Diploma Internship

This course makes it possible for students to observe, study and work in the communications media field of their choice under the supervision of a Communication Studies faculty member and a media professional in the field.

The internship is 120 hours. These hours are typically completed part-time over a 10 – 12 week period.

Please Note:

  • Permission of the Graduate Program Director is required.
  • There is no remuneration for students participating in internships.

For more information, please contact Eve Girard, Graduate Programs Assistant.

Checklist for Submitting an Internship Request

  1. Download all of the forms (see links below)
  2. Identify an internship and an on-site supervisor
  3. Fill out the application form that includes a one-page write up about your motivation for doing this internship.
  4. Get the signatures from your on-site internship supervisor
  5. Submit to Eve in a timely manner (before your internship begins)

Forms

Graduate Diploma internship application, contract, and evaluation forms available for download:

Diploma Internship Guidelines – For Students

What is an internship?

As part of the Diploma program, you are given the opportunity to receive academic credit for an internship in the field of communications under the co-supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. You will research and identify the internship based on your interests or you may select from an apprenticeship position advertised on an internship board on the second floor of the CJ building (close to the main entrance).  Internships offer a chance to explore a new work environment, to acquire new skills, and/or to broaden networks. You must complete 120 hours. These hours should be completed part-time over a period of 10-12 weeks. However, the internship may also be completed in a shorter time period subject to the approval of the faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Director on a case-by-case basis. To receive credit you are not paid for your work. Each proposal is reviewed first by a faculty sponsor and then accepted by the Diploma Director.

Who is the faculty advisor?

Your faculty advisor will be a full-time professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University who has agreed to supervise your work and submit a grade based on the following criteria:

  • Weekly or bi-weekly journal entries sent to faculty supervisor  (40%)
  • A research paper that is typed, double-spaced, and is approximately 2500 words long, excluding bibliographic referencing.  It is due within two weeks following the end of the internship  (50%)
  • An evaluation submitted from the site supervisor (10%)
  • The academic sponsor will consult these documents prior to registering a grade for the internship.  The academic sponsor may confer with the site supervisor in preparing the evaluation and grade.

Who is the on-site supervisor?

Your on-site supervisor will be the person who will work with you to write up a ‘learning contract’ and will supervise your work at the internship location. The contract is a way to share expectations and to agree on the activities you will complete during your internship. The supervisor will write a final evaluation of your work.

When is the internship proposal application due?
The formal deadline for submission of internship proposals to the Diploma Program Director is the first week of any respective term in which the internship is to take place.  Internships that have already begun before approval has been granted will not be accepted.

Diploma Internship Guidelines – For On-Site Supervisor

What is my role and what are my responsibilities as on-site supervisor?

  • Your role is to act as mentor for the student during the internship.
  • You will ensure that the workload corresponds to the total number of hours required for this internship.
  • You delegate appropriate tasks and assign responsibilities for the student.
  • You supervise the work of the student at the internship location.

How often should I meet with the student to discuss their work performance?

  • We recommend meeting with the student at the beginning of the project to discuss shared goals for the project and to agree upon a timeline. As the internship progresses, we suggest meeting with the students once a week to review his/her performance or as often as makes sense for your work environment to make sure that the student is on track.
  • Consult with the evaluation form supplied to make sure that the student is meeting performance expectations such as completing his/her assigned tasks, arriving on time, maintaining a healthy work ethic, and achieving the goals of the internship.

Do I consult with the faculty sponsor during the internship?

  • Consultation is not necessary. The student meets with the faculty supervisor at the beginning and at the end of the semester to review his/her project goals and outcome.

What should I do if I have concerns about the internship after it is underway?

  • We recommend setting up a meeting with the student to discuss any concerns you might have and, if necessary, to revisit project goals. Should this first course of action be unsuccessful in addressing your concerns, we recommend getting in touch with the faculty supervisor for further support.

Diploma Internship Guidelines – For Faculty Advisor

Why should I become a faculty advisor for a diploma internship?

  • Being a faculty advisor for our diploma students is an invaluable way for you to contribute to the program, meet our students, and learn more about the media landscape in Montreal.

What are my responsibilities as a faculty advisor for a diploma internship?

  • Review the learning contract to determine the suitability of the internship
  • Schedule meetings with the student – in the beginning to evaluate the proposal, and in the end to assess the experience. Ideally, the first and last meetings should take place in person. We also suggest a mid-way check in that can take place over the phone.
  • Be available to the student or the supervisor if troubles or misunderstandings arise.
  • Read the journal entries and the final paper and submit a final grade.

What are the grading guidelines for a diploma internship?

  • Weekly or bi-weekly journal entries submitted to faculty advisor (40%)
  • A research paper that is typed, double-spaced, and is approximately 2500 words long, excluding bibliographic referencing and that is due within two weeks following the end of the internship (50%)
  • Evaluation form submitted from the site supervisor,10%

Do I have to meet with the on-site supervisor?

  • We recommend that you contact the supervisor by phone or email to confirm this is a suitable internship and to inform the site-supervisor of your role.

How long is a diploma internship?

  • The student must complete 120 hours. These hours should be completed part-time over a period of 10-12 weeks.  However, the internship may also be completed in a shorter time period subject to your approval and the approval of the Graduate Program Diretcor.

How do I deal with problems such as absenteeism, personality conflicts etc.?

  • If you find yourself in a difficult situation contact the Graduate Programs Assistant

Diploma Internship – Journal Guidelines

You will be expected to keep an ongoing log detailing daily events, discussions, networking opportunities, skills acquired and developed, trials and tribulations. Each week you should write a minimum of 250 words, double-spaced (approximately one page). You will submit your logs via email on Monday mornings unless you make alternative arangements with the faculty advisor. Below are a series of questions you should address in your journal:

The organization:

  • Describe the organization – its mission, organizational structure, size, community, history, funding sources etc.
  • What is the size or scale of the group?
  • How does this group finance its work?
  • Who is making the decisions?
  • What is the group producing? For whom? (consider gender, class, culture, age etc).
  • Locate or draw an organizational chart.  Do you observe a conflict between the ideal as it is drawn in the organization’s “official” chart and how it works in actual practice? 
  • Draw your own chart of how information flows throughout the organization.  Can you locate any flow blockages?
  • Is the group hierarchical or is it trying to work using a more collective, team approach with an emphasis on collaboration and consensus in their decision-making processes? 

Assess your role within the group:

  • What is your relationship with your supervisor and with other staff?
  • Were you integrated into the group or did group members expect you to spend most of your time observing their activities?
  • Reflect on the technical skills you acquired and developed during the course of the internship.

Diploma Internship – Final Paper Guidelines

For this academic final paper we want you to reflect on the larger significance of what you experienced and observed. Your discussion should reflect back to the analytical and /or technical goals you stated in your learning contract. You may write in the first person and express your opinions. That said, your final paper should integrate critical writing and include an analysis of the relationship between your internship and the courses you have taken in the field of communication studies. Grammatical, typographical errors and problems with the paper’s structure and coherence will be penalized. The paper should be written within two weeks of completing your internship.  It should be at least 2500 words (excluding bibliography and references), typed, and double-spaced with 12-point font size and one-inch margins. The paper needs to take into account the following guidelines as applicable.

  • Analyze the kind of organization you were working for. What are the strategies utilized to reach diverse audiences? What are the strengths and weaknesses of a particular communication strategy? What are the impacts of economic conditions/financial structures/funding sources on the organization? What are the tensions within the organization (e.g. interpersonal, intellectual etc.)?
  • Analyze any power dynamics and cultural tensions within the organization (language, ethnicity, nationality, physical ability, age, gender, race, class, gender orientation, etc.).  Where does the power lie in this organization or the sub-group with whom you were working?  Are there centre/periphery relations working in the organization?  Are certain groups marginalized? What did you learn about the collaborative or hierarchical process of the organization? How did this experience engage you within the larger social network of the organization?
  • What connections can you draw between your internship and analytical issues that come up in other classes? Which theories did you find particularly useful for understanding your experiences and observations? Which theory informed your practical experience? Have your practical experiences led you to reassess a particular theory? How do your new technical skills (know-how) impact your development as a media or communications professional?
  • Describe and critically reflect upon your experience.  What is the overall significance of your internship?  Did you have any outstanding learning experiences during the internship?  How have your acquired technical skills (know-how) impacted your development as a media or communications professional and how are these skills useful?  How will this experience influence your future career trajectory and development?

According to the Academic Code of Conduct, plagiarism is defined as “the presentation of the work of another person as one’s own or without proper acknowledgement.” Do not copy, paraphrase, or translate anything from anywhere without clearly citing the source, including the proper use of quotation marks.  All students are expected to apprise themselves of the Academic Code of Conduct.  For further information on plagiarism, please visit: <http://provost.concordia.ca/academicintegrity/plagiarism/>

Internship opportunities

Organizations where Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies students have interned over the last 2 years:

  • CBC Montreal
  • CKUT Campus/Community Radio
  • Art souterrain
  • Rock Camp for Girls Montreal
  • Just for Laughs
  • Picture This
  • Pop Montreal
  • Studio de musique ancienne de MTL
  • Fantasia Film Festival
  • Radio Canada
  • INFORMACTION
  • Essentrics
  • Musée McCord Museum

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