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.