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What is the WRTC internship process?

WRTC internship process

What is the WRTC internship requirement?

Undergraduate students in the WRTC major must complete an internship as part of their core requirements. Upon completion of this requirement, WRTC students will earn three credits in WRTC 495.

What is the value of a WRTC internship?

The WRTC internship is designed to allow students to incorporate field experience with WRTC course work, to observe communication processes, and to apply effective written, interpersonal, and public communication skills.

What are the requirements?

In order to receive WRTC credit for an internship, students must be enrolled in WRTC 495 during the term they are interning, devote a minimum of 150 hours of work in an approved position, complete bi-weeky reports, and write a closeout report that evaluates the internship experience. The student must also request an evaluation from the internship provider. An internship may be completed during the regular academic year or during the summer term. Regular JMU registration dates and deadlines apply.

When should I start looking for an internship?

Students are eligible to apply for an internship at any time after completing WRTC 300 and 301 (and be either junior or senior status), but it's never too early to collect information about possible employers. Looking at websites and networking will help you identify opportunities. See resource links below for more information.

How do I get started finding an internship?

Students are encouraged to seek their own internship experiences in much the same way they will seek jobs after graduation. The first step is to think about what kind of experience you want to get out of an internship and where you see yourself in your career after graduation. Think big! Most companies are glad to have qualified interns. In the past, WRTC students have held internships with local, out-of-state, and international companies and organizations.

I've been offered an internship position. How do I set it up for credit?

Once an internship position has been secured, contact Cindy Allen allen2cj@jmu.edu to gain approval for the internship.

I am completing my internship in the summer. Is the cost included in my regular semester tuition?

No. When registering for a summer internship, you will be enrolling in a 3-credit summer term course. You will be billed by the University Business Office at the current summer credit hour rate.

Please note: You may not receive internship credit after the fact. Be sure to obtain approval and enroll in WRTC 495 before doing the internship.

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