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Internship in Communication Syllabus

Class focus: This class is designed to help you be successful in your internship while allowing you to see how communication concepts and theories come to life in the workplace. Throughout this class you will have opportunities to develop
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  INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATION  –   COMMUN 698  –   Fall 2019 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  –   Department of Communication Sarah Riforgiate, Ph.D. (Pronouns: she, her, hers) Office Hours : Wednesday 9:45am to 11:45am and by appointment Office Location:  Merrill Hall 242 E-mail: Welcome to Internship in Communication   This class is designed to help you be successful in your internship while allowing you to see how communication concepts and theories come to life in the workplace. Throughout this class you will have opportunities to develop professional materials, learn about becoming an organizational member, reflect on conflict in the workplace, and apply communication theory to your experiences. Each assignment is designed to help you analyze and understand your internship experiences while providing support and guidance. I am looking forward to working with you. Course Learning Objectives   By the completion of COMMUN 698, students should be able to: 1.   Explain how communication functions formally and informally in the internship organization in terms of roles, rules, decision-making, evaluation, etc. 2.   Demonstrate interpersonal and professional communication skills. 3.   Identify, analyze, and apply communication concepts and theories from coursework to experiences at the internship site. 4.   Reflect on how personal learning goals may change throughout the various stages of the internship experience. 5.   Articulate the core business and competencies required for professional success in the internship organization. Course Parameters   •   Please keep in mind that you are a representative of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the Department of Communication during your internship. While this is a learning experience, it is also important that you conduct yourself professionally. •   There is no required text for this class. All readings will be posted on Canvas in the “Modules” section.   •   Assignments are due online through Canvas to accommodate internship work schedules. Supervisors should directly email the mid-term and final evaluation forms to    "Every expert was once a  beginner." ~Helen Hayes  •   Although major concerns rarely occur, there are times when interns and organizations experience difficulties. If you sense that there is a problem with your internship, please be  proactive and contact me as early as possible so that we can determine a positive strategy to constructively handle the situation. Course Evaluation Evaluation includes two components, student work at the internship location and classroom application of that work. •   Interns are expected to work a minimum of 125 hours per semester at the internship location (approximately 10 hours per week). Working less than the expected number of hours can result in a lower grade for the internship course. •   The work agreement, supervisor’s evaluation s, and hours log are required   class components and will be evaluated on a “Met” or “Unmet” (Pass/Fail) basis. •   Please plan ahead. If you need an adjustment for a due date, contact me in advance to make appropriate arrangements. Assignments that have not received an extension at least 24 hours PRIOR to the due date will be considered late and will receive a 10% deduction for each day  after the deadline.  Academic Student Accommodations I am fully committed to student learning. Please contact me via email or come to my office hours if you require accommodations so we can privately discuss and determine the best way to facilitate learning.   The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee supports the right of all enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wisconsin State Statute (36.12) require that students with disabilities be reasonably accommodated in instruction and campus life. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared faculty and student responsibility. Students are expected to inform me of their need for instructional accommodations by the end of the third week of the semester, or as soon as possible after a disability has been incurred or recognized. I, will work with you and in coordination with the Accessibility Resource Center (, 414-229-6287) to identify and provide reasonable instructional accommodations.  Academic Integrity   All work in this class should be your original work and accomplished individually. When using other peoples’ words or ideas, I expect that you will cite your sources to give the authors’ credit for their work; failing to do so is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of the academic honor code and caries severe sanctions, including failing a course or even suspension or dismissal from the University. If there is any question or doubt about an assignment, please speak with me PRIOR to turning it in to make sure there is not an issue. More information on the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Academic Misconduct policy and procedures can be found at    "It takes less time to do a  thing right than to explain why you did it wrong." ~Henry Wadsworth  Longfellow   Expectations for Student Conduct Discussions and disagreements allow for learning and deeper understanding. Class members are expected to: •   Consider others’ perspectives and respond thoughtfully and respectfully •   Use inclusive and sensitive language (i.e. avoid racist, sexist, homophobic or other negative language)  Assignment Descriptions Discussion Board Posts and Assignments: This semester, there will be several discussion  board posts and short assignments that will be submitted through Canvas. Detailed instructions, short readings (when applicable) and pertinent information will be posted on Canvas. Each post is carefully designed to increase reflexivity, deepen your understanding, and help you make connections between what you have learned in classes and your internship experiences. Theory Application Paper: The theory application paper allows you to see communication theory in action at your internship site. You will select one theory applicable to your internship, use scholarly peer reviewed articles to describe the theory, and provide examples of the theory in action based on your experiences. You may select any theory you would like. Some theories used in the past include: attribution theory, expectancy violations theory, co-cultural theory, symbolic convergence theory, leadership theories, cultural schema theory, organizational assimilation, strategic ambiguity, and identity negotiation theory. The paper should be approximately eight pages long and properly include in-text and full reference citations following APA style guidelines. Internship Portfolio: This is an opportunity for you to share what you have learned throughout your internship. You will develop a power point portfolio that includes information about  projects you were involved in, what you have learned, and suggestions for future interns. These  portfolios will be posted in Canvas for your peers and future students. Time Investment:  UWM policy requires that students should spend a minimum of 48 hours of work per credit hour. The box indicates an estimate of the time investment allocation for the Internship in Communication course. These are averages based on past student feedback. Grades are  based on the quality of work  , not the time spend on assignments. The Internship Contact Hours are required and will help you gain important work experience. Student Campus Resources:  Many campus resources are available to UWM students. Please see the following link for a listing of the offices and phone numbers available to help you:  University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Syllabus Policies: For additional information, please refer to the following link regarding University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee syllabus policies:   “When people honor each other,  there is a trust established that leads  to synergy, interdependence, and  deep respect. Both parties make  decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” ~Blaine Lee Activity Hours Internship Contact Hours 125 Weekly Activities 10 Theory Application Paper 9  Grading The final evaluation in COMMUN 698 is determined by class work, the work at the internship, and the student’s internship site supervisor’s  evaluations. Coursework marked with an asterisk must be completed to receive a passing grade.  Grades will be calculated as follows: Week Due Date Coursework Points Possible One Friday 9/6 Post an Introduction *Signed Internship Agreement Pass/Fail Two Friday 9/13 Post  –   Reading  –   Internship Stage and Goals 30 points Three Friday 9/20 Post  –   Handshake Activity 40 points Four Friday 9/27 Post  –   Resume Comparison 20 points Five Friday 10/4 Resume and Cover Letter Submission 20 points Six Friday 10/11 Post  –   Professionalism 20 points Seven Friday 10/18 Reading and Conflict Submission 30 points Eight Friday 10/25 *Supervisor Midterm Evaluation Pass/Fail Work on Theory Application Paper  Nine Friday 11/1 Work on Theory Application Paper Ten Friday 11/8 Work on Theory Application Paper Eleven Friday 11/15 Theory Application Paper Submission 200 points Twelve Friday 11/23 Post  –   Aspirational Interview 20 points Thirteen Friday 11/29 NO ASSIGNMENTS  –   BREAK Fourteen Friday 12/6 Recommendation Letter Submission 20 points Fifteen Thursday 12/12 Internship Portfolio 100 points Sixteen Wednesday  12/18 *Student Final Evaluation of Internship Pass/Fail *Total Hours Spent at Internship Pass/Fail *Supervisor Final Evaluation Pass/Fail TOTAL POINTS: 500 points Grade Distribution : A = 470-500 points (94% to 100%) A- = 450-469 points (90% to 93.9%) B+ = 430-449 points (86% to 89.9%) B = 420-429 points (84% to 85.9%) B- = 400-419 points (80% to 83.9%) C+ = 380-399 points (76% to 79.9%) C = 370-379 points (74% to 75.9%) C- = 350-369 points (70% to 73.9%) D+ = 330-349 points (66% to 69.9%) D = 320-329 points (64% to 65.9%) D- = 300-319 points (60% to 63.9%) F = 0-299 points (59.9% or below)
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