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

JOUR 3896: Directed Internship

Some internships require that you earn credit, or you may wish to make the most of your internship experience through personal reflection. If you'd like to earn credit for an internship, you can take a one credit course, Jour 3896, which is supervised by an HSJMC faculty mentor.

Here’s the process for enrolling in JOUR 3896:

  • Find and accept an internship.
  • Make sure your internship will take place for at least 8 weeks during the term you plan to enroll in the course.
  • Make sure your internship is a minimum of 6 hours per week, totaling 48 hours worked during the term you will enroll in the course.
  • Select JOUR 3896 instructor and section based on the nature of your internship work:
    • Gayle Golden: News and Feature Writing
    • Mark Jenson: Advertising
    • Scott Libin: Broadcast
    • Amelia Reigstad: Public Relations
    • Steve Wehrenberg: Adverstising and Public Relations
  • All internships taken for credit in the College of Liberal Arts are required to submit information through GoldPASS powered by Handshake. Directions for how to “Request an Experience” can be found here. You will need information such as your supervisor’s first and last name, email address, and a list of responsibilities to complete the experience form.

Requesting an experience through GoldPass powered by Handshake will prompt your internship site supervisor and the course instructor to approve the internship experience. Once your internship has been approved, the Course Instructor will tell HSJMC student services to send you a permission number to enroll. If you need assistance with completing this process, please contact HSJMC student services (110 Murphy Hall or

*International Students must meet with ISSS prior to beginning the internship and enrollment in Jour 3896 to review their work status and how that impacts their internship.

The full JOUR 3896 policy can be found here. 

Internship Scholarship

If you are taking part in an unpaid internship, consider applying for the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship.

Internship Opportunities

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.

MPR News

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.