Internships

What is an internship?

The primary purpose of the internship course is to provide students with an opportunity to apply--in a practical setting--the expertise they have gained through previous course work. Internships provide students with a valuable opportunity to make personal contacts in the communication, media and information technology sector. Only students who meet and maintain the required qualifications, who demonstrate professional readiness (i.e., good attendance, punctuality, appropriate behaviour) and who adhere to the procedures and regulations of the program may participate. The course is also intended to help bridge the gap between graduation and full-time employment. Therefore, it is important that students acquire practical skills that will serve them well in their job search and, eventually, in the workplace.

Knowledge, maturity, and people skills are all significant by-products of the CCIT/DEM, IDM and PWC internship programs. We are working to develop more connections, especially with organizations affiliated with UTM alumni. Internships are also found through word-of-mouth and personal contacts. Students can always contact a company or organization that interests them and see if they employ interns or would consider it. In any case, finding the internship is largely up to each individual student.

CCIT, DEM, IDM & PWC Internships are based on 100-120 hours of unpaid work throughout the 12 week term.

Admission

Entry to the ICCIT Internship Program is limited and additional requirements apply, including: completion of 13.0 credits; minimum CGPA 2.5; and permission of internship coordinator.

Course Assignment Details (applicable for CCT410/411, CCT413 and WRI 410/411)

    •    Class Meetings/Workshops
    •    Learning Journals and/or Reflective Writing
    •    Oral Presentation
    •    Final Essay

Your employer will be asked to provide an evaluation of your work by completing an assessment form. The employer will be asked to assess the content of your work and your understanding of important issues, as well as your professional demeanor; reliability; cooperation, teamwork, and interpersonal skills; and ability to communicate effectively. This assessment must be received before the final grade can be submitted. Though the employer has no responsibility for the grading of the internship, his or her responses to student work provide valuable insight in the final evaluation process.  Students are also responsible for developing their own learning objectives at the beginning of the placement and submitting a final self-evaluation at the end of term.

Learning objectives

You will need to develop a set of specific objectives that list what you expect to learn from your internship experience. Your learning objectives should be measurable (you can see evidence of achieving your objective through your journal writing and accomplishments at work), they should be realistic yet challenging (you need to assess your strengths and weaknesses here) and they should help you achieve the course learning objectivesand goals

Learning journals

You will need to keep a learning journal.  This journal functions as a review and analysis of everything you accomplish during the internship. Entries must be entered chronologically noting the date and number of hours worked. The journal must be submitted mid-term for evaluation and feedback. You are expected to incorporate suggestions provided by the instructor’s feedback and demonstrate growth in your professional presentation and performance within the second part of the journal. At the end of the academic term, the Work /Learning Journal should demonstrate that you have successfully completed the required number of hours of work. If the time commitment has not been fulfilled, the final course grade will be withheld.  The internship learning journals provide an opportunity to reflect on your learning objectives and personal/professional/academic growth.

Oral Presentation

The presentations will be 7 minutes in length and focus on the scope of your internship experience. The oral presentation is an opportunity to share your experience both visually and orally and develop your skills as an ambassador for ICCIT. The presentation should address an audience of both prospective students and placement supervisors.

Final Essay

The final essay is based on a close examination of one aspect of your internship experience in relation to relevant scholarly literature. The essay is a synthesis of your ability to connect theory with practice.