Spring 2011           Dr. Janellen Hill      303-458-4969            jhill@regis.edu

Web address:  academic.regis.edu/jhill/

Office Hours:  Thursdays from 3:15-5:00 p.m.; Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Course Description:  Involves placement in industry, government, organization or agency for applied learning.  Internship enrollment is restricted to advanced communication students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.  There are no GPA restrictions on a Practicum.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, each of you should be capable of:

1.         Understanding the function of the workplace and industry where you intern.                                                                

2.         Identifying the roles and responsibilities of various personnel.

3.         Evaluating industry practices.

4.         Melding traditional classroom knowledge with experiential training.

5.         Practicing skills for the development of effective work practices.


Course Requirements:

1.    Learning Plan. 

2.    Journals.  Each student will record entries regarding their field experiences into a journal.  All details of each work day’s activities for a 3-week period should be included.  Notes can be kept about problems with supervisors or interactions with other personnel. Feel free to reflect on the work tasks and environment. Journals will be collected twice during the semester.  Journal logging periods are February 7-21 and from March 21 to April 4.

3.    Internship/Practicum Evaluation.   

·         Identify your original goals and objectives.  Assess your progress in a tangible way.  How did you measure your progress?    

·         Evaluate your own performance and experience in this field placement.  What lessons have you learned?  How has your experience affected your career goals?    

·         Describe the work site.  Discuss the supervision, structure, communication systems, level of responsibility you were assigned and other features related to the working environment.   

·         Explain whether or not you would recommend this internship/practicum to other students.  Cite specific reasons for your recommendation.

4.    Attendance.  You are expected to attend all group meetings.  And, of course, you are expected to regularly meet your field hours.  A minimum of 120 hours over the semester is required.


Course Evaluation:

Your course grade will be based on the following:

Learning Plan                                      10%

Journal Entries                                    30%

Internship Self Evaluation                   25%

Attendance at group meetings          10%

Field Supervisor Evaluation                25%


Grades will be assigned as follows:

100 - 90 points ..........A

             89 - 80 points ...........B

             79 - 70 points ...........C

             69 - 60 points ...........D

Below 60 points ........Not Passing


Meeting and Due Dates: 


January 25 Meeting

Orientation: Where are you?  What do you expect? How to get off on your best foot!  We will discuss ways to get the most out of your internships—as well as the “dos and don’ts” we’ve learned through years of experience!  


Learning Plan Due February 1


Begin Journaling February 7 for 2 weeks


March 1 Meeting

We’ll talk about your experiences, concerns, highs/lows so far.

Networking through your internship.

Journals Due March 1


Begin 2nd cycle of Journaling March 21 for 2 weeks


April 12 Meeting

Translating your experience to identifiable professional skills.  Resume development.

Journals Due April 12


Final Evaluations due May 3