How to enroll in JAT 399
Read this information carefully. You must apply, complete a contract and pay tuition for the three-credit JAT 399 course. You will be billed for tuition during the semester in which you are working at the internship site. Until your faculty internship supervisor approves your contract, you will not be enrolled in JAT 399 and NO hours worked may count toward the required 150 hours. It is vital you maintain close contact with your faculty internship supervisor.
How to apply
Keep reading. Until you understand the basic facts about the internship process, you can’t apply.
When to apply
The semester before you want to do an internship, figure out if you’re eligible. The requirements by major are listed ISC / MAS / JOU. Approved internships are listed under the tab “Approved Internships” and advertised via the listserv.
How to get a place not on the list approved for an internship
If you intern during the fall or spring semester and register for between 12 and 19 hours, JAT 399 will be included in your tuition for the semester. If you enroll in the summer, you will be registered for JAT 399 during the second summer session and you will pay per credit hour. JAT 399 is three credit hours. Check the Academic calendar on the Registrar’s website for the semester you’ll intern. http://www.uky.edu/registrar/ lists deadlines for the eight-week summer session.
The application asks you to specify where you plan to intern and which semester. We would prefer you know where you are going to intern before you apply. If you are applying at more than one site, list all of them. If you don’t know, or plan to intern at a site that hasn’t been approved, don’t delay applying. The internship director needs to review the application to be sure you are qualified as well as let your faculty internship supervisor know you plan to intern.
JAT 399 internship is required
All ISC, JOU and MAS majors must complete an internship. Prospective employers expect to see at least one internship on your resume. Work done at an internship contributes to your required JOU or ISC portfolio; for MAS majors, the internship partially fulfills the university’s graduation communication requirement.
The internship contract
Find it under the “Contract” tab. It is an agreement that you, your internship sponsor, and your internship faculty supervisor will sign. It states in writing what your responsibilities and duties will be while completing the internship, and what you expect to learn during the internship. To complete it, you will need to go over your major duties and responsibilities with your internship site supervisor, TYPE the contract, then turn it in to your faculty supervisor for review. Be prepared to make any needed changes and resubmit it for approval. It must be completed before you begin your internship—you will not be added to JAT 399 until your contract has been turned in and approved. No hours you worked before the contract is approved and you are enrolled will count toward the required 150 hours.
Each major has a faculty supervisor
See the “requirements” page (ISC / MAS / JOU) for your major to get an e-mail address and phone information for your faculty supervisor. Your faculty supervisor is the person you contact if you encounter problems at your internship.
The School requires you to spend 150 hours at your internship for three credits. That means that during a 15-week fall or spring semester, you would usually be at the internship about 10 hours a week. It is better for you to spend as close to a full day as possible at your internship rather than just a few hours. During the eight-week summer session, you would devote close to 20 hours a week. You may register for the eight-week summer session but begin the work in the four-week term. That way the hours would be spread out over 12 weeks rather than eight. However, keep in mind that no hours count toward the 150 hour requirement until your contract has been approved.
The best time to intern
It depends on your situation and preferences. You must complete the eligibility requirements, so it won’t be your first or likely even your second semester in upper division. An internship over the summer provides you the flexibility of interning outside of Lexington if you intern during the summer. You also may be able to devote more focused time to the internship. The downside of interning in the summer is that you will have to pay for the internship credits during the second summer session.
The grading process
JAT 399 is a pass/fail class. It is not uncommon for students to receive an incomplete. Students may receive an incomplete because grades had to be submitted before they completed all the assignments, their required internship hours, or the on-site supervisor did not complete the required evaluation. Once assignments, hours and the evaluation have submitted, the "I" will be changed to a "P.” While it does not happen often, students have failed JAT 399. Because it is a required course, that means the student must then begin over and complete another, 150 hour, internship.
Paid vs. unpaid internships
Although there are a few paid internships, most are unpaid. An internship is an opportunity to develop skills and help your career. Paid internships usually require more skills and are more competitive, so you need to start planning for them and applying for them early. Completing EXP internships and working in student media increase your chances of earning a paid internship.
You can complete one internship for three credits within our School. Any other internships would have to be through EXP 396 and our College does not accept those credits toward graduation. See the EXP vs. JAT discussion for more information.
Treat an internship as the first step in your career. Bright and highly motivated students from all over the country will be competing against you for jobs in the industry.
Be on time, stay the hours you’ve said you’re going to work, avoid doing personal errands, email or use of social media when at work, and don’t burn any bridges. Expect to work holidays, weekends, and long hours.
Remember the employer evaluation completed by your internship supervisor is a vital part of the evaluation process. Negative feedback can adversely affect your grade. Students have failed JAT 399 due to poor evaluations.
JAT 399 credit is for internships done in the U.S. There are a lot of internship opportunities abroad (see the UK Education Abroad web site for what's available). You can earn EXP credit for non-U.S. internships.
School equipment policies
An adviser at the Career Center can help with resumes and interviewing. Make an appointment well in advance of applying. Watch the listserv for announcements of specific workshops.
Now you’re ready to apply
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