Internships in Europe—Journal Requirements
Analytic Journal for CAS 394B European Business Internship
Our internships require you to keep a journal for you to receive a letter grade. While your journal should include a description and evaluation of your daily work in the internship, it should primarily be analytical. The substantive content of the analytic component will vary depending on your internship and on your interests. You should use the theoretical knowledge and skills you have acquired in your coursework (both at home and abroad), combined with any relevant experiences you have had to place your internship experiences in a broader context and to learn from them. An analytic journal is not meant to be a research paper.
In a business internship you should discuss how your job, and that of your department fits with the larger goals of the organization. You might compare the structure and functioning of your organization with that of analogous organizations in the United States, and discuss the factors that account for the similarities and differences you observe. Alternatively you might compare and contrast the organization you work in with others in different industry sectors.
Often projects that you are assigned can lead to analytical journal entries. Interns are often given the task of gathering or analyzing data. If the data is based on a sample, you might evaluate the sample design (i.e. critique the choices that were made in drawing the sample). If you are conducting a survey of individual respondents, you might examine the response rate and discuss whether differential response rates could cause problems in interpreting survey results. Ask yourself how reliable the information you've gathered or analyzed is. What factors contribute to such reliability?
One student discussed how her work fit with her training as an economics major. Another student used knowledge gained in his major in psychology to analyze employees' career attitudes in an industry in which employees were often fired and rehired later elsewhere because of frequent contractions and expansions.
It is also relevant to consider the bigger picture in the business world, outside of your internship. What role does your company play in the national and international economy? How is your company affected by the European Union?
Instead of discussing a large number of topics superficially, choose a small number of topics for detailed analysis. You may wish to follow a few topics throughout your journal. You might, for example, raise questions in an early entry that you return to in a later entry. Typically analysis involves asking questions, finding relevant information to address the questions that were asked, and drawing conclusions based on the evidence to answer the questions, and perhaps raise further questions. Be sure to discuss evidence that disagrees with your interpretation as well as evidence that agrees with it. Use all the facilities available to you in studying a subject-for example, ask questions in your internship, or use a library.
Normal stipulations about plagiarism apply. See the statement on plagiarism.
Limit the length to a maximum of the equivalent of 20 pages of 250 words each. This is easily adequate for you to cover the material needed. Content is much more important than length. Number each page of your journal and date each entry. Write your journal in English.
Sending your Journal:
Be sure to send your journal to the Center for Study Abroad in Rochester so that it is received within two weeks of the end of your program. Do not fax your journal. Your journal will be returned to you.
Be sure that your journal is legible. You need not type your journal unless your handwriting is hard to read. Send the original (copies are often not very readable), but BE SURE TO KEEP A PHOTOCOPY. Please do not send in any supplementary material beyond your journal.
Journals received more than four weeks after the program has ended will have their grades lowered by 1/3 of a point (e.g., A- to B+, B+ to B). Journals cannot be accepted for evaluation eight weeks after the program has ended, without exception.
Breach of Professional Courtesy:
University of Rochester guidelines prohibit any personal use of your internship’s office stationery and supplies. This includes any envelopes, copier paper, correspondence notes, or letterhead. If your supervisor indicates that you may use a departmental printer to print your journal or personal correspondence, you must supply the paper. Printer paper, notebooks, envelopes and the like are reasonably priced and are widely available at stationers and department stores everywhere in Europe. Questions concerning the use of your supervisor’s office equipment and property, such as computers, typewriters, copiers, fax machines, or telephones, are to be directed to your Internships in Europe on-site director. Nota Bene: Journals submitted on stationery embossed or watermarked with your office’s logo, or mailed in an envelope belonging to an office or department will have grades lowered by one full letter grade, e.g. A- to B-, or B to C.