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If you plan to do a capstone project, you may choose to do a field experience instead of the directed research hours. You must get approval from the Graduate Director, so plan ahead of the semester in which you want to conduct the field experience.

The field experience is essentially like an internship. You are responsible for finding your own opportunity to complete at least 120 hours of work. However, the 120 hours cannot be a part of your current job responsibilities if you are employed.


(3 credit hours, 120 work hours – Fall or spring Semester)

The Field Experience is an alternative to the Directed Research hours for the Capstone Project. To complete this option, you will need to complete at least 120 hours of work for an identified client, with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Before you register
Prior to taking these hours, you must complete the internship application (PDF) and get your internship approved by the Graduate Director.

Weeks 1-4

  • Perform internship tasks assigned by your workplace sponsor.
  • Beginning on the first day, keep a daily log of your internship activities, noting briefly the date and the type of work you did, as well as the amount of time worked each day that you worked. For example, “Jan. 27, 200X. Attended intern orientation session. 1.5 hours. Jan. 29, 200X. Discussed extent of responsibility with supervisor. Created an electronic folder and subfolders for tasks. 2 hours.”
    NOTE: Your internship tasks or other needs of your workplace sponsor may suggest a suitable topic for your capstone project proposal.
  • Prepare your Capstone Project Proposal based on the guidelines distributed by the Graduate Director. Consult with potential faculty advisors about your project. Begin application to UHD’s Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects and obtain workplace releases, if necessary.
    NOTE: Your internship tasks or other needs of your workplace sponsor may suggest a suitab​le topic for your capstone project proposal.

4th Monday or before

  • Submit your Capstone Project Proposal to the Graduate Director. The Graduate Advisory Committee will review your Proposal and respond no later than the 6th Monday.

Weeks 4 – 8

  • Continue working on your internship and internship documentation.
  • Once you receive approval on your proposal, determine how to continue working on the project in consultation with your advisor.

Week 8

  • Submit to the Graduate Director a 250-word progress report on your internship. In the internship progress report, describe the work you have been doing, including any problems or concerns you may have. The report may be in memo or letter format. You may deliver it in person or e-mail it as an attachment.
  • Also submit a mid-term log of internship activities, stating the total hours worked to date and identifying the task on which you worked.

Week 15

  • For your internship, submit to the Graduate Director three items:
    1. Your final typed log with the descriptions and totals of all hours work on internship tasks.
    2. Samples of your internship tasks: material that you wrote, edited, or designed. If that is not possible due to such reasons as confidentiality restraints, describe in detail the material you worked on.
    3. A final report (500-1,000) words. Write, organize, and format this report to demonstrate what you know about writing reports. Employ skills you learned when writing reports for your MSTC core courses and electives. At a minimum, discuss the following issues in your final report:
      • a) The internship as you first envisioned it.
      • b) The internship as it actually turned out, including a list of the tasks you accomplished.
      • c) An analysis of what you learned: consider how (or whether) your previous work in the MSTC prepared you for the internship; identify any gaps in your preparation that the MSTC might have filled; provide advice for students considering undertaking a similar internship.
  • Please deliver this report, the final daily log, and your work samples to the Graduate Director either by hand or by e-mail. If you will not complete the internship by the end of the semester, you should have notified the Graduate Director well before the final report is due.
  • Register for capstone project (ENG 6392) for the next semester with approval of the Graduate Director.


  • You will receive a grade of either S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) on your internship. An incomplete internship (based on the tasks assigned to you by your workplace internship sponsor) must be completed no later than the end of the next long semester.

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Last updated 4/29/2016 2:43 AM