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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Internships

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/techcomm/faq.html

Internship Forms

The following internship documents are available as Acrobat [pdf], Word [doc], or Excel (xls) files:

  • Internship Contract
    Before registering for internship credits, you must submit a completed internship contract [[PDF] pdf (427 KiB)] to your faculty advisor. The contract identifies the employer, site supervisor, and internship (faculty) advisor and identifies the intern's principle responsibilities to the employer and to the internship advisor.
  • Internship Timesheet
    During your internship, record the time spent on your various internship tasks. Append your internship timesheet [xls] to progress reports and to your internship narrative.
  • Internship Narrative
    At the conclusion of your internship, submit an internship narrative [[PDF] pdf (67 KiB)] [[DOC] doc (35 KiB)] and supporting documents to your internship advisor.
  • Internship Evaluation
    The site supervisor completes and signs the internship evaluation form [[PDF] pdf (494 KiB)] [doc] and mails the form directly to the intern's internship advisor.

Internship FAQ

If I have industry experience in technical communication, must I complete an internship?

If you have industry experience in technical communication, you may petition to substitute three 600-level elective credits in technical communication for the Internship (Eng 698) requirement. For information about the petition process, consult with your advisor or the program director.

How many hours of work equal how many internship credits?

The rule of thumb is that for each credit you should plan to spend 3 hours of work weekly, typically one hour in class and two hours out class. Consequently, over the course of a 15-week semester, you should expect to spend about 45 hours (1 x 3 x 15) of work (in or out of class) per credit.

In other words, for a 3-credit internship you should expect to spend a total of 135 hours working on appropriate tasks on the job or researching and reading on your own time.

Your internship (faculty) supervisor will help you determine the appropriate credit hours for your internship based upon your internship duties and research and reporting responsibilities.

How do I choose an advisor for my internship?

You may ask any technical communication faculty member to supervise your internship; however, typically faculty supervise only those interns who are focusing their research and training within the faculty member's areas of expertise.

Who arranges internships?

You are responsible for locating and arranging your internship though faculty will assist you by suggesting promising leads, passing along advertised openings, or providing recommendations.

May I complete more than one internship?

You may complete multiple internships; however, a maximum of 6 credits of Internship (Eng 498 or 698) count toward the BS or the MA degrees.

May I delay signing up for the internship credits until some time after I've completed the internship duties?

No, you must register for internship credits during the time you are interning; however, internship duties (research & writing) may extend beyond the time of your employment or work at a particular site.

Whom do I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact your advisor.