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Internship Requirements

Expectations & Suggestions

According to the JBU 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog, the following majors require an internship: Digital Cinema and Graphic Design.

Please note that the Digital Cinema major requires BOTH an Internship and a Senior Comprehensive Project.

What is an Internship?

In order to earn three hours of credit and fulfill the requirements of your degree you will secure an internship in the field of your major and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 135 hours of work.

The company that you work for does not need to have an established internship program, nor do they need to go out of their way to provide any special educational opportunities. Our expectation is simply that you will be allowed to work in the creative environment of your field and that you will be working with/for a professional in the field.

An internship is not simply professional practice — you must have a supervisor who is a professional in your field of cinema, photography, graphic design or web design. For instance, we will not approve a position where you will be the expert at this organization. An internship is not simply professional practice.

Learning Expectations

Some examples of the kinds of learning experiences that you should expect might include some of the following:
1. Experiences related to deadlines and workflow expectations
2. Experiences related to client relationships
3. Experiences related to teamwork
4. Experiences related to critique of your work
5. Experiences related to production needs
6. Experiences related to business specific equipment and software

Expectations for employers.

Discuss Internship options with your adviser.

Your internship must be pre-approved by your advisor. If an opportunity presents itself during the summer, get in touch via phone, email or mail with your advisor or Mr. Andrus before assuming that the internship will qualify. It would be best to begin discussing options by the beginning of your junior year.

To receive Internship credit:

Most students will complete their internship during the summer before their senior year or during their senior year. It would not be wise to attempt to satisfy this requirement before your junior year.

1. Secure an approved internship (approved by your adviser) and complete the JBU Internship Approval Form prior to commencing work.

2. Register for the course ART 4423 Internship. If you will be doing your internship during the summer before your senior year or in the fall of your senior year, you should register for this course in the spring of your junior year when registering for your fall senior year classes. ART 4423 Internship is not a regular course at JBU and does not meet as a regular class.

3. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 135 hours of work at this internship and ask your supervisor to mail or email a short letter on company letterhead to Mr Andrus to confirm that you satisfactorily completed 135 hours of work.

4. Write a substantial and intelligent paper describing your learning experience. This paper may take the form of a journal if you like. Papers should be 5-10 pages long and should not only describe your company and your position but also discuss the kinds of learning experiences you had. What did you learn at your internship that you did not learn in school? Samples of your work are welcome as well.

We must have your JBU Internship Approval Form, a letter from your supervisor, and your learning experience paper by the end of the semester. When we have all three, we will be able to inform the registrar's office that you have completed your internship and you will receive a grade of S for ART 4423 and will receive 3 hours of credit. This credit will have no impact on your GPA.   


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