Internships and Career Services

Spring 2020 Internships

Students participating in spring 2020 for-credit internshipis (COMM 495):

Per President Barron’s directive to move all Penn State classes to remote/virtual learning for the rest of the spring semester, we acknowledge this has shortened many for-credit internships. We have developed the following measures that we believe are fair and equitable in order to allow you the opportunity to receive academic credit for your Spring 2020 internship experience.

If you have already completed the college’s normal hourly requirements (1 credit = 67 hours, 2 credits= 134 hours, 3 credits = 201 hours), you simply need to follow the normal internship for-credit guidelines established at the beginning of the semester. This includes submitting the remainder of your assignments according to the original course timeline.

If you have not completed the normal COMM 495 hourly requirements, you need to select ONE of the following options if you wish to receive academic credit for your Spring 2020 internship.

Please reply to Julie Miller at jlm156@psu.edu with which option you wish to pursue by Friday, April 10 (Please be clear on which option you are choosing-- Option 1, Option 2 or Option 3).

OPTION 1
You may end your for-credit internship at the current accumulated hours. We will allow you to receive your registered amount of credits as long as your current hourly total is 50% or more of your original hourly requirements (1-credit= 33 hours, 2-credits=66 hours, 3-credits=99 hours). If you select this option with these minimum required hours, you are required to provide 3 of the 6 following projects in addition to the normal internship requirements (weekly journals, final paper, mid-term evaluation, supervisor’s final evaluation, etc.).

  • Resume
  • 3 references
  • 3 future internships or jobs of interest
  • Contacts at the 3 internship/job opportunities of interest
  • Letter of recommendation from someone other than the student’s current intern supervisor
  • Link to an e-portfolio (Weebly, Wix, Wordpress). Does not have to be comprehensive, just a start.

OPTION 2
You may continue your for-credit internship working remotely to accumulate hours to get to the 50% minimum requirements. We will allow you to receive your registered amount of credits as long as you complete 50% or more of your original hourly requirements (1-credit= 33 hours, 2-credits=66 hours, 3-credits=99 hours). If you select this option with these minimum required hours, you are required to provide 3 of the 6 following projects in addition to the normal internship requirements (weekly journals, final paper, mid-term evaluation, supervisor’s final evaluation, etc.).

  • Resume
  • 3 references
  • 3 future internships or jobs of interest
  • Contacts at the 3 internship/job opportunities of interest
  • Letter of recommendation from someone other than the student’s current intern supervisor
  • Link to an e-portfolio (Weebly, Wix, Wordpress). Does not have to be comprehensive, just a start.

OPTION 3
You may continue your internship virtually through projects and daily/weekly internship experience. You must complete the required hours we originally shared when we went to on-line learning (1-credit=50 hours, 2-credits=100 hours, 3-credits=150 hours). Your virtual hours can be combined with hours you previously completed in-person prior to going to on-line learning. If you choose this option, you do NOT need to complete 3 of the 6 projects listed above.

If you are unable to meet the requirements of any one of the above listed options for your registered amount of credits, you must drop to the next level of lower credit. If you cannot meet the minimum requirement for one-credit of internship, you must drop the internship course. 

Seniors graduating in May 2020 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions regarding these new amendments, please contact us at 814-865-4349.