Regulations for an Off-Campus Internship
- Students in the International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (hereafter the Program) wishing to undertake an off-campus internship as their degree examination have to select “Independent Study I”. They first have to complete the application and obtain approval from the program authorities before they can undertake the internship.
If the students undertake the internship without approval, their registration for the course will be voided and their degree examination will not be recognized.
- The Application Period
Students in the program who wish to undertake an off-campus internship as their degree examination must complete the application process in the 17th week of a semester prior to the semester where they aim to take the internship.
- The Internship Period
- The internship may take place during the winter break before the internship semester or during the semester. The student must complete at least 200 hours of internship work by the 15th week of the semester where they are supposed to graduate.
- If there are any other special circumstances, the internship may not start until it is approved by the adviser.
- Host Organizations
- Priority will be given to organizations listed by the program.
- Students wishing to choose host organizations other than the ones listed by the program should choose one that can provide internship work for at least 200 hours. Their choices are subject to approval by the program committee.
- The Application Procedure
Students in the program wishing to undertake off-campus internships must submit the following documents by the deadline:
- Letter of Agreement from Host Organization
- Internship Application Form
- An internship plan
- Review and Approval of the Internship Plan
- An internship cannot start until it is approved by the committee.
- The program committee will convene a meeting after the application deadline to review the internship plans of the students.
- The program committee and the advisers for the students may suggest revisions of the internship plans. After being told of the suggested revisions, the students have to submit a revised plan, which has to be approved before the internship can begin.
- Internship Weekly Journal
- Students undertaking internships must keep a weekly journal during the internship period. The entry for a week must be emailed to their University advisers on the following Monday to facilitate the guidance of the adviser.
- The content of the weekly journal and the punctuality of its submission will be items of evaluation for “Independent Study I.”
- Internship Evaluation Sheet
- The students should submit the internship evaluation sheet to the host organizations for grading purposes two weeks before the internship ends. The evaluation sheet must be sealed and signed by the supervisors at the host organizations and returned to the program assistant one week before the internship ends.
- The program may provide the host organizations with the weekly journals of the students to facilitate the evaluation.
- Final Internship Evaluation Report
- Students must submit a Final Internship Evaluation Report to their advisers within one week of the end of the internship. Students failing to meet the deadline will receive no credits.
- The Final Internship Evaluation Report must be at least 3,000 words.
- “Independent Study I” Evaluation Criteria
“Independent Study I” is graded according to the percentages of the following items:
- Weekly Journal – 30% (graded by advisers)
- Internship Evaluation Sheet – 30% (graded by supervisors at the host organizations)
- End-of-semester Internship Report – 40% (graded by advisers)
- The writing of the Internship Report
Students in the Program who wish to undertake off-campus internships as their degree examination must first obtain the credits for “Independent Stud y I.” Then they select “Independent Study II” and complete the Internship Report under the guidance of the advisers.
The report must include the following:
- What students have learned from the internship and suggestions for the host organizations.
- Learning in the field of expertise: The goal of the internship; the thinking, method of implementation, evaluation and reflections concerning the internship work; interaction with people at the host organization and their changes; re-evaluation of the original goal.
- An introduction: The motivation, an introduction to the host organization, the internship period and venue, a summary of the internship work.
- A comparison of theories with what the students have learned from the internship work; the influence of the internship on future work.