Media Arts Internships
Frequently asked questions
What counts as possible internship experience in media arts?
Any paid or unpaid position in mass media, journalism, public relations, or media-related discipline can potentially be applied toward college credit.
Are internships required for all media arts students in order to graduate?
No. They are optional but can be used to fulfill an upper-level elective. Talk to your academic advisor about how you can most effectively apply for internship credits.
Do I have to pay for the credits?
Yes. Internship experiences replace traditional coursework, and you must pay the current per-credit-hour rate via the registration system.
How many credits can I earn?
Undergraduate students are eligible for 1-6 credit internships. Graduate students are limited to 2-3 credits. Most people take 3-credits.
How many hours do I need to work?
It depends on how many credits you want to earn. The target rate is 50 hours per credit. For example, to earn 3 credits, you should work a minimum of 10 hours per week for 15 consecutive weeks. (About 150 hours work experience). Complete requirements are listed in the MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES document above.
Who is eligible for the program?
You must be a declared media arts major with junior status or above and currently hold at least a 2.5 GPA.
How do I find an internship?
This part is up to you, it is the your responsibility to find a position. Check job listings online, reach out to people/organizations you are interested in, check LinkedIn etc. Media arts professors might also have contacts in the field. Just ask.
OK. I found a job/internship. Now what?
Before you are allowed to register, your internship must be approved by 1) The media arts program and 2) Central Michigan University’s office of Licensure, Regulatory Services & Human Capital.
1) For media arts guidelines, see the MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP GUIDELINES document linked above. To get started, submit a MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP APPLICATION, also linked above.
2) For CMU, the agency you are interning with MUST sign an Affiliation Agreement with CMU. Check if your agency already has an agreement on file in the link above. If your agency/company is not listed, the AFFILIATION AGREEMENT linked above must be in place before you can register for credit.
3) Once CMU approves the Affiliation Agreement, register and pay for BCA 529.
When do I need all this in by?
All application documents need to be on file with the internship coordinator no later than two weeks prior to starting the internship. Ideally, internships should be planned well-advanced. Materials should be in place by November 1 for the Spring semester, April 1 for the Summer session, and August 1 for the Fall semester.
I'm registered. What do I need to do to receive credit?
Keep track of your hours and complete an end-of-semester project. You can choose between a reflection essay or a professional portfolio. See the BlackBoard site for BCA 529.