The primary purpose of an internship in the School of Communications (SOC) is to provide a student with real-life work experiences related to the student's major. An internship is part of the student's total academic experience and is not a job per se; it is a learning opportunity having direct relationships to the student's program of study and career interests.
1) Internship agreements are approved by the faculty internship coordinator for your major only after your employer agrees to it. When you submit your agreement, it automatically goes to the employer; when they approve it, it automatically goes to the faculty member. When they enter a permit in Banner and approve your agreement, you automatically will get an email.
2) You must still register in Banner--the agreement approval does NOT mean you are registered.
3) There are THREE semesters in the spring and summer. "Spring" is first six weeks (May-June), "summer" is second six weeks (July-August) and 'spring/summer" is 12 weeks, May-August. The permit entered in Banner is for the SPECIFIC SECTION of 490 that matches the semester you put on your agreement and the number of credits you requested. Spring is sections 1-6, summer is sections 7-12, spring/summer is sections 13-18. The sections are for internships ranging in credits from one-six for each semester.
4) Each credit is earned by 50 hours of work in an internship.
The Internship Coordinator for Film & Video Production majors is Professor Joe McCargar.
The Career Services Office of Grand Valley State University is committed to increasing student participation in internships, practica, and co-ops. As a result, this award has been established to help off-set the costs of working in unpaid internships, for students who have demonstrated financial need.