Communications Internship Checklist

Congratulations on securing an internship! To ensure a smooth process for earning academic credit for your internship, please follow the steps below. (Download a PDF of the checklist and guidelines.)

Tasks

  • Student should register and attend two (2) REQUIRED COM Internship Prep Seminars the semester PRIOR to their first academic internship. This can be done from the Internship webpage/School of Communications-Academics. If you are studying abroad and plan an internship upon your return, please sign up for the seminars in advance of your trip abroad.
  • Student should talk with her internship site supervisor to develop a list of duties. This will be needed for your registration form. Often, supervisors also want to know how many work hours are required. Please share with them – 1 credit = minimum 80 work hours, 2 credits = minimum 160 hours. Student may enroll for one (1) or two (2) credits during fall, spring, but only one credit during winter term. Next, write three (3) LEARNING GOALS for your registration. READ: Setting Goals. Think about and include on form: What new knowledge, skills and attitudes / behaviors do you hope to acquire from your internship experiences? Think about your duties and tasks, which will help you to accomplish these goals.
  • Once you have obtained your internship, please go to the COM Internship webpage and ‘Register for the Internship Course’ with the Internship Director, Professor Tonkins. You will receive an online registration link (EJN-‘Register for Credit’) one day prior to your appointment in the reminder email. Please complete the online form in advance of your appointment. Your registration form will be reviewed during the appointment. If you are completing an internship abroad, you must also visit the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, complete the ‘Independent Elon Program Abroad (IEPA) Student Information Form’ and include COM 381 on your Course Review Form. If you’re an international student, you must also get prior approval from GEC for any U.S. internships. Also, please provide your offer letter from your internship site.
  • Professor Tonkins will email your site supervisor to verify your academic credit, to obtain digital approval of your learning goals and duties, and to provide school requirements. Internship approval is provided after your supervisor has signed off on your duties. Please follow up with supervisor.
  • Professor Tonkins will process your Ontrack registration and Technology will add you to Moodle after completion of internship prep seminars. Please review the COM 381 syllabus and course Moodle page prior to your departure from school/internship start date.
  • The Bursar’s office will bill you if: (a) this is a summer course, (b) you exceed the maximum credit hours during the regular term (18 credits) or winter term (4 credits), or (c) you are a part-time student.
  • Student must arrange a work schedule (hours) with the internship site supervisor for the full academic term (minimum 4 weeks in summer). Student must review the syllabus and Moodle, and complete all pre-internship assignments prior to departure from school/first week of internship.
  • Please refer to Moodle and your syllabus for all Internship course assignments! Report internship progress as indicated on the syllabus to Professor Tonkins. Please provide a link to your updated ePortfolio, as indicated on the syllabus. Have a wonderful learning experience!
  • Student must complete an internship presentation to faculty and peers on the day before classes begin in the fall semester for summer internship, or to Professor Tonkins at an assigned time for internships completed during other academic terms.
  • Congratulations, you’re a success!