Question: What do I have to do to become an intern?
Answer: 1) Sign up for EN 475 during Pre-Registration; arrange your program to have one full free day so that you can work for eight hours (two full free days for a six credit internship). If you have a car, that's great. You can work anywhere. If you don't have a car, you can take the commuter rail to Boston; there's a bus that will take you to the rail station in Brockton. Or you can carpool with someone who is working close to your internship site. In short, where there's a will, there's a way;
2) Download the Internship Application Form from the Registrar's site and compose a draft of your description of the duties and learning outcomes associated with the internship. Email your draft to the departmental internship director for editing help.
3) Be sure to submit your completed form to the Registrar's office before the end of the Add/Drop period.
Question: Can I satisfy the internship requirements for a double major in one semester?
Answer: If you have a double major, you may be able to do a six-credit internship and get credit for both subjects. Art history, political science, business, and communication majors have been particularly successful in combining their internships. Talk to each department's internship director to coordinate your requirements.
Question: How do I find an internship?
Answer: 1) Once pre-registration is over, the departmental internship director will call a general meeting of all who pre-registered for the course and will speak to all the interns as a group. She will then meet individually with you to discuss your options and to help you ascertain where you might want to apply;
2) Make an appointment with Benjamin Chalot, director of internships, in the Placement Office of Cushing-Martin who will assess your interests and give you pointers about how to use the internship website;
3) Prepare your cover letter and resume. See samples in the booklet; the departmental internship director will help you write a suitable draft; this is the most difficult part of the process;
4) Once you have your materials ready, apply widely, shoot high, give it your all and you'll land a placement that's really exciting.
Question: Can I get paid and get academic credit for my internship?
Answer: Sure, some Stonehill students have landed paying internships.
Question: What if I love my internship and want to pursue an after-college career in the field?
Answer: Many Stonehill interns have found that their internships became actual jobs. You will (by the end of the internship) have forged a solid relationship with your internship on-site supervisor. That supervisor will be more than happy to help you find a job. That's what "networking" is about.
Question: Can I get internship credit retroactively, that is, for an internship I completed last year but did not register for?
Answer: No; Stonehill needs to approve internships and review internship sites before you begin the work.
Question: What if I hate my internship?
Answer: Speak over the problems with the faculty member; talk to your "boss" at the internship site; use your imagination (and the instructor will help you there too) to urge the site director to give you more interesting work. Most internship supervisors really are interested in showing you the ropes. But, on occasion, they're too busy to plan, so you have to learn to speak up. You also need to learn (and this is true of any job) that work is work; that's why it's called work and not play.
- Daily reading of The New York Times. Each week you will be required to send me three articles from The New York Times (in hard copy or on line) related to your job with a brief (one paragraph) comment about why you selected the article. If you're reading the hard copy of the paper (preferred method), please drop your articles and commentary off with Beth Pearson who will have a folder with your name on it;
- Weekly journal (regularly sent to me by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) ;
- Report about internship (a paper written for future students who may want to work at the same site). Part of the report should contain current information about the field where you are working: information can be garnered weekly from your reading of The New York Times and field-specific journals, as well as from your own experience. The report is due at the end of the semester;
- Satisfactory work for employer;
- Participation in seminar meetings as announced;
- Punctuality in all respects;
- Satisfactory completion of sample cover letter and resume.
Students are allowed to fulfill the internship requirement over the summer. This option has the same academic requirements as an internship experience during the regular school year, but with a longer on-site work commitment.
8 hours/14 weeks - 112 hours total in order to receive 3 credits
For the summer of 2009, students have two options:
- You may register for an internship as a regular summer course, and pay full tuition. You will complete all the site work and the academic requirements during the summer and be overseen by a faculty mentor.
- You may register for the summer internship as a two-semester experience. You will complete the site work in the summer and be mentored by Career Services during that period. You will pay a $100 processing fee.
In the following fall semester, you will register again for the internship as a regular 3-credit course, in which you will complete the academic requirements under the supervision of a faculty mentor. You may take the internship as a sixth course if you meet the criteria for taking six courses.
Some sample internship sites:
- The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
- American Lung Association
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- Cornerstone Communications
- Rounder Records
- Channel 56, Channel 5, sports, Channel 22 news, WHDH, Chanel 7, WLVI TV
- Whole Person Health
- Crunch Communications
- Robert B. Mann, Attorney at Law
- Norfolk County D.A.
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Tourism Cares
- Artscope Magazine
- Brockton Enterprise
- New Bedford Police Department
- Carnegie Hall
- Addison Wesley Publishing
- Adams Media
- Arnold Worldwide Advertising
- New England Wildlife Center
- Old Colony YMCA
- Offshore Communications
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Habitat Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary
- The Boston Phoenix Boston
- Scientific Corporation
- Teen Voices Magazine
- Boston Ballet
- Association of Independent Colleges
- Harvard Common Press
- Russian American Cultural Center
- Time Magazine, Inc.
- Development, Stonehill College