Why Gain An Internship in Performing Arts?
DANC/MUSC/THEA 4890: Cooperative Work Experience or Internship
The Department of Performing Arts can help you set the stage for professional success after graduation. During your time at Weber State University, you will develop valuable skills that employers across the market are seeking. Beyond the specific training in their major, Performing Arts students typically learn a variety of career competencies that make them excellent candidates in the professional world. Critical thinking; communication; collaboration; leadership and a strong work ethic. These are the transferable skills that you will add to your resume while you work closely with faculty, staff and other students to rehearse and perform during your time at Weber State University. These are the same skills that will make you a valuable employee in any field you choose to explore.
Internships often lead to full-time employment and dramatically improve your ability to network with potential employers. In order to help prepare you for a career, WSU offers several opportunities for professional development to fit your schedule. Traditional internships are available in many fields; you will work closely with a mentor at an area organization to develop your professional skills.
Self-directed internships typically allow you to create your own opportunity at a business where you are already employed in order to explore your growing skill-set. On-campus internships are directed toward individuals or groups who work on delivering a specific product over the course of a semester for an on-campus entity, a community organization or a global business.
The Performing Arts Department internship program is completely voluntary. Students seeking course credit for an internship should do the following:
- Contact the internship coordinator, Chris Philion at 801-626-6655 for information about the program
- Identify an internship
- Determine how many credit hours they wish to earn (45 hours of internship = 1 credit hour, 90 = 2 credit hours, 135 = 3 credit hours). Internships cannot be retroactive.
- Enroll in DANC/MUSC/THEA 4890: Cooperative Experience and Internship
Registering for the Internship Course
You must be registered for DANC/MUSC/THEA 4890. You may enroll for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours, each of which corresponds to a 45, 90 or 135-hour internship. You must begin the internship hours during the semester you are registered, although you have a year to complete the course. Some students already have an internship when they register for the course. Others register for the course one semester, but to not find an internship until the following semester. If that is the case, you will receive an incomplete at the end of the semester you registered for the course. However, as soon as you complete the requirements, the Incomplete will turn into Credit.
Once You Have Found an Internship
All documents related to the course on available on Canvas. The most important document is the employer contract. Once you have found an internship, complete the employer contract, which is to be signed by the person who will supervise you at the organization. Together, you will list the duties and responsibilities of the internship. The Internship Coordinator must approve the contract to determine whether it is acceptable for academic credit.
There is no physical internship class. However, you are required to report to the internship coordinator at several points throughout your internship. The course requires the following assignments be completed:
- Reading Packet
- Employer Contract
- Mid-term Employer Evaluation
- Final Employer Evaluation
- Final Report and Portfolio Presentation
- Internship Portfolio
- Cover Letter/Letter of Introduction
- Five samples of work created at the internship with accompanying explanatory information
- Three status reports to the internship coordinator
- Reflective write-up of skills used and gained during the internship
When all of the above requirements are complete, you will receive the grade of Credit. If the internship was not successfully completed, you will receive No Credit. If you are continuing the internship next semester you will receive an Incomplete.