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An information session on internship opportunities and procedures and on Capstone projects was organized by the Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Department at AUBG on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Balkansi Academic Center (BAC). The session was open to all students, interested in JMC, and provided valuable information regarding the requirements for internships and Capstone projects.
During the first part of the meeting, Prof. Melody Gilbert, JMC Department Chair, talked more about the 320 hours of professional training that all JMC students are obliged to complete. The process, as she explained, includes three main steps:
- Filling in the “Pre-approval Request” and sending it to the JMC Department Chair for approval
- Doing the internship and keeping a work diary
- Filling in the “Internship Notation Form”
When the students finish their internships, they should print all of the above mentioned documents and give them as a package to the Chair of the Department. They also need to include samples from the work they have done during the training. When Prof. Gilbert approves and confirms the internship, the information is being sent to the Registrar’s Office.
Students also have the opportunity to do an on-campus internship. However, an important condition is for them to find a professional mentor to evaluate their work, as well as to provide feedback.
A few students, who have already completed their professional training programs, were invited to share their experience and to encourage all students, who are about to start their search for an internship. Some of the participants interned for DDB Sofia, Bolster, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, and Forbes Bulgaria.
An academic internship is also a possibility, Prof. Gilbert explained; however, students rarely choose this option.
During the second part of the information session, the students had the chance to learn more about the Capstone project. It is not a compulsory course and is open only for seniors in their last semester, who have a GPA in JMC of 3.25 or above. Typical Capstone projects include documentaries, photography projects, print works, blogs, etc. Of course, the students are encouraged to come up with their own suggestions regarding the form of their project; however, the only requirement is to convince the faculty members of the Department that they are passionate enough about it. Prof. Gilbert advised all seniors to start thinking about their ideas, so that in January they could begin discussing them with their supervisors. The defense of the Capstone project is in front of a panel of professors from both the JMC and other departments. If the students have a grade of “A” on their projects, they are exempt from taking the Bulgarian State Exam and also qualify for Disciplinary Honors in JMC.