Last Post for Summer 2020 Interns

This will be the final post (probably) for Summer 2020 interns from Dr. Lenze the COMMINTERNS website.

The COMMINTERNS site will be changing significantly in the next few weeks as I prepare to teach COMM 395 in the fall. Hopefully, the next crop of summer interns will not face the incredible challenges that you so bravely overcame! You should be proud of yourselves for what you’ve accomplished in the middle of a world-wide pandemic!

Graduates, stay in touch! I’m here to help you succeed in your new career! To those who are returning in the fall, be sure to let me know how things went with your internship! I will be removing your subscriptions to the COMMINTERNS site. In the event that you fail COMM 493, please resubscribe as soon as possible so you do not miss out on any information for next summer.

To those who were not able to secure an internship this summer, please stay subscribed and look for new posts on the 2021 Summer Internship Program.

One last thing. There is a rumor circulating that we will be offering Fall or Spring internships due to the pandemic. That is false! The IUP Communications Media Internship Program remains SUMMERS ONLY! If you require additional time to complete your Summer 2020 internship, even into the fall, you should request an extension from your faculty advisor.

From here on, you should deal solely with your faculty advisor for any course issues related to COMM 493. That said, I am still around and you have my email and phone number. Call me if you need me. It has been a privilege to serve as your Internship Coordinator!

— Dr. Lenze

Deadline for Changing Internships June 15

Please be aware that, as I have posted repeatedly, the deadline for submitting the Remote Exemption Proposal is June 15th, this coming Monday. Additionally, if you are on a COMM Remote Internship and wish to change to another site, I will need the signed Site Offer Form and Step 6 Application. All of this is due by Monday.
I sent all of this information, including links and attachments, last Tuesday but I have still not received any paperwork from you. Please let me know if you need any assistance.
Remote Exemption
Remote Site Offer Form
Face to Face Site Offer Form (Only if you seek and receive an exemption to the Remote Internship Policy)
Step 6 Application

Remote Internship Exemption

You may now apply for an exemption that will allow you, if approved, to complete your internship in a face-to-face environment. You will find the form and instructions at the following link.

Remote Internship Exemption Application

Submitting the application, along with supporting documentation, does not guarantee approval. The biggest hurdle will be documenting that your internship is essential under Governor Wolf’s guidelines. If you have any questions, call Dr. Lenze. He is available to help you through the process. You must file your application by no later than June 15th, 2020.

Remote Internship Application Form

You may have seen that we have added a form for applying for an exemption to the remote internship policy, but it is password protected. The form has not been approved by the university and so it is NOT available at this time. I will keep you posted. The process is not easy and requires a lot of documentation so please do not get overly excited about it. Again, I will keep you posted. You may call me with questions.

Summer 2020 Internships are Underway!

Congratulations to this year’s group of interns! Summer 2020 is off to an amazing start! For those in the COMM Department Remote Internship Program, you have the option of switching to an external internship so long as you complete the paperwork before June 15th. Dr. Lenze is standing by to help you! Don’t hesitate to reach out!

For all Summer 2020 interns, your faculty supervisor is now your primary contact for the internship. Talk to them first about any problems or concerns. If you feel Dr. Lenze can help, give him a call or send him an email but he will ask if you have spoken to your faculty supervisor first.

For those looking for an internship in Summer 2021, subscribe to this website and stay tuned. We’ll be updating the calendar and forms in August. Have a great summer!

Internship Hours Requirement

I need to reiterate, YOU MAY NOT WORK ON SITE this summer. Any hours completed on-site will NOT COUNT toward your 360 hours needed to complete the internship! Working on-site will jeopardize your COMM 493 grade and even your graduation! DO NOT WORK ON-SITE this summer! If it is discovered you are working on-site, your faculty supervisor will take immediate action and may, if necessary, fail you for the course for violating this policy. Please take this very seriously. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Lenze immediately!

Almost there!

We will be preparing sections for COMM 493 today. You should receive registration information this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Do not delay! Once you receive the registration information, register as soon as possible. If you have a hold on your records, now is the time to get it off! You will not be able to start your internship until you register so it is very important that you do so as quickly as possible. Call me with any questions! 724-840-8295. You may call Monday through Friday between 9 am and 7 pm.

External Remote Internship

This opportunity is available to all Communications Media interns who already signed up for the COMM Department Remote Internship. You would transfer from working for a Communications Media Faculty member to working for this organization.

Faculty supervisor for both:   Dr. Aleea Perry, aperry@iup.edu, cell: 317-908-9868

Potential Internship 1: IUP Dressed for Work Closet Promotional Intern

Job Description: The intern for this position would brainstorm, develop, create, and disseminate promotional materials for the IUP Dressed for Work Clothes Closet (Closet), a new resource for students in need of workwear. Intern would develop and design promotional materials for digital media, print media, promotional flyers, and email distribution. Flyers would have two distinct messages: 1) encourage donations to the closet from IUP faculty, staff, and administration; and 2) encourage use by students needing appropriate workwear for internships, job interviews, and future careers.

Deliverables:

  • Weekly Zoom meeting with faculty supervisor to discuss current projects.
  • Weekly email to faculty supervisor and Comm Media faculty on progress in internship and accomplishments.
  • Digital media materials (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc) designed to encourage students to utilize the Closet.
  • Digital media materials (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc) designed to encourage donations from faculty, staff, and administrators to the Closet
  • Promotional flyers designed to encourage donations
  • Promotional flyers designed to entice students to visit the Closet.
  • Print media write-ups for submission to the Penn and other print media to encourage donations and use of the closet.
  • Progressive email campaign designed to develop, encourage, and maintain an ongoing donation-pool from faculty, staff, and administrators to the Closet.
  • Other materials as requested/appropriate to donation and use campaigns.

Expected timeframe: Summer 2020

Potential Internship #2: Adult Learner Outreach Promotional Intern

Job Description: The intern for this position would work with faculty supervisor and members of the Adult Learner Outreach team to develop promotional materials designed to encourage adult learners from a six-county area (Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson, Westmoreland) to seek admission to IUP for the purpose of starting or finishing their bachelors’ degrees. Intern would use demographic data provided by the faculty supervisor to tailor the message(s) appropriately to the various targeted potential students.

Deliverables:

  • Weekly Zoom meeting with faculty supervisor to discuss current projects.
  • As-scheduled Zoom meeting with Adult Learner Outreach Team to discuss progress on project(s) assigned.
  • Weekly email to faculty supervisor and Comm Media faculty on progress in internship and accomplishments.
  • Digital media materials (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn) designed to encourage adult learners to seek out information on programs at IUP.
  • Digital media materials designed to encourage adult learners to enroll in programs at IUP.
  • Promotional flyers designed to share information about IUP programs to adult learners (inclusion of QR code on flyers)
  • Promotional flyers designed to encourage enrollment by adult learners in IUP programs (QR code on flyers)
  • Print media write-ups designed for placement in or pick-up by print media in six county area.
  • Digital and on-air media write-ups designed for placement in or pick-up by digital and on-air media in six county area.
  • Progressive email campaign designed to share information about IUP programs, encourage enrollment in IUP programs, and provide outreach to adult learner population about programming/resources designed for their unique needs.
  • Other materials as appropriate or needed to share information or encourage enrollment of adult learners.

Expected Timeframe: Summer 2020 (could go into Fall 2020 if you needed another internship)

Still Time to Get an Internship!

You still have time to get a guaranteed internship for the summer 2020! Apply for the COMM Department Remote Internship by May 1st and so long as you passed COMM 395 and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher you will be assigned an internship. You will also have the option of converting it to an external internship so long as you complete the paperwork by June 15th. Call Dr. Lenze with any questions – 724-840-8295 – between 9 am and 7 pm Monday through Friday.

New Remote COMM Department Internship

Deadline for COMM Department Remote Internship Extended

The deadline for applying for the COMM Department Remote Internship has passed. After consulting with the department,  we have decided to reopen the application for ONE WEEK MORE! The new deadline for applying is May 1st at 11:59 pm.  Please look at the Calendar to see other revised deadlines.

Remember, if you have a COMM Department Remote Internship and you are later offered an external internship (through June, 2020), you will be permitted to switch to the external internship.

COMM Department Remote Internship