This page provides a general outline of what I expect for a successful student internship that I supervise at CU Boulder. The details will be worked out on a case-by-case basis.
- Identify a critical, scholarly perspective that can inform a work experience
- Perform your internship to the satisfaction of your work supervisor
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate critical thinking and practical pedagogy
Arrange to meet with me three times: at the beginning to agree on a plan, after turning in the midterm report, and after turning in the final report. This should ideally occur during my office hours, or by appointment. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss the ideas and motivations surrounding the internship, along with any challenges you face on the job.
Be sure to turn assignments in at least three days before we meet so I have time to review them.
Midterm: Reading report
At the beginning, we will agree on a book that you will read during the internship that connects the experience to media studies scholarship. Within one week of the midterm, you will turn in an approximately 1,300-word report on the book, highlighting key insights and concerns, and reflecting on its relevance to the internship experience.
Final: Successor handbook
Before the last scheduled office hours the end of the term, you will turn in a handbook about how to carry out the internship for their successor in the role. It should include some insights from the book that you read. The length may vary depending on context, but a good target is about 2,000 words. Remember to format it appropriately and professionally.
If your employer is interested in having such a handbook for their purposes, we can discuss adjusting the assignment to help it better suit their needs. All the better if it can be useful beyond just the assignment.
Internships require extra work on the part of faculty, so it is your responsibility to ensure that all milestones are met. At the beginning, propose a set of deadlines and meeting times for the entire term, and expect to carry out your work without reminders.