To be prepared for the marketplace after graduation, you should gain internship experience with at least two organizations. Simply put, internships will help you get a job after you graduate.
An internship will help you:
- test out potential career choices
- learn about different work environments
- build your resume
- develop professional skills
- build a network of contacts
- gain references for your dossier
There are a number of ways to find an internship:
- use your personal networks: family, friends, classmates, faculty, advisers, teaching assistants, or neighbors
- join a student organization or volunteer to broaden your network
- do Internet searches for organizations and areas of work that interest you
- post your resume on GoldPASS and have internship postings sent to you
- subscribe to the Murphy Weekly, which highlights internship and job postings weekly
- check out The Poynter Institute's list of internships
You do not have to earn credit for an internship, but some internships require that you earn credit. If you'd like to earn credit for an internship, you can take a one credit course, Jour 3996, which is supervised by an SJMC faculty mentor. To find out more about how to register for Jour 3996, you can read SJMC internship policy or stop by the Student Services Office in 110 Murphy Hall.
If you are taking part in an unpaid internship, consider applying for the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship.
Star Tribune Practicum
SJMC’s Star Tribune Practicum allows students to enter the newsroom of this top metropolitan paper. Students are assigned beats, work with editors and reporters, and leave the class with a number of published clips.
Students participating in the Minnesota Public Radio internship learn what it takes to work in a collaborative news environment that combines digital and broadcast formats to bring the in-depth and balanced reporting MPR listeners expect. From reporting to editing, students work as part of the MPR team to cover topics ranging from politics to health.
Through a unique partnership with MinnPost, a nationally known news website based in Minneapolis, MN, students enrolled in JOUR 5131: Advanced In-depth Reporting are put on assignment, receive editing and feedback from editors, and have their work published.
Pioneer Press Practicum
The Pioneer Press Practicum allows students to work within the newsroom of the St. Paul-based paper. Students are assigned beats, sent on assignment, and work with editors and reporters to have their work published. Students leave class with a number of published clips.
Murphy News Service
The Murphy News Service began in fall 2011 under the direction of former Star Tribune published Keith Moyer and former reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Ison. The project, in partnership with the Minnesota Newspaper Association, allows students enrolled in reporting classes to be given assignments by local news outlets. The student interviews and writes the story while Ison and Moyer oversee the process. Through the service, a number of articles have been published in such partner papers as the Downtown Journal, the Swift County Monitor-News, and the St. Cloud Times.