- Select an internship which would further your
knowledge and skills in aspects of oral, electronic,
and/or written communication. It is not to be
simply a job. It must employ skills and concepts
you have learned in your communication course
work. In addition, internships require that
the organization provide further supervised
training in agreed-upon communication areas.
Pick up an internship packet in CF 295 or request a packet via email from Margie.Hovde@wwu.edu. Take the Memo to Supervisor (which describes
our program) from this packet and contact the
organization and your potential supervisor.
Discuss the position and, working with that
supervisor, complete the Internship Contract.
- Complete the Internship Information Form and
schedule an appointment with the internship
advisor. Get his or her signature on the form.
Your internship advisor will enter
an override code for you. (You must then register
yourself in the course.) Return 2 copies of
the Contract and the Information Form to Margie Hovde in CF 295 who will begin an internship
file for you. When your internship setup is
completed, the department will mail evaluation
forms to your supervisor who will complete and
return them to the department office.
- You will have several things to do for the
academic portion of the internship:
- Send your internship advisor a report
biweekly (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) indicating:
- tasks completed
- evaluation of your own performance
- comments on how you could improve performance
- comments on the job situation in terms
of your understanding of organizational
- Be sure to use a header on these reports
(date, name, W# and sequence number) These
reports may be delivered to the advisor’s
mailbox, mailed, or e-mailed. Send, or cc,
a copy of each letter to the department
as directed in your packet. These copies
will be placed in your file.
- Prepare a final paper describing your
learning during the period of internship.
Include reflections on what you’ve
learned, the value of the internship on
your education and implications of internships
to the workforce.
Prepare a portfolio of your work. Keep samples from the entire period of your internship. Document all written, audio, video work with any artifacts that illustrate your work.
- If you are within 250 miles of Bellingham,
you may be required to attend 2 mandatory
internship meetings, the first in about
week five of the quarter. Be prepared to
report on your work experiences, evaluations,
and insights. In Week Ten, you will turn
in your paper, and your portfolio---even
though your internship may continue beyond
the quarter. (There may be situations where
a later turn-in will be permitted. This
should be discussed at the time the internship
is approved by your internship advisor.)
- Arrange a site visit with your on-site supervisor, your university advisor and yourself. Plan on a meeting of about 30-45 minutes. This visit should be arranged to occur between weeks 4 & 8 of the quarter for all interns within 250 miles of Bellingham.