AGCJ – Internships

Agricultural Communications and Journalism (AGCJ) Internship Requirements

Key Milestones:

  • Meet with your academic advisor about your internship plans.
  • Identify and arrange an internship suitable to your course of study.
  • Complete the Enrollment Request and Pre-internship Reflection Survey at least three weeks before the semester you plan to intern
  • Complete your internship and the required journal entries using the eCampus-based course materials.
  • Turn in your internship report by the end of the semester or summer session, or one week before graduating senior grades are due if you are graduating

Prerequisites

  • Have completed AGCJ 105 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor
  • Have identified and confirmed an internship or a position that will provide experience related to the communication field

Sign-up

  • Complete the “Agricultural Communication and Journalism Internship Enrollment Request Form.”
    • List your TAMU contact information
    • The firm name and location where you will intern
    • The dates of your internship
    • Your preliminary goals for the internship (what you hope to learn).
    • Complete the pre-internship information and questions at the link provided. You will not be enrolled in the internship class until these materials are completed. To insure timely enrollment, please complete these material at least one week before the semester or summer term begins.
  • An AGCJ advisor will enroll you in AGCJ 494 Internship class.

Credit Requirements and Policies

  • 200 clock hours of work equal three hours of internship credit, up to six hours of credit per semester or summer session may be earned and applied towards graduation. Internships of fewer than three hours can be arranged
  • Internship may be paid or unpaid, although we recommend arranging payment with your employer
  • AGCJ majors may count up to 6 hours of independent study (285 or 485) or internship (494) credit toward their 300- or 400-level course requirements (285/484/494 will not substitute for 312, 313, or 314). Majors may also count up to 4 hours of independent study or internship credit toward their agricultural emphasis area. No more than 10 total hours of variable credit coursework will be counted toward the 120-hour degree requirement.

Employer Requirements

  • Employers are asked to provide a letter stating their participation in the internship program.
    • The letter should state that the employer had talked with the student and has agreed to the internship terms and conditions.
    • The employer must agree to complete and return two brief evaluation forms during the internship.

Course Requirements

  • Complete the agreed upon number of clocked hours for the credit hours earned.
  • Write a journal of experiences during the internship (at least one, one-page entry per week). Guiding questions will be provided in eCampus to provide an opportunity for reflection. Suggested focal points may include describing:
    • New skills learned
    • Communication theories in action
    • Thoughts on the communication profession
    • New human relations’ skills learned in a professional setting
    • Concepts or skills that you will learn more about in coming semesters
  • Submit clippings, samples or other electronic memory device of your work (as appropriate to your internship) as part of the final internship report.
  • Write a final paper about your experience, focus on knowledge, skills, and/or abilities gained from the internship.
    • Compare your weekly experiences with your stated learning goals for the internship.
      • Is your experience congruent with your goals?
      • Why or why not?
    • Three- to five- page double spaced
    • Use sub-headings where appropriate
    • Cite references (if used) appropriate
    • Paper and work samples are due by the last day of classes for the semester or term, or one week before senior grades are due if you are graduating.

 

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