Internship Handbook: Experiential Learning  . . . 

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Internship or practicum as experiential learning experiences: For undergraduate and graduate students not having work experience, or having limited experience, in professional communication environments, you complete tasks typical of those completed in such environments. 

For additional information or to arrange an internship or practicum, contact the academic supervisor: Brent Henze at, 252.328.6699, or Bate 2149. Important:  Before meeting with the academic supervisor, you should complete the student information form and, if you have found your own internship, the position description form.

This page contains an overview of an internship, followed by information about the academic requirements: Student Information   |  Position Description   |  Learning Agreement   |  Activity Log   |  Midterm Evaluation   | Final Evaluation  |  Final Report  | Portfolio


English 4890 & 4891: Practicum -- Careers in Writing [undergraduate] . . . 

In these experiential learning experiences, you learn about "careers in writing" typical of persons in "communication careers." You can earn 6 s.h. by completing both Engl 4890 and Engl 4891; however, you, as an undergraduate, normally should complete only 3 s.h., so you can complete as many different writing courses as possible. Courses may not be repeated. Both courses are available as web-based campus courses.

English 6740 & 6741: Internship in Technical & Professional Communication [graduate] . . . 

As a graduate student, if you have very little or no work experience related to a "communication career," you should complete an experiential learning experience, as described on this web page, so you can learn about tasks typical in such careers. These experiential learning courses are available as both web-based campus and online courses. You can earn 6 s.h. by completing both Engl 6740 and Engl 6741. Courses may not be repeated.

Benefits . . .

Internships provide 

Each course is 3 semester hours, including 140 hours of on-the-job work plus academic requirements. 

The Three Principal Partners . . .

The three principal partners in the internship program are you as the student intern, the field supervisor, and the academic supervisor. 

You as the student intern are responsible for 

The field supervisor is responsible for 

The academic supervisor is responsible for 

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  Student Information

The student information form provides contact and background information about you for your academic supervisor, to help match your abilities and career goals with potential internships. 

Remember that your desktop on the ECU website is a valuable source of information, such as details about  your email account and record of courses completed. 

For a completed student information form as an rtf file, click here . For a blank form as an rtf file, click here .

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  Position Description

The position description form to be completed by the field supervisor, if one is not already on file with the academic supervisor, describes the internship position, indicating academic and computer/technology skills needed or preferred. It helps both you and your academic supervisor better understand the duties and skills required for specific professional communication internships. It will also be used as reference for future positions. 

If you complete the form or help the field supervisor complete it, 

For a completed position description form as an rtf file, click here .  For a blank form as an rtf file, click here

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    Learning  Agreement

The learning agreement form serves as an unofficial "contract" agreed to and signed by all three partners involved with the internship. 

The academic supervisor can help you complete the form if needed. You should discuss the learning agreement with your field supervisor, and in some cases, you may need input from the field supervisor about items such as learning activities and work schedule. 

For a complete learning agreement form as an rtf file, click here . For a blank form as an rtf file, click here .

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  Activity Log 

The activity log documents your internship activities by containing a chronological record of your hours worked  and of all projects and accomplishments. 

Your activity log can be kept in a notebook or on disk; however, you must submit a print version of your log as part of your portfolio. You may create your own format as long as you include all the necessary information. 

For a completed activity log as an rtf file, click here . For a blank log as an rtf file, click here

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  Midterm Evaluation 

The midterm evaluation (after 70 hours) allows the field supervisor to point out your strengths and weaknesses. Use this evaluation to know what your should continue doing (strengths) and what you should work to improve (weaknesses) during the last half of the internship. 

The field supervisor must evaluate you honestly and should discuss the evaluation with you before submitting it to the academic supervisor. The academic supervisor should then discuss the evaluation with you. All partners should have copies of the evaluation for their record. 

For a completed midterm evaluation form as an rtf file, click here . For a blank form as an rtf file, click here

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  Final Evaluation

The final evaluation (after 140 hours) allows the field supervisor to evaluate you in terms of your overall performance. 

The field supervisor should discuss this final evaluation with you in your last meeting, and then the academic supervisor should discuss it with you. All partners should have copies for their records. 

For a completed final evaluation form as an rtf file, click here . For a blank form as an rtf file, click here

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  Final Report

The final report (typed) discusses your internship experience, providing all the information requested. Be honest and informative. Include it in the front of your portfolio. Discuss any questions about length or format with your academic supervisor. To access an outline of information to be included in this report, click here .

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Submitted at the end your your internship, the portfolio contains samples (drafts and final versions if available) of projects prepared or descriptions of projects for which you cannot provide samples. Discuss your portfolio with your academic supervisor if you are not sure how to prepare a portfolio. 

[Also for information about portfolios for job interviews, including cover pages for projects, see ]

The portfolio should include 

To access a portfolio checklist to ensure that you submit all items required, click here .

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