Internships

 AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM: Hillary Homzie, Internship Coordinator, School of Arts & Humanities

INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNSHIPS (COMS 499): 

If you would like to sign up for a spring internship, here are the recommended steps. Note that you will probably want to do step one and step two almost concurrently, if possible.

1) The first step is to decide what sort of internship interests you.

For example, would you like to work for a winery? Retail? A non-profit or government agency? In human resources? In a public school? A film festival? A newspaper or radio station? Are you interested in administrative work? Social services?

 Please note that COMS major must do an internship involving a COMs related activity, such as marketing, public relationships, editing, broadcasting, advertising or journalism. 

2) Make sure you have a polished resume and cover letter.

It's important to have a resume in place as well as craft a compelling cover letter introducing yourself. You will want to always follow up when you send out inquiries and sound enthusiastic and respectful.

You may make an appointment with Ianthe Brautigan in the Arts & Humanities Student Services Office for her to look over your resume or to help you create one. She will also critique cover letters and recommend strategies for helping you to hone in on your interests and strengths. Email her for an appointment: swenseni@sonoma.edu

3) Start your internship search.

You can also simply call up places that interest you as well as email. It’s recommended to start with a phone call. Area employers are always thrilled to hear from Sonoma State students. Simply ask them if they will have internships for undergraduate students in the spring semester.  

Remember to speak with other students who have done internships and ask for recommendations as well as network through family and friends. Don't forget to go to the internship fair this Thursday!

The COMs office always has a listing of internships. You can find internship through internet searches, but you will often have the most luck sticking with local and regional employers. In addition to looking for internships in Santa Rosa, consider looking in Petaluma, Sonoma, and Healdsburg as well as Napa County, Marin County and San Francisco. While an in-person internship is preferable, it may be possible to complete a virtual internship as long as there is sufficient training and supervision. Some students have found internships at their current place of employment but have shifted responsibilities for their internships. For example, students working in retail, recreation or hospitality have asked their employer if they can take on COMs related activities. 

There are also plenty of internship possibilities right here on campus. It's just a matter of asking! 

4) Once you have nabbed a semester-long internship, fill out your internship contract and get your internship supervisor's signature. 

Please note that COMS internship contract, information sheet and advising logs are available on the below OR at the COMS office (Nichols 364). 

 

5) Decide how many units that you want for your internship. 

 You must work 45 hours per one unit. So that means for a four-unit class, you would need to work 180 hours. Make sure that this fits your schedule. 

Remember you can sign up for a one unit, two unit, three unit or four unit internships. Some students even sign up for multiple internships in one semester. It's always best to check in with your advisor to see if you are on track to graduate and to see how many units you might need.

 Typically, COMS can take up to 8 units of internships during their tenure at SSU, while other majors differ. But always check this as everyone comes in with unique and different needs.

 

6) Once you have filled out the contract as well as the information sheet (if you are COMS) then email me to come by to get my signature. 

YOU NEED MY SIGNATURE in order to register. You cannot register on your own like a regular class.

  

 Hillary Homzie

Internship Coordinator

School of Arts & Humanities

Lecturer, Communications

 

Forms – Internship Agreement, Contact Form, Evaluations(Mid-term and Final) (link to AH form)