Q: How many credits can I earn for my internship?
- A: The typical upper-division music internship is planned for three (3) hours credit.¬† This is based on 120-150 contact hours per semester.¬† You may, however, arrange an internship on the following schedule:¬† 80-100 contact hours = 2 hours credit; 40-50 contact hours=1 hour credit.
Q: How do I get a specific internship assignment?
- A: Obtaining individual internship assignments is a joint student/faculty Internship Supervisor responsibility.¬† Applying for an internship does not guarantee acceptance.¬† The Internship Supervisor will assist in attempting to make arrangements for an internship.¬† Following initial discussions with a music faculty member, you should make a formal written application to the faculty member, who will become your faculty Internship Supervisor, and to the department chair.¬† You must be qualified for the assignment, be interviewed, and maintain satisfactory academic standing.
Q: Can two or more students be involved in the same internship opportunity simultaneously?
- A: No.¬† Internships are focused individual learning opportunities with an emphasis on a quality mentor/student relationship to create and foster a hands-on experience in a regular workplace where co workers are full-time employees.¬† It is acceptable for a participating organization to sponsor more than one internship at the same time providing the internships represent different assignments.
Q: How long does an internship last?
- A: The internship runs concurrently with the Georgetown College academic year, which includes Fall and Spring 15-week semesters.
Q: Can a summer job be considered for an internship?
- A: Yes, if pre-approved by the faculty Internship Supervisor and Department Chair.¬† It should be noted that the Internship Program is an academic learning experience, and not a part-time job.¬† Jobs typically focus on one task under the immediate supervision of a manager.¬† Internships require a company mentor.¬† Regular meetings with the mentor and faculty supervisor (independently), and an all-encompassing or cross-functional learning experience that must be summarized in a final report.
Q: Can a student be compensated for an internship program?
- A: Compensation is not a part of the Music Internship Program and Georgetown College neither encourages not discourages compensation.¬† Many organizations require compensation for on-site interns as a matter of company practice.¬† Students are required to commute to their internship location at their own expense.¬† They should discuss with their mentor possible reimbursement for exceptional expenses required during the course of the internship.¬† Organizations may also, at their option, make contributions in cash or in kind to the Georgetown College general scholarship fund for any value received from a student project.¬† It is recognized that participating as a sponsoring organization is de facto a significant company contribution.
Q: How are the time commitments for the internship computed?
- A: The three-hour internship program carries a similar workload to any other three-hour course at Georgetown College. Students must keep an Internship Project Notebook where they are to record their project time hours.¬† The final term paper is a mandatory part of the internship program and should be approximately ten or more pages, plus attachments.
Q: How are grades computed?
- A: Each internship project will vary, depending upon the nature of the assignment.¬† In all cases, the method of grade computation should be agreed upon prior to the internship by the student, Faculty Internship Supervisor and Mentor.¬† Students are required to define goals and objectives (in the recommended format), and grading will be assessed in relation to these.¬† Students must take the initiative in determining their final grade by first completing their self-assessments (Appendix) and forwarding this to their program mentor, who will forward it to the faculty Internship Supervisor.¬† As a general guideline, the final report will count from 30-50% of the final grade, as will the joint student/mentor/faculty supervisor Intern Evaluation Form.¬† The daily logs and monthly progress reports will count 10-20%, and student punctuality, commitment and enthusiasm for another 10-20%.
Q: If my internship is out of the immediate Georgetown College area, how can I accomplish the requirement for regular reviews with the faculty Supervisor?
- A: Copies of the internship progress reports may be mailed to the faculty Supervisor, with the originals maintained in the Internship Notebook for future review.
Q: Will my internship mentor and organization supervisor be the same person?
- A: Generally, yes, although this is not a requirement.¬† Larger organizations may split this responsibility.: If my mentor is very busy and frequently unavailable because of travel or other commitments, how can I meet the requirement for frequent reviews with my mentor?
Q: If my mentor is very busy and frequently unavailable because of travel or other commitments, how can I meet the requirement for frequent reviews with my mentor?
- A: It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the mentor.¬† It is likely that your mentor will not always be available.¬† The recommended weekly meeting need not always be in person.¬† Written progress reports may be submitted.¬† The initiative and confidence that the student shows in working this out should be considered and can be assessed as a part of the grade.
Q: Can a student participate in the program without receiving academic unit credits?
- A In all cases, students must participate in the full Music Internship Program, including all reports and final grading.¬† The internship is a course and cannot be audited, and withdrawals will only be considered under highly unusual circumstances.¬† In order to receive academic credit that counts toward graduation requirements, students must be enrolled as full-time students.
Q: What is required for keeping daily logs?
- A: At a minimum, students must organize a calendar of on-site contact hours with the participating organization.¬† Students should note who they are working with, and where.¬† These logs will be reviewed by all participants in ensure that schedules are understood and adhered to as planned.¬† Detailed observations and notes should be kept in the notebook.
Q: Can a student receive academic credit without pre-registering and pre-approval by the faculty Internship Supervisor and department chair?
Q: Can a student drop or withdraw from an internship once it has started?
- A: This is very strongly discouraged.¬† When applying for an internship, the student is accepting responsibility to represent Georgetown College in the business community.¬† To withdraw debases the time, cost and efforts of participating organizations and can lessen their support for future Georgetown intern students.
Q: Can I use my job search resume for my internship resume?
- A: Yes, but it is recommended that you tailor the resume for the internship situation.
Q: How long will my mentor internship interviews last?
- A: A lot will depend upon your level of preparedness, the specifics of the internship, and the mentor‚Äôs prior experience with internships.¬† With preparation, interviews last under an hour.¬† You should, however, allow for more time.