Please use this packet to find information about:

  • Approving supervision requests from students/interns
  • Viewing midterm and final evaluations from employers
  • Searching for employers, internships and jobs

Note: The online learning plan is part of the internship approval process and is visible to students, faculty and employer supervisors and the internship/career coordinator.

Learning Plan and Faculty Approval

After securing a for-credit internship, the student will complete the Internship Learning Plan on Handshake. Christine Mahoney will review, then launch our four-step approval process. Faculty members are STEP ONE, so prompt approval is appreciated.

  • Internship Approval
    • You will receive an email from Handshake with a link to view/approve student internship.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOG INTO HANDSHAKE - just click on the link sent to you via email.  Loggin in will prevent you from taking the desired action of approving.
    • Click on the blue “Review Experience Request” link, then click on the “Your Survey” button on the LEFT side to view student internship details, including internship description, educational objectives, learning activities, self-evaluations and career aptitude fields.
    • Submit answers outlining your academic requirements (you can choose from a drop-down menu and/or write in your own requirements). Students will be prompted to review/agree to these assignments/expectations.
    • If needed, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the blue buttons to advance to next page of details.
    • Click on the blue “Your Response” button.
    • Hit the Approve or Decline button (Your additions to the student learning plan will remain visible on Handshake, so students can refer to them at any time.  Please do keep in touch with the student throughout the semester or summer.)
    • IF you do NOT wish to approve, for any reason, enter your reason and decline to approve. Your reason will go to the CMCI internship office, who will work with the student to make necessary changes. You would then receive an updated approval request in an email from Handshake.
How to View Midterm and Final Evaluations
  • Log into Handshake  (NOTE: IF you only see a student log in button when clicking on that link, look for the "log in with your email address" prompt UNDER the student log in button, and log in with 

    your email).

  • Click on Experiences on the left-hand toolbar
  • Click on “ALL” on the top toolbar
  • Go to “Assigned To” and filter by your name (you can type your name directly into this field) and “Term” (the semester or summer we are currently in), if needed
  • You will see a list of students you are supervising
  • Click on the student’s name to view the evaluation
  •  Click on “Midterm Evaluation” or “Final Evaluation” near the top, depending on which evaluation you want to view
  • Click on the Employer/Work Supervisor evaluation (if no evaluation has been submitted, it will say “No responses submitted”)
  • The internship office does send out regularly-scheduled evaluation reminders at midterm and finals time.  However, feel free to reach out to the student and/or to if you’d like the employer to be reminded to submit the evaluation
  • Repeat this process for each student you are supervising

Having trouble logging into Handshake?

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your email in the Employers & Career Centers box
    Handshake login screen
  3. Click Next
  4. Click ALUMNI/Staff/Faculty Login
    Handshake login screen 2
  5. Enter your password
  6. If you have forgotten your password, please follow the steps after clicking "Forgot your password?"
    Handshake forgotten password message
Search for Employers
  • Click on Employers.
  • Use the search box to type in the name of the employer (e.g. KUSA) or filter using the drop down categories (e.g. Employer Location).
  • You can save your search and filters after selecting them by clicking the + next to Saved Searches, where you can later return to view your saved search.
  • View the individual employer by clicking on the organization name.
Search for Jobs and Internships
  • Click on Jobs in the navigation menu.
  • Use the search box to type in the name of the employer or filter using the drop down categories (e.g. Location, Job Type, Employment Type, etc).
  • Click on each job to view individual postings.
Updating Your Profile
  • Click on Profile in the navigation menu.
  • Click the edit pencil in each section to edit the contents and then Save.


Internship Timeline
  • Student secures internship with help from the CMCI internship/career office
  • Student meets with faculty supervisor to obtain approval
  • Student reports internship online, initiating the approval process
  • CMCI internship/career coordinator processes report, and approval emails are sent to:
    • Faculty supervisor
    • Internship site supervisor
    • Student
    • Steve Jones
  • Once approved, student is notified and can see internship credit on degree audit. (In summer, students must pay for credit through Continuing Education before credit will appear on degree audit. Steve Jones sends students payment instructions.)
Deadlines and Department of Communication Information
  • All internships must be reported by the add deadline each semester/summer.
  • COMM students will be required to follow the internship syllabus, which includes required readings, a reflection paper, etc. The internship faculty supervisor will notify students of this requirement in the online learning plan by checking the appropriate boxes.
Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring