Internship Requirements FAQ

How do I go about getting an internship?

Finding an internship is easy. Students can view current internships announced by Career Services, view past and current entertainment management contacts compiled by Dr. Rothschild or students can identify a company they’d like to work for and initiate a first contact.

How would I approach one of these contacts for an internship?

Here’s a script you might use when making a NEW contact by phone:

Hi, I’m Sarah Jones, an entertainment management major at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. As part of my major, I’m required to complete an internship – I was wondering if you might be able to use someone with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and a willingness to do just about anything to gain some experience [use your own qualities]. The internship requires me to put in at least 90 hours over a minimum of two months – but I am willing to work more if necessary.

Question: Well, we don’t have a formal internship program set up in our company.

Response: That’s not a problem. I just need to gain some experience in an entertainment related role – and I’d love to work with your company. My supervising professor will create learning activities for me – your only responsibility will be to supervise my work and provide an opportunity for me to interview you or someone else in the company. Of course I’d love to do more, like job shadowing and rotating to other assignments. I just want to get my feet wet.

Question: Are you looking to be paid?

Response: Well, ideally I would like to be paid – but I’m willing to volunteer if necessary just to gain the experience.

Question: Let’s meet. And if there’s a good fit, what’s next?

Response: Excellent. I’d like to meet you. If you agree to bring me on, then I will fill out paperwork with my professor, sign up for the internship course, and report to work when you say so. I do need to get your contact information though.

Here’s a script for following up with an ESTABLISHED contact by phone:

Hi, I’m Sarah Jones, an entertainment management major at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. Dr. Rothschild, my professor, indicated that you might be open to considering me as a intern this Fall (Spring or Summer). As part of my major, I’m required to complete an internship – I was wondering if you might be able to use someone with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and a willingness to do just about anything to gain some experience [use your own qualities]. The internship requires me to put in at least 90 hours over a minimum of two months – but I am willing to work more if necessary.

Question: Well, we don’t have a formal internship program set up in our company.

Response: That’s not a problem. I just need to gain some experience in an entertainment related role – and I’d love to work with you company. My supervising professor will create learning activities for me – your only responsibility might be to supervise my work and provide an opportunity for me to interview you or someone else in the company. Of course I’d love to do more like job shadowing and rotating to other assignments.

Question: Are you looking to be paid?

Response: Well, ideally I would like to be paid – but I’m willing to volunteer if necessary just to gain the experience.

Question: Let’s meet. And if there’s a good fit, what’s next?

Response: Excellent. I’d like to meet you. If you agree to bring me on, then I will fill out paperwork with my professor, sign up for the internship course, and report to work when you say so. I do need to get your contact information though.

Valuable Telephone Tips:

  • Whenever you make a phone call and leave a voice message, be sure to leave your phone number and the best time to call. Repeat your number at the end of the message. This is very important - you don’t want to play phone tag.
  • Smile while you are talking on the phone. It makes a difference.
  • If you email, don’t assume it is now in their court and wait for them to reply. Be assertive, not aggressive. Follow up with a phone call.

Okay, I’ve found a place to do my internship, now what do I do?

You need to follow the steps to getting registered for the internship course, MGT 494.

Are the internships paid or non-paid?

There are some companies that provide paid internships and some that do not. That is something that you must discuss with the organization.

When do I need to register for an internship?

You must do your internship after you have completed MGT 310, which is your Introduction to the Entertainment Industry. We feel it’s important that a student gets at least a bit of a background in the entertainment area and complete some of the basic management courses in COB before we send them out as an intern.

When do most students complete their internships?

Most students complete their internships during the summer after their junior year. However, if a great opportunity comes available jump on it during the fall or summer after completing MGT 310.

Can I complete more than one internship?

You can complete more than one internship; however, realize only 3 credit hours count towards your EM degree. The other 1-3 hours you receive for an internship may be able to count toward your general electives, but most often do not.

Can I do an internship for a company that’s not sports or entertainment related?

You can, but only under special conditions. You must be learning and applying skills and knowledge specific to the entertainment industry. For example, selling cutlery for a company or starting a paint business in town would NOT be suitable for an internship. However, if you were fulfilling meeting planning duties for Jack Henry and Associates (banking industry) or Physician’s Care Network (medical industry), this would be considered suitable. If there is any question about suitability of an internship, you should meet with Dr. Rothschild prior to making any formal agreement with the internship client.

What other opportunities are there for us to gain experience?

There’s another way for you to get up to two more hours of academic credit for working or volunteering. It’s called Service Learning provided by the Citizenship and Service-Learning department. An EM major can take up to two hours of Service Learning credit - typically related to MGT 310 or 410. They will work for a non-profit organization in the Springfield area for 40 hours over a period of a semester as a volunteer. In return for volunteering and writing a paper, students will receive one credit hour per semester - up to two credit hours over a period of two semesters. This is another excellent opportunity for the much needed "experience factor," and you get to give back to the community.

Can I register for an internship after I’ve already graduated?

Assuming you haven’t exhausted all six hours of MGT 494, and have met all graduation requirements, it is okay to do an additional hour of internship after graduation. You will need to be reclassified as post baccalaureate. To find out how to reclassify, contact the Admissions Office in Carrington Hall.

I know the policy is to complete an Internship (MGT 494) AFTER completing MGT 310, but are there any exceptions that I can register for an Internship (MGT 494) before completing MGT 310?

If you have unique circumstances, you may be able to register for an internship before completing MGT 310. At a minimum those unique circumstances include the following:

  1. You have an unusually great opportunity (can’t pass it up).
  2. It is a for-profit company, and it is a non-paid opportunity.
  3. The for-profit company requires it.

Under these unique circumstances, you can register for 1 credit hour of MGT 494 BEFORE completing MGT 310. You would then complete another internship AFTER MGT 310 for 2 credit hours (combined = requirement of 3 credit hours of MGT 494). Your 2 credit hour internship would be treated as a 3 credit hour internship in terms of assignments. You would be required to do only email journals for your 1 credit hour internship.

If your unique circumstances fit ALL of the above, please see Dr. Rothschild.