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Internship Requirements

 

Once a student has completed the registration process for DTC 498: Internship and are enrolled in the course then they:

  • Work to complete 50 hours or more per credit hour they have registered for (so 3 credits of DTC 498 equals 150 hours of work);
  • Complete a resume assignment (around the midterm of the semester);
  • Complete a portfolio assignment (due towards the end of the semester); and
  • Have their site supervisor/employer email the internship supervisor, Ruth Gregory, to verify their internship hours at the end of the semester.

More instructions on the required assignments are listed below. Specific due dates will be sent out the semester that the student registers for their internship.

If a student is repeating the internship course and has already successfully gone through the peer review process and submitted their resume and portfolio then they only need to submit a revised resume at the midterm and a revised portfolio at the end of the semester.

Resume Assignment

Just before the midterm of the semester students will complete a resume. Once all the drafts are in, each student will peer review a selection of their peers’ resumes.

Resumes come in all shapes, sizes, and formats. The links below will provide students with helpful information on how to create a resume that works for them:

You also don’t have to create your resume from scratch. There are templates out there that can help you put your information together.

No matter what you use to create a resume for this assignment, remember to:

  • Put the most relevant sections towards the top of your resume. Future employers are busy and may never get to the bottom;
  • Put your most recent experience at the top of its section and work backwards;
  • Start your sentences with verbs. You don’t need “I” at the beginning of each sentence. We know it is you – it is your resume! An example would be: Supervised 3 other employees;
  • Make your verbs powerful;
  • Make sure that you quantify what you did. How many videos did you edit in that project? There is a big difference between 2 and 20;
  • Be as specific as you can – don’t just say you are a skilled multimedia artist. Note what programs you can use, note awards you’ve won, clubs you’ve been involved in, etc. to back your claim;
  • Note your technical skills. Put the things you are best at towards the top of the category or rank them so your future employer knows what you are best at;
  • Don’t forget to note your soft skills; things like public speaking, communication skills, organization, etc; and
  • Keep it short. For entry-level or early career positions you should not be submitting more than a 2 page resume; most cases it is just one page.

Portfolio Assignment

In this assignment you create or refine a portfolio website that fits in with the professional standards for the industry you hope to go into after you graduate. If you aren’t sure what you want to do after you graduate then that is OK too. Choose a field that interests you and relates to Digital Technology and Culture for this assignment.

Part 1 – Research
Do some background research. Find at least 3 sites for professionals in your future area of employment. Think about: what do you like about their site? What could be better? Think about the look of the site and, also, the content.

If you have your own portfolio already started, then take a moment to evaluate what’s working and what could be better.

Part 2 – Set-Up
Choose a domain name and a hosting service. Depending on your future career goals you may want to pay for both of these services. For instance, if you would like to a web designer looking professional on the web is very important.

Part 3 – Design
Design your site using your professional information. Make sure that you pay attention to your background research while you decide things like: how many pages you should have, what kinds of photos should you include, and what content you need on your site.

Your site must include:

  • Examples of work from your internship;
  • You should also include 3-5 examples of your best work from other experiences as well – classes, work, volunteer experience. Each sample piece of work should include a short write-up about it including what your role was on that project. If you cannot post examples of work from your internship site then please write a narrative of no more than 500 words about your role on the project and the process that went into its creation;
  • A copy of your revised resume;
  • A short biography/About You page;
  • A picture of you. Preferably a professional-looking headshot.

Note: your site must be live on the Internet. If you have any issues with a public portfolio then please speak to the internship coordinator.

Part 4 – Pre-Launch
When you are ready to launch make sure you look over your site one last time on a different computer/monitor. Check things like: your spelling and grammar, the color scheme, does the formatting look correct on a different monitor, is my contact info correct, and is my look consistent.

Make sure you look at the web accessibility standards and meet them.

Part 5 – Launch
Launch your site. Make sure it is publicly available. Turn it in before the final due date for the internship course.