Today is the deadline for applying for the COMM Department Remote Internship! If you do not apply today by midnight, you may not be able to take part in this remote internship. If you do apply and are assigned to a Departmental Internship, you will be permitted to change it to a different internship if you are able to secure one before the end of June. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain! Please apply today if you have not already done so!
There are two important things you need to know as of today, April 17, 2020.
- It is likely there will be NO face-to-face internships approved this summer in the IUP Communications Media Internship Program.
While there is an appeal process, it is highly unlikely that any internship within our department will meet the standard. My understanding is for face-to-face internships we can only use sites that adhere to the Centers for Disease Control safety COVID-19 guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html). Prior to embarking on these placements, students would need to determine whether the site is aware of the CDC guidelines and can document they are being followed. Even if the site signs off on these guidelines, it is not certain IUP would agree to a face-to-face internship since they would also weigh whether the work was essential and still did not, in their opinion, pose a health risk to the student. I just don’t see this happening in the next three weeks.
- The deadline for applying to the COMM Department Remote Internship; The IUP TV / FM Internship; and the CMPR Remote internship is Monday, April 20, 2020!
There are only a few days left to apply for the remote internship opportunities provided by the department. The applications are linked on the main menu above. DO NOT DELAY! If you need an internship this summer, apply as soon as possible to ensure that you will be placed and be eligible to graduate! While the department will continue to accept applications from other internship sites, even as late as June, we may not be able to continue to offer the remote internship opportunity through the department that late. For now, the deadline is MONDAY!
I will not be in the Zoom room tomorrow, April 14, 2020. You may reach me at 724-840-8295 if you have any questions. I will be happy to take your call.
If you are currently employed full time in the communications field but are also looking for an internship this summer, please contact me to discuss your situation. 724-840-8295. — Dr. Lenze
I heard today from The Washington Center. The good news is that they continue to work on making internships available to our students this summer, despite the Chancellor’s policy that only remote internships will be approved. They will be contacting students who already applied and/or were accepted this Friday. I don’t know much more than that at this point but I will contact you if I learn anything more.
I believe TWC is still accepting applications and that Pennsylvania is still providing scholarships. As always, let me know if you have any questions or I can assist you in any way.
You may have seen an earlier post advertising for interns at IUP TV and IUP FM this summer. The new policy of remote internships, of course, will change the nature of those opportunities but we are pleased to tell you that there are still internships available with IUP TV and IUP FM this summer, remotely.
For more information, follow the link below.
The Communications Media Department is now offering a remote internship this summer! This is open to anyone who meets the prerequisites and expects to graduate by May 2021. To apply, go to the following link.
If you try to meet with Dr. Lenze in his Zoom Office hours, understand that there is a waiting room. He meets with interns one at a time. Please be patient. He will get to you as soon as possible.
As you are registering for summer, let me remind you that you do not register for COMM 493 until the first week of May. I will send you your course number at that time.
At this time, you still can’t apply for the new COMM Department Remote Internship. The application will be on the COMMINTERNS website by Tuesday, April 7. Hang in there! We are working on great internship opportunities for this summer! If you are a senior, need to graduate, passed COMM 395, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, you will be able to get an internship this summer!