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Internships

Nothing looks better on a Department of Strategic Communication graduate’s résumé than professional work experience.

That’s why we encourage our students to invest their time and energy in at least one professional internship before graduation. And that is also why we are so grateful to the professionals who share their workplaces and wisdom with our majors, giving them a quality learning experience that complements our curriculum.

Internships are invaluable and academic credit is available for those who qualify.

Where have our students interned?

Here are a few of the companies that have hosted our students:

  • American Airlines
  • American Cutting Horse Association
  • Anchor Marketing and Design
  • Clear Channel Communications
  • Consuro Managed Technology
  • Cook Children’s
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Fort Worth Brahmas Hockey Team
  • Fort Worth International Center
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • iNSPIRE! Advertising
  • KISS-FM
  • KXAS-TV
  • Lafayette148 New York
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Los Angeles Kings and Galaxy
  • Moroch
  • Pavlov Advertising
  • Pier One
  • RadioShack, Inc.
  • Saatchi and Saatchi PR, Tokyo
  • Simpli.fi
  • Southwest Airlines
  • The Stars Hockey Team
  • TracyLocke
  • Texas Rangers Baseball Club
  • TM Advertising
  • United States Navy
  • Witherspoon Advertising/Public Relations

Career Services Summer Internship Scholarships

Career Services has a program for students planning to accept an unpaid or low paying (less than $1,000) summer internships. The program provides scholarships to assist with expenses and help support student’s efforts in career preparation. Interested students should make application through FrogJobs: https://careers.tcu.edu/gaining-experience.html. Scholarships will be awarded by an Advisory Council established for this purpose. For more information contact Susan Sledge, susan.sledge@tcu.edu, 817-257-5637.

For students: What you need to know about internships

Credit vs. Non-credit Internships

Credit internships are administered by the internship director and require each student to submit work logs, essays, supervisor evaluations, and a portfolio. Students must be enrolled in STCO 48300 in the semester of their internship, and they will receive a grade and academic credit at the end of the term (a student must meet the prerequisites for STCO 48300 in order to enroll).

Internships for credit must be approved in advance by the internship director.

Non-credit Internships have no restrictions and no TCU requirements. They are part-time paid or unpaid positions that students take simply to gain valuable professional experience and build their resumes.

Prerequisites for STCO 48300 (for-credit internships)

  1. The student must be a Strategic Communication major.
  2. The student must have completed 60 University credit hours.
  3. The student must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.5 in the major.
  4. The student must have completed the STCO Gateway courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for those 12 hours.
  5. The student must have completed two additional skills courses in STCO or a related area of study with a “C” grade or better.

Requirements for Internship Credit (STCO 48300)

  1. The student must be enrolled in STCO 48300 during the same term in which the internship is being completed.
  2. The student must complete a minimum of 75 hours in the approved internship per hour of academic credit to be earned up to a maximum of three hours in a semester. A total of six hours may be earned as Strategic Communication electives.
  3. The student must be evaluated by their supervisor at midterm and the end of the semester.
  4. In addition to the work duties required by the intern’s supervisor, students must complete two essays and submit an internship portfolio, including:
    1. A description of the organization in which the internship was completed.
    2. A description of responsibilities and duties performed.
    3. Samples of work with clear explanations of the student’s role in producing the item. (Where no samples can be provided, an essay describing the work experience and projects in detail may be submitted, as approved by the internship director.)
    4. Time/Work Logs (signed by the supervisor) on which the student has recorded hours worked and work performed each day.

Final grades for the internship course are based on:

  • Supervisor evaluations: 50%
  • Quality, thoroughness, professionalism, and organization of portfolio: 20%
  • Two essays: 20%
  • Internship director’s evaluation of the student’s professionalism in completing course requirements as directed, in communication, making deadlines and in conduct: 10%

Internship Step by Step

For students seeking academic credit for an internship, here is the process for starting and successfully completing your internship in STCO 48300.

  1. Meet the prerequisites for enrolling in STCO 48300.
  2. Find an internship.
    Students are responsible for finding their own internships. The Department of Strategic Communication refers all host companies to register with TCU Career Services and post their internships opportunities with FrogJobs. Students can also get help finding internships from the internship director.
  3. Have your supervisor/employer sign the Internship Agreement Form (which can be downloaded from this website) and return it to the internship director.
  4. Get your internship approved.
    1. Internships must be approved in advance by the internship director.
    2. If the student meets all the course requirements and the host company either has a record of successful internships or has been thoroughly vetted by the internship director, approval is granted and an enrollment permit is requested.
  5. Enroll in STCO 48300 before you start your internship work.
    1. Once students receive the enrollment permit they should enroll immediately and must select the number of hours they want to earn at this time: one hour academic credit for every 75 hours worked, up to three hours a semester. STUDENTS CANNOT CHANGE CREDIT HOURS TO BE EARNED ONCE THE SEMESTER BEGINS.
    2. Students must be enrolled in STCO 48300 at the same time they are completing the internship work.
  6. Keep a detailed work log during your internship.
    1. Students will record their hours worked and descriptions of the work they do each day at the internship. This log will be signed by the supervisor, and it will be turned in at the end of the semester.
    2. The work log has been created as an Excel spreadsheet that can be kept on your computer or a PDF that can be printed and kept by hand. Either can be downloaded from this website. Use the form that works best for you.
    3. The work log will be submitted as part of the final internship portfolio.
  7. Have your supervisor fill out an Intern Evaluation Form twice during the term and return it to the internship director.
    1. Give a copy of the evaluation form to your supervisor at the start of the term so he/she will know how you will be graded. You are responsible for making sure that your supervisor completes an evaluation for you once at mid-term and once at the end of the semester.
  8. Complete at least 75 hours of logged work in your internship for each one academic credit hour you want to earn, up to a three-hour total. Students who do not complete all 75 hours for each hour enrolled will not pass the internship class, will not receive credit and will receive an “F”.
  9. Prepare a portfolio that reflects the work you completed during your internship and that can be shown to prospective employers in an interview in the future.
    1. Portfolios will be different for each student depending on the kind of work completed during the internship. All portfolios include:
      1. A description of the employer’s company/organization.
      2. A description of the student’s role in the company as an intern, and the work done.
      3. Samples of work (Clippings, photos, publications, ads, brochures, and screen captures, etc.) with a description of what the student did specifically in the production of each sample. (Where no samples can be provided, an essay describing the work experience and projects in detail may be submitted, as approved by the internship director.)
      4. The student’s work log, signed by the supervisor.
  10. Turn in the portfolio and work log at the end of the term for a grade and credit.

Student grades are based on:

  • Supervisor evaluations: 50%
  • Quality, thoroughness, professionalism, and organization of portfolio: 20%
  • Two essays: 20%
  • Internship director’s evaluation of the student’s professionalism in completing course requirements as directed, in communication, making deadlines and in conduct: 10%

If you have any questions about the Department of Strategic Communication internships please contact:

Broc Sears
Internship Director
Department of Strategic Communication
TCU Box 298065
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Office: 817.257.5052
School: 817.257.6156
Fax: 817.257.7322
Email: b.sears@tcu.edu

For employers: What you need to know about internships

Supervising TCU Interns

Thank you for your interest in helping TCU students gain valuable skills and experience through an internship at your organization.

If one of our students is seeking academic credit for an internship (whether paid or unpaid), we require that the student complete a few requirements in addition to the work they do on the job.

We also ask that employers/supervisors of our credit-seeking interns participate in our internship program by providing the student on-the-job support and supervision and providing us with information about the student’s work.

Employers/Supervisors of students in for-credit internships (paid or unpaid) will sign an agreement with the TCU Department of Strategic Communication, agreeing to fulfill the requirements below so that the student can have a beneficial learning experience and obtain academic credit.

  • Employers/Supervisors will assign a specific staff member (or members) to direct the student’s internship and to prepare evaluations of the student’s performance.
  • Employers/Supervisors will provide facilities, supplies, space and support, within its capabilities, necessary to the student’s effective performance.
  • Employers/Supervisors will provide at least 75 hours of work responsibilities relevant to the professional and intellectual development of the student in his/her field for each hour of credit the student intends to earn, up to 3 hours a semester.
  • Communicate with the School’s internship director about any concerns related to the internship or the intern’s performance during the term.

A PDF or MS Word copy of the Internship Agreement Form and Intern Evaluation Form can be downloaded from this website.

If you have any questions about the Department of Strategic Communication internships please contact:

Broc Sears
Internship Director
Department of Strategic Communication
TCU Box 298065
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Office: 817.257.5052
School: 817.257.6156
Fax: 817.257.7322
Email: b.sears@tcu.edu

 

Click here to download:

Work log (.pdf)

Agreement Form (.pdf)