy
Prior to Applying
Applying for an Internship FORMS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
Note about Registration Company Internship Listing Form
Grading Evaluation Report Form
Resume Structure & Checklist
The Cover Letter-Overview
Writing the Cover Letter
The Interview Process
Once You Get the Internship
If You Do Not Get Your First Choice
Problems at the Internship Site
FORMS FOR STUDENTS
Student Internship Application Form
GENERAL INFORMATION (Back to top)
Internships in the Department of Communication at CCSU are open to majors and minors who have six hours or more completed in the area in which the internship will occur. Such areas are public relations, organizational communication, mass media, media production and performance and political/legislative. Some exceptions to that rule may be made by the department when an opportunity exists for a student which may not be available at a later date.
Internships are usually granted for three semester hours. Students can complete two internships for credit but they need to be taken in two different semesters/sessions (spring, summer or fall). If a student completes a second internship at the same site, s/he needs to be involved in a distinctly different activity (i.e. TV Station: first in news room, then in the promotion department). For each semester hour of credit it is assumed that the student will put in 5 hours of work per week. Thus, for a three semester hour internship, it is necessary to work about 15 hours per week and between 180 and 200 on–site hours by the end of the internship. (NOTE: Summer internship students may work a flexible schedule as long as a minimum of 180 hours is met.) Internship students will meet with the Internship Advisor for five classes during the semester/summer session, days and times to be announced.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR AN INTERNSHIP (Back to top)
To help ensure a successful placement, the following requirements must be met in order for you to apply for an internship:
- You must be a Communication major or minor
- You must be a junior or senior (minimum 60 credits)
- You must have an overall minimum 2.50 GPA or a minimim 3.00 GPA in all Communication coursework
- You may not register for more than 15 total credits (including the internship) in the semester in which you take the internship
- You must have successfully completed a minimum of 15 Communication credits
PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR AN INTERNSHIP:
- Complete the Student Internship Application form
- Meet with the Communication Department Internship Advisor (bring Application form)
- Research the company/companies that interest you
- If you wish to intern with a company not currently on our listing, provide the company with a Company Internship Listing form to be completed and returned to the Communication Department.
APPLYING FOR AN INTERNSHIP (Back to top)
It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for the internship with the institution(s) of their own choice or via the department’s internship listing of current/ongoing sites. Details about the sites/companies selected, e.g. address, telephone, and contact person will be made available when a student has been approved for an internship. The student should then contact such internship providers and set up an interview.
NOTE ABOUT REGISTRATION
After the internship site has been selected and the intern has been accepted, the student must contact the Internship Advisor regarding course registration. Students will not be able to register for Comm 490 (Internship) without a course override provided by the Internship Advisor.
In general, internships are not finalized prior to the start of the registration period. Therefore, you should register and pay for all your other coursework as early as possible to avoid being closed out of them. You have until the end of “add period” to add and pay for the Internship course, COMM 490. As you register for your other courses, keep in mind that there will be five required classes to attend during the semester for the Internship. The dates will be provided to you on the first day of scheduled classes.
GRADING (Back to top)
For a student to receive credit for an internship the internship advisor will develop a set of assignments. The assignments are, but are not limited to, the following:
- A daily log of activities (diary) in which the student is engaged during the internship. The diary should include the date, number of hours worked, and a detailed description of the activities in which the student is engaged (type-written and double spaced). The diary should be presented every week to the Internship Advisor. The final diary is due two weeks prior to the end of the semester/summer session (exact date to be determined by the Internship Advisor).
- A written report of no less than ten type-written, double-spaced pages containing specifics of what the student has learned from the internship. The student must show evidence that s/he has integrated knowledge with communication theories and research from coursework taken in the department as well as from coursework taken outside of the department. Specific examples of learning experiences have to be described and analyzed critically. The report needs to be written like a research paper (following APA style guidelines). The paper must be submitted no later than the last day of the internship.
- An Evaluation Report form from the person to whom the student reports at the internship location. This must be submitted by the last day of classes.
- Completion of the required number of hours (180-200).
General Grading Format*
Weekly diaries 10%
Term Paper (Internship Report)** 30%
Evaluation Report (from Internship Supervisor)** 40%
* Individual faculty advisors may change the percentage for each assignment or add other requirements.
** Both the term paper and the evaluation report must be submitted on or before the last day of the Internship.
THE RESUME-OVERVIEW (Back to top)
A resume is basically a professional photograph of you. It is a chance for an employer to quickly assess whether or not you may be a potential fit for the corporation. Most resumes get less than a 20-second glance when they are first reviewed. So, continuing with the picture analogy, you need to determine if you wish to submit a portrait of yourself or a crinkled Instamatic picture that you found at the bottom of a shoebox in the hall closet.
Resumes take time to develop and they take insight from a trusted friend, coworker, professor or professional. Many times our eyes see what we want to be there, rather than what is actually written, and that can be the difference between getting an interview or being overlooked.
The section RESUME STRUCTURE & CHECKLIST offers some tips/ideas for writing your resume as well as a checklist. Since thousands of articles and books have been dedicated to this topic, you need to realize that this is just an aid for you – not a Bible. You are encouraged to investigate other resources such as articles, books and websites.
THE COVER LETTER-OVERVIEW (Back to top)
A cover letter is not always required when applying for a position but it is another chance to showcase yourself. Use it to highlight the qualifications you have which meet their needs.
As with a resume, there are some guidelines to follow.
- It should be in standard business letter format. If the contact information was provided with the advertisement, use that information (i.e., Mr. Jones) in your salutation. Otherwise, you may use: Dear Hiring Manager.
- It can have pronouns such as I, my, me. However, do not overuse or start every sentence with “I ….”
- It should be free of typos or grammatical errors.
- It should include keywords specific to each position for which you apply.
- It should not be a “cut and paste” version of your resume.
- Include a signature if you are sending an original versus sending an electronic copy.
See WRITING THE COVER LETTER for more detailed information and an outline.
THE INTERVIEW-OVERVIEW (Back to top)
You really never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Though it may be hard to believe, an interview is a two-way conversation. Both parties are seeking information so that, when a decision is reached, it is the best fit for everyone. Both the hiring organization and you have a vested interest in the outcome of the interview. They want someone who is motivated and who will perform well in their duties. You want a position where you can showcase your talents and where your contributions will be appreciated.
If you do not have questions prepared to ask, it may send the message that you did not prepare for the interview or that you are not enthusiastic about the position. So, do your research and know the correct terminology. Are they a company? University? Business? Agency? Familiarize yourself with their website. This will:
Provide background information.
Prevent you from wasting time in the interview by asking questions that are addressed on the website.
Be sure to:
- Update your resume and have someone proofread and critique it
- Prepare and practice for your interview (See Commonly Asked Interview Questions)
- Prepare questions to ask your internship site (See Questions for the Interviewer)
- Dress to impress. Be neat. Be courteous. Be on-time. Be early! Make eye contact. Give a firm handshake. Be positive and don’t dwell on negative aspects of previous jobs. (See Pitfalls To Avoid)
- Copies of your resume
- Paper and a pen for taking notes
- Your list of questions
- Writing samples/portfolio
At the conclusion of the interview, say Thank You! Be sincere. Even if you do not think the interview went well or if you are not selected for the internship, you just gained valuable interviewing experience. What did you do well? What could be improved? Make a list for yourself while it is fresh in your memory.
Write and send a handwritten thank you note to the interviewer within 24 hours. (If all correspondence has been via email, send an email thank you.) It can be short –“Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the (summer,fall,spring) internship. I enjoyed learning more details about the position.” Be neat. Spell words correctly. Make sure you sign the note and put your return address on the envelope.
See THE INTERVIEW PROCESS for listings of commonly asked interview questions, questions to ask the interviewer and pitfalls to avoid.
ONCE YOU GET THE INTERNSHIP (Back to top)
- Make an appointment with the Internship Advisor in the Communication department.
- Have the Internship Advisor notify the secretary to enter an override in the system
- Register for Comm 490 once the department secretary informs you that the override was entered into the system
- Remember to put your best foot forward every time you go to your internship site. You represent CCSU but you are also building a foundation for your career. Make it a strong one!
IF YOU DO NOT GET YOUR FIRST CHOICE (Back to top)
If you do not get your first choice, don’t despair. We have several great companies that are seeking interns. Come back in and talk to the Internship Advisor about your second choice.
PROBLEMS AT THE INTERNSHIP SITE (Back to top)
If you encounter any problems at your internship site, contact the CCSU Internship Advisor right away. Problems are rarely encountered and communicating your difficulties is your best chance of resolution. Be proactive!
POLICY FOR ORGANIZATIONS (Back to top)
The Department of Communication at Central Connecticut State University is pleased to maintain an ongoing relationship with many profit and non-profit organizations with the State of Connecticut. Internship offerings represent a broad spectrum of communication related careers within mass communication industries, promotion, public relations, advertising, fundraising and the political area.
If you are an organization and wish to participate in the Department of Communication’s Internship Program, please complete and return the Company Internship Listing form.
Students typically receive three (3) semester hour credits for their work at the organization. They do not receive payment for internship participation. Some organizations give the student a nominal amount for parking, lunch or special expenses but this is strictly on a volunteer basis.
To receive their three (3) credits, the student is expected to work between twelve to fifteen (12-15) hours per week on a schedule that has been mutually arranged. Therefore, during a typical fifteen (15) week semester, the student will work between one hundred eighty and two hundred hours. The organization will complete and submit to the Internship Advisor an Evaluation Report Form just prior to the completion of the internship.