Film Studies

Internship Expectations

I. Hours

Interns are required to work a minimum of 8 - 10 hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Summer I and II minimum requirements are 20 hours per week.

II. Learning ObjectivesIntern Abby Dunkin

An important part of your Internship experience is having some specific learning objectives going into your internship. You will need to formulate
2-3 of these, in consultation with your agency supervisor, during the first two weeks of the Fall or Spring semesters. For summer internships, you
must submit your learning objectives during the first week of the semester.

To learn more about learning objectives, and UNCW Internships in general, please refer to the "UNCW Internship Guidebook," which you can read or download by doing the following:

  1. Go to the link:
  2. Select "Student Internship Guidebook"

Important: Please email your learning objectives to: Number them 1, 2, 3, and write them as statements.

III. Keeping in touch

While the bulk of your Internship will take place at your agency, you and I still need to keep in touch during the semester. Therefore, it is mandatory that you email me ONCE per month (on the first of each month) during Fall or Spring semesters, and TWICE per month (on the first and fifteenth of each month) during the summer semesters, to update me regarding your progress & activities. Updates should be a minimum of 150 words and sent to me in the body of your email. I will also be staying in touch with your supervisor at the Agency.

FAILURE TO KEEP IN TOUCH MAY RESULT IN FAILING THE INTERNSHIP. It is crucial to your professional development that you follow-through with your responsibilities to the Internship Agency and to the Film Studies Department.

IV. Internship Paper

As part of your Internship, you are required to write an Internship paper. This essay is due on or shortly before the last scheduled day of classes of the semester in which you do your Internship.

Essays should be around 1000 words, typed, double-spaced, proofread and spell-checked for errors. Please utilize this assignment to demonstrate your best writing skills. Please email your essay to:

What's the paper about?

The basic thrust of the paper is "what I did, and what I learned, on my Internship."

I hope you'll see this paper as an opportunity to reflect on your Internship experience. Taking the time to organize and enunciate your thoughts will play a significant role in your overall learning process. In fact, during the process of writing this paper, you'll most likely think of things you hadn't even realized you'd learned.

Some questions to consider for your Internship paper:

What did you do at the agency? What did you learn? What activities and experiences were the most interesting or educational? Did you meet your learning objectives? Did you learn any new technical or professional skills? What experiences were most valuable or fulfilling? Which aspects were challenging? Has this Internship affected how you think about your future career goals?

A Few Additional Notes…

Safety 1st!

Always keep safety in mind as you perform the duties related to your internship. If you are working on a film set, for example, be aware of any potential hazards, such as hot lights, electrical cables, heavy equipment being moved, etc. Don't do anything that would put you or anyone else at risk.

Prohibited Internship Agreements

Some internship employers request UNCW faculty and staff and students to sign Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreements, transferring from the employer to UNCW liability for personal claims, wrongful death or property damage arising out of the performance of their student internship program.

The University of North Carolina legal counsel has informed UNCW Career Services that there is a list of "Prohibited Contract Clauses" which the NC Attorney General has published for State agencies (including UNC schools). Number three on that list of prohibited clauses is "Hold-Harmless or Indemnification Clauses, Both in Tort and Contract, in Favor of the Contractor." Therefore, UNCW and all State agencies actually lack the authority to indemnify and hold harmless another entity, and no UNCW faculty, staff or student should sign such an agreement.

Professionalism & Punctuality

Finally, please remember that you are representing not only yourself, but also the Film Studies Department and UNCW. As the saying goes: "It's better to be 30 minutes early than 30 seconds late." For example, don't tell the agency you can be there 10 minutes after your class ends at UNCW, or you'll run the risk of frequently being late and making a bad impression (or worse, being terminated and failing). It is your responsibility to work out any scheduling issues with your supervisor at the agency.

Best of luck with your Internship! I hope it is an invaluable learning experience, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.