Electronic Media and Film has a very active internship program. Internships afford students the opportunity for professional experiences and networking, and are viewed as an integral part of the Electronic Media and Film major.
Our majors have served as interns with local and national organizations including: CNN, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, network television stations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Hollywood feature films, Hearst radio stations such as WBAL, 98 Rock, and Viacom, Maryland Film Commission, American Film Institute, Maryland Public Television, BET and Warner Brothers. Our students have also been media interns for both the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles as well as TU Athletics.
Your internship has relatively little merit unless you are able to express its impact on your academic and career choices. These written requirements combined with the required forms serve this purpose. Below are the guidelines for EMF Internships.
Who is eligible for an EMF Internship?
Full EMF Majors with at least 60 credits completed (Junior status).
Completion of courses related to the area of internship concentration:
EMF 140 and EMF 222 prior to any video or television placement
EMF 221 and EMF 222 prior to any film placement
EMF 140 and EMF 265 prior to any radio placement
Cumulative GPA requirement: 2.75 overall; 3.00 in the major. Waivers are considered by the department.
What are the steps to FIND and REGISTER for an EMF Internship?
Find an Internship that will work with your schedule – preferably the semester before you plan to Intern. The EMF Listserv is our primary resource – but you can find an Internship on your own or through the Career Center as well.
Ask any full-time EMF faculty member to be your Internship Sponsor. This will be the faculty member’s EMF 460 section you’ll register for, and the main EMF contact you report to, hand your forms into, and meet with several times during the semester. Remember that each faculty member is limited to how many Internships they can sponsor.
What are the steps and forms needed to get credit for an EMF Internship?
To start an Internship for credit, you’ll need to fill out and have your Faculty Internship Sponsor approve the first two forms: Internship Registration Form AND the Learning Plan.
The other required forms due at the end of the Internship are: Work Log, Mid-Semester Evaluation of Intern by Supervisor, End of Semester Evaluation of Intern by Supervisor, and End of Semester Evaluation by Intern.
What are the written papers needed to get credit for an EMF Internship?
JOURNAL REPORT (to be combined with Work Log form) – Used to record your expectations and establish a format for ongoing observations; ultimately provides the background for your reflective report. The introduction to the log will consist of a copy of the student’s expectations (to be discussed during the initial meeting with the faculty coordinator). The student should next list the dates and the total number of hours worked and any salary or other compensation (stipend, fee, parking, etc...). The greater portion of the Journal report will consist of the student’s ongoing observations about work tasks and the work environment. The student should particularly note opportunities to apply theory or procedures learned in the classroom to job tasks.
REFLECTIVE REPORT – Provides the means for you to reflect upon your work experience and assess its relevance, the learning process, and the knowledge or skills that you gain. The reflective report shall describe the student’s perceptions of the organization and the work environment. In the report, the student will:
describe a “typical” day or the tasks in which the student is involved;
relate duties performed to prior courses, both in the major and in liberal arts (be specific);
describe new knowledge gained or skills learned;
explain the portions of the work experience that were most and least valuable;
relate the total internship experience to the career decision process. The student will address the expectations established in the introduction to the log and describe any aspects of the internship or co-op that could be improved.
include a copy or sample of any materials prepared by the student on the job (video or audio programs, letters, budgets, questionnaires, tapes, articles, press releases, etc...).
NOTE: Confidential material should NOT be included.
LETTER – Each intern will write a letter to future students who may be considering the same position. The letter is a dialogue between you and future students and provides a resource to students who may consider this same work experience in the future. In this letter, the intern will indicate:
courses need and level of understanding required prior to applying for the position;
type of company;
how the intern “fits into the scheme of things.”
Although your work experience and performance comprise the major portion of your grade, the written requirements are given significant consideration. Written assignments will be graded on content, unity, and literacy.
The total report should be turned in to your Faculty Internship Sponsor by the due date established at your first meeting.
How is an EMF Internship graded and credits calculated?
Your internship experience is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. It will appear on your transcript as EMF 460: INTERNSHIP. The formula for academic credit is 40 hours over the course of the entire semester = 1 unit. A typical Internship of one-8 hour day per week over a fifteen week semester = 3 units.
If you have any questions about any parts of the written requirements, contact your Faculty Internship Sponsor.
For additional information, contact EMF Internship Coordinator Dr. Dave Reiss.
Department of Electronic Media and Film
Media Center, Room 212 (map)