Department Internship Program Guidelines

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Department Internship Program Guidelines

To be approved, an internship position must meet the following guidelines:

Yes No The internship must expose the student to a communication-related industry or career path.
Yes No The intern’s responsibilities must link to substantive communication industry practices: e.g., writing for media, assisting with marketing campaigns, planning for events. Interns may not be used for the following: personal errands; political fundraising calls; passing out flyers, coupons, or movie passes; retail sales; or tasks that require little skill or have no relation to communication industry practices.
Yes No The student must be assigned a mentor or supervisor who can teach him or her skills needed to succeed in a communication-related industry or career path.
Yes No The student must have an opportunity to apply his or her knowledge of communication processes and theories to practice.
Yes No The student must spend some time in professional settings (e.g., working in office, attending events, or participating in business meetings) where they experience the “soft skills” related to professional behavior.
  Further, we also are bound by the following departmental, state and federal restrictions on internships. Check yes or no to indicate your compliance with the following:
Yes No First, under federal Fair Labor Standards law an internship may not constitute "free labor;" that is, an intern cannot be used to replace a paid employee position in order for the organization to save money. Academic Credit is not viewed as a legally appropriate substitute for monetary compensation. Please make sure you are aware of all 6 DOL guidelines. The UW Department of Communication reviews job descriptions for general appropriateness and content and reserves the right to deny or remove any job or internship posting.
Yes No Second, to receive academic credit, interns must work no less than 8 and no more than 20 hours, on average, per week. We have a responsibility to our students’ overall academic success, so our interns are required to politely refuse requests to work "overtime" — even if they wish to put in the time.
Yes No Third, we do offer academic credit for internships in which the student receives minimum wage or higher. An intern may receive a one-time or monthly stipend to cover expenses incurred during the internship (e.g., transportation costs). We encourage students to seek quality, paid internships so they are compensated for the work they are completing.
Yes No Fourth, for-credit internships involve the use of university resources. We are bound by UW and state ethics rules that prohibit the use of university resources for a variety of purposes, including assisting an election campaign; promoting or opposing a ballot proposition or initiative; lobbying the state legislature; or direct selling or solicitations for commercial purposes.
Yes No I agree that the internship I will post complies with the University of Washington Department of Communication guidelines and with departmental, state and federal restrictions on internships as outlined above.