To find a practicum, students should begin looking for postings of internships, jobs or other professional opportunities as possible practicums at least the semester before enrolling in JOUR 777. There are many sources on campus that can aid students in this search. Students are encouraged to check the advertising, public relations, and journalism internship databases which are available through the Student Services office. Organizations that have sponsored practicums in the past are often good sources as well.
Once a list has been made of possible companies/organizations for which to work, students should contact each company to find out more about the available positions and suitability for a practicum experience.
After contacting the companies and/or organizations, write up a proposal and submit it to the faculty practicum coordinator for approval. This should be done several weeks in advance of starting the semester in which the practicum will be completed, to give the coordinator ample time to review the proposal.
After the faculty coordinator has approved the proposal, students need to contact the supervisor at the sponsoring organization to tell them that the practicum has been approved. Students will need to then be registered for JOUR 777 for the appropriate term in which they will complete the practicum.