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Internship Application Form

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Claire Kita

This summer I interned for Rodale Inc., a health and wellness publishing company based in New York City and Emmaus, PA. Rodale magazines include Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention and Runner's World. These titles are popular not only in the US, but many countries around the world as well. As an intern for the Rodale International department, I assisted the staff with a variety of editorial and sales/marketing tasks. My projects included everything from editing the translated text of a Men's Health Germany publication to collecting research for Prevention Australia. I also completed a thorough advertisement analysis for Women's Health Brazil and gathered data for a global media kit. These interesting and challenging assignments allowed me to gain experience that is relevant to a number of careers in publishing. Not to mention, I got to travel the world without ever leaving my desk!


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, and complete bi-monthly reports, a closeout report and an evaluation of 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.

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, make an appointment with the internship coordinator, Cindy Allen allen2cj@jmu.edu , to gain approval for the internship.

Summary of WRTC Internship Requirements
Please note that you may not receive internship credit after the fact, so be sure to obtain approval and enroll in WRTC 495 before doing the internship.

WRTC Internship Coordinator
Cindy Allen (allen2cj@jmu.edu).