Syllabus for MUS 290 Coordinated Internship

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MUS 290 – Coordinated Internship

Summer Semester 2018                                                   Meeting times: By appointment

Instructor: Dr. T. Michael Gilley                                      Phone:

Office Hours:  M-F, By appointment                                     Email:


MUS 290 – Coordinated Internship

Supervised on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.

Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours. 1-5 credits.


Provide supervised on-the-job internship (paid or non-paid) experience in heritage music venues including regional tourist and performance venues such as The Crooked Road venues, museums featuring heritage music exhibits, recording studios, music instruction in summer and JAM camps.  This internship will provide the student with supervised work experience focused on a heritage music track focused on the student’s career pathway such as instruction; performance; managing events or venues; audiovisual and light systems; recording; or videotaping.


During the orientation between the employer and the student, there must be agreement on Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs) for the work period. The MLOs must be directly related to the student’s classroom studies and enhance the student’s creative, problem-solving, and technical skills, as well as personal improvement. The MLOs must be developed by the first two (2) weeks of employment. Instructions for developing MLOs can be found in Attachment 1. MLO worksheets found in attachment 2 must be signed by the student, the employer, and the faculty member.


None required


Instructional methods include supervised hands-on training.


Student safety is a primary concern in any and all labs associated with this course including work experience. It is imperative, for both the students’ safety and the safety of others, that each student utilize safe work practices and follow all safety rules and the employers’ directions explicitly.


Mountain Empire Community College is committed to academic quality and student success.  Elements that support both of these values are regular attendance and participation in class.  The college policy states that regular class attendance is required. The attendance policy in this class is:

Regular attendance is mandatory.  The student is required to work a minimum of hours to achieve the registered credit hour(s) at a ratio of credit/practice not to exceed 1:5 hours during the internship. The student intern must work the minimum hours required by the curriculum but also understand that the employer may require additional hours as a condition of employment. These conditions are detailed in the Co-operative Education Agreement (attachment 3) and consistent within the requirements of the curriculum.

The student must complete the Time/Wage Report (see Attachment 4) and secure a supervisor’s signature. Colleges should be flexible in Time/Wage Report policies so that individual extenuating circumstances can be handled. Situations might occur where the student can only acquire the supervisor’s signature once or twice during the co-op work assignment. Colleges should be considerate of employers that establish methods for recording employee time and wages. These records may be used to document student hours as long as the appropriate information is included and verified. The Time/Wage Report (completed to date with signatures) should be reviewed by the faculty/co-op coordinator when the Mid-Term Evaluation Worksheet is completed.


Optimally, students are paid for the internship experience. Earning a wage enhances the work experience in that the internship position is valued as part of an organization. All employers must adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act and Wage/Hour Laws. However, there is no requirement that a student intern is paid. Often, non-paid opportunities provide more variety in internship positions while assisting employers, particularly in the non-profit sectors.


Students may request academic accommodation for disabilities through the Office of Student Services. That office will evaluate the request and make recommendations for appropriate and reasonable accommodations, which the student will provide to the instructor. Individuals requiring temporary handicapped parking accommodations due to short-term illness should contact Student Services. All correspondence will be kept confidential.


In the event of a College-wide emergency, course requirements, classes, deadlines, and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods; alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates; a revised attendance policy; and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme.

For more general information about a College-wide emergency situation, please refer to:

  •         College website
  •         Emergency Text Messaging or Phone System (276-523-2400)

In the event of a college-declared emergency, the instructor of this class will abide by MECC emergency guidelines. Emergency information can be obtained at 276-523-2400.


Grading will be based upon the following:

  1. Attendance (Total Hours Worked) Assessment:         ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________
  2. On-Site Evaluation Assessment (if conducted)           ________________
  3. Mid-term Evaluation Assessment: (if conducted)       ________________
  4. MLO 1 Assessment:                                                         ________________
  5. MLO 2 Assessment (if applicable):                                ________________
  6. MLO 3 Assessment (if applicable):                                ________________
  7. Employer Evaluation: (attachment 5)                            ________________
  8. Student Self-evaluation Assessment: (attachment 6) ________________
  9.   Faculty Coordinator Assessment: Attachment 7)        ________________




  •         Communication – Significant
  •         Critical Thinking – Significant
  •         Cultural and Social Understanding – Significant
  •         Information Literacy – Moderate
  •         Personal Development – Significant
  •         Quantitative Reasoning – Moderate
  •         Scientific Reasoning – Moderate
  •         Writing – Moderate to Significant