• Exciting Internships

  • Integrated Media students can participate in internships during their second year. Our students have interned for a variety of television and film productions including Portlandia and Grimm, as well as design and photo studios or organizations like OMSI, the Portland Trailblazers and the Oregon Zoo.

    Internships are competitive, and students should be prepared to submit a résumé and show a portfolio to an employer before being offered an internship. Students earn 4 academic credits for 120 hours of work during a period of 10 weeks. Since second year students attend class on Tuesday and Thursday, internships are usually scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. Contact your Integrated Media program adviser for more information. 

    Student Responsibilities:

    1. On the Training Agreement, write four learning objectives/goals that you wish to accomplish during the internship.
    2. Create an internship blog (instructions are in the Internship Instructions) and write a weekly post, following the prompts in the instructions.
    3. Keep a daily log of the hours worked. Post that information to the blog each week.
    4. Upload samples of work to the internship blog to demonstrate what you have accomplished in meeting your learning objectives.
    5. Process all paperwork in a timely fashion.

    Employer/Supervisor Responsibilities:

    1. Agree to serve as a mentor to student.
    2. Ensure that there is a clear educational benefit to student.
    3. Answer questions and guide the student when needed.
    4. Provide an on-site space and equipment for student.
    5. Make work assignments relevant to student’s internship goals and learning objectives.
    6. Sign and return all required paperwork in a timely fashion.

    Instructor Responsibilities:

    1. Pre-screen students for work-readiness.
    2. Answer questions from all parties.
    3. Administer all internship paperwork.
    4. Maintain weekly contact with the student through Email and comments on internship blog.
    5. Conduct a final evaluation with the internship supervisor.
    6. Assign a final grade for the student.
    7. Process workman's comp paperwork for unpaid internships.
    Federal Guidelines for Internships:

    An unpaid internship must meet the following tests, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

    1. It must be an educational experience, the equivalent of vocational school
    2. It must primarily benefit the intern.
    3. The intern cannot do work that would otherwise be done by a paid employee and must work under the close supervision of a manager
    4. The employer cannot profit from the intern's work
    5. The employer must not promise up-front a paid job at the end of the internship.
    6. A job may be offered once the internship ends
    7. The intern and employer must agree if no wages are to be paid.
    Assurance of employer nondiscrimination:

    The employer must conform to all state and federal regulations and policies. Students in the program will be accepted and assigned work without regard to their age, race, color, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability national origin, marital status, political status, religion or gender. The employer does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, placement, assignment of work tasks, hours of employment, levels of responsibility, and pay.