NYU Arts & Science


Graduate Syllabus

We will communicate with you through NYU Classes throughout the semester (the registrar’s office controls which email address receives these emails, not us).


Craigh Barboza
Career Services Specialist
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, Room 647
New York, NY 10003
Email: Craigh.Barboza@nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-3837
Fax: 212-995-4148

Sylvan Solloway
Director of Career Services
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, Room 656
New York, NY 10003
Email: Sylvan.Solloway@nyu.edu
Phone: 212-992-7995
Fax: 212-995-4148

Procedures and Assignments Summer 2015

Your Work Hours: Students taking a credit internship in the fall should work a minimum of 10 hours per week, but no more than two full days. Discuss start and end dates with the job-site supervisor.


DUE DATES Fall 2015:

  • Log 1 – Monday, October 19
  • Log 2 – Monday, November 23
    • structure (How well is your paper organized?)
    • content (What are the details of your internship?)
    • style (Is your paper clear and concise?)
    • transitions (Do you tie together different parts of your log?)
    • and professionalism (Are there grammatical errors, misspellings, run-on or incomplete sentences? How closely did you stick to the assigned word count?)
    • What insight or ideas do you have about journalism, based on your internship?
    • How did you handle your assignments?
    • What have you learned about the company — and the goals of your specific division? What particular challenge does the company face today or in years ahead?
    • How has your impression of the internship or your co-workers changed?
    • In what ways have you shown initiative and what is your strategy to succeed for the remainder of your internship?
    • How does this internship compare to your previous journalism experience?
    • What particular skills are you learning, or do you wish you had learned prior to this internship?
    • If you encountered any problems at your internship, how have you dealt with them?
    • Success stories or bylines
    • How would you describe the newsroom culture?
    • Do you recommend this internship to other students? Explain.
    • How much time did you spend on various tasks, including grunt work?
    • What is the potential for getting clips? (Do you have any advice on how to pitch this particular outlet or suggestions for how future interns can succeed?)
    • How does this internship compare to others you may have done?

Make note of these deadlines and email sylvan.solloway@nyu.edu if you need an extension for medical reasons or other special circumstances.

Writing Your Log 1 Essay

Your first assignment is a 500 to 600-word reflection on your internship. The paper is an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned about journalism from your experience so far.

Papers will be judged on the quality of writing:
Potential talking points for your LOG 1:

Log 1 Format

Include the following header:

Last name, first name
Status: Junior, double majoring in History / 2nd Semester Grad CRC
Employer: The Village Voice (Film Section)
Semester: Fall 2015
Word Count: 519

Writing Your Log 2 Student Internship Review

Your final assignment is a brief review (less than 200 words) of your internship. It is written for other students who are interested in that internship, and tells them what to expect.

LOG 2s will be available as a reference for students next semester. Once they are edited, all Log 2s will be anonymous (so please do not identify editors or other staff by name). And be honest.

In your review, include a description of what the publication/show does as well as your internship duties.

When writing your LOG 2, it may be helpful to think about the following talking points:

Log 2 Format

Include the following header:

Last name, first name
Status: Junior, double majoring in History / 2nd Semester Grad CRC
Employer: The Village Voice (Film Section)
Semester: Fall 2015
Word Count: 180

Submitting Your Work

For this course, you will need to upload your assignments via NYU Classes instead of in hard copy form. It is important that you save the assignment on your computer as a Microsoft Word document (not .docx).

Mandatory Class Discussion

During the fall semester, you must attend one of the mandatory Friday internship class where students will participate in a group discussion. Our office will contact you through NYU Classes once the semester starts with details on how to sign up for the class, which will be held at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute: 20 Cooper Square. (Pizza will be served.)


GRADUATE STUDENTS will receive a letter grade for the internship class. Your assignments, or “logs,” will count for half your grade. Your supervisor’s evaluation will count for the other half. Students are allowed to see their evaluations, unless the supervisors request otherwise.

*Do not assume you will automatically receive an “A” for this course because you show up for your internship every day and hand in your assignments.

If you stop going to your internship, let us know! This is a course and the job site is your classroom. If you become ill or for any reason miss your scheduled internship hours, inform us. Taking time off for a vacation is okay, but should be cleared with your employer first.

Your communication is important. It’s the only way we have of monitoring the environment inside the media organizations we work with so don’t hesitate to contact Career Services to discuss problems at your internship — especially if you feel you’re being asked to do a disproportionate amount of grunt work (such as making copies or running personal errands for your supervisor) or the workplace atmosphere is in any way threatening or harassing. Please write “Urgent” in the subject heading of such an email.

We are here to help you sort through problems and help you develop strategies for success.