JPW places considerable emphasis on the value of practical experience as preparation for entry into professional media. JPW majors and Journalism minors are required to do an internship with a professional media organization in order to graduate. The internship is optional for Professional Writing minors. Many of our students complete more than one internship .
The College allows students to take up to four course units of internship/independent study during the course of your college career. Please note, however, that any internship credits beyond those that are required will count as elective credits toward graduation.
JPW requires that a student have junior standing in order to do the required JPW 499 internship. All proposed internships must be approved by the department chair. The internship may be paid or unpaid, and can take place at any time during the year. Students who want to gain academic credit for sustained involvement with a campus news organization should enroll in the practicum course (JPW 397).
Arranging credit for your internship
- Discuss the proposed (or desired) internship with your adviser.
- Fill out an internship proposal form and an internship enrollment form.
- As you are filling out the form, please note that College policy requires internships completed for a major or minor be taken for a grade, not pass fail.
- The student arranges the hours for the internship with the employer. TCNJ requires 180 hours of work for the organization in order to receive credit for a full course
- After they are filled out , the internship enrollment form is signed by the student , the faculty supervisor and the department chair. The internship proposal form is signed by the student and the chair. Next, go to the dean or assistant dean for a signature.
- The dean’s office then takes the signed forms to Records and Registration. You can’ t enroll via PAWS.
- The student and faculty supervisor meet during the semester to discuss the student’s progress and any concerns.
- The student is expected to keep a reflective journal that is primarily designed to capture insights you may be gaining about the field in which you are working, as well as your career goals.
- At the end of the internship, we require an employer evaluation form to be filled out by the worksite internship supervisor. The intern also fills out an student evaluation form.
- Grading is based on a portfolio consisting of copies of written work, the reflective journal, the employer and supervisor evaluations, and any other assignments outlined in the internship proposal.
*If link does not work, you can find up-to-date forms on the Records and Registration’s website: http://recreg.tcnj.edu/forms/