Career Services FAQ

Cronkite Career Services offers all Cronkite students comprehensive career planning, preparation and internship services including resume and portfolio review, LinkedIn optimization strategies, resume writing tools, media career exploration and media-related opportunities. Here are answers to some students’ frequently asked questions; if you’re an employer looking to hire Cronkite students or host an internship, visit our resources here.

General information

How do I contact Cronkite Career Services?
Call 602-496-5055 or email cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu for information.

You may reach out to individual members of our team as well: 

Mike Wong, director of Career Services: mike.wong@asu.edu

Becca Smouse, program coordinator: rsmouse@asu.edu

Nicole Ashton, program coordinator: nicole.e.ashton@asu.edu

Where is Cronkite Career Services located?
We are located on the second floor of the Cronkite School in Suite 222, near the First Amendment Forum.

How can I get help with my resume, LinkedIn and/or my portfolio?
Book an appointment with a member of our team.

Internships

Is an internship required?
An internship is required for undergraduate immersion students majoring in journalism or broadcast journalism online. Graduate and online degrees do not require an internship.

What are Internship Interview Days?
Most students find internships through the designated internship interview days which are held every semester with broadcast, PR and print/digital employers. These are scheduled 15-minute interviews with local media and PR organizations. If you secure an internship through the interview day, then you are required to register for it. Important application deadlines and dates of the events are listed on the calendar. If you would like more internship guidance, please book an appointment online.

Can I pursue an internship outside of Interview Days?
If you find an internship that you’d like to pursue that is outside of the interview day, please send the following information to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu: The company name, your duties and responsibilities, your supervisor’s name and title and the number of hours you will work each week. Students must be under the supervision of an experienced media professional.

Can I work an out-of-state internship?
Yes. However, Career Services must review the opportunity to determine whether it meets school internship credit requirements. Please send the following information to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu: The company name, your duties and responsibilities, your supervisor’s name and title and the number of hours you will work each week. Students must be under the supervision of an experienced media professional.

Do out-of-state internships offer housing?
No, companies do not offer housing. If you work an out-of-state internship, you are responsible for arranging and paying for housing.

May I work an internship at my family business or have a relative as my supervisor?
The Cronkite School will not approve an internship in which the student works for a family business or when a relative supervises the intern. In addition, the internship supervisor may not be a direct/indirect line report to the student’s relative.

If I secure an internship on my own, how do I get credit for it?

First, you must complete an Internship Interest Form online and submit an unofficial transcript (download a PDF from your MyASU account). Second, Cronkite Career Services will review the opportunity to see if it meets Cronkite School internship requirements. Third, you must attend a mandatory pre-internship meeting to learn how to prepare for the workplace, how to dress for the workplace, how to find a mentor, and tips for success.

How do I prepare for the Cronkite interview day?

  1. First, you must complete an Internship Interest Form online and submit an unofficial transcript (PDF from your MyASU account) and resume (PDF).
  2. Resume and interview day prep sessions are offered weeks prior to the interview days.
  3. Attend a pre-interview day meeting to review the job description packet and to receive specific instructions on company sign-up. Other questions about attire, preparation and participating companies will be answered at that time.
  4. Interview: Come well prepared for your interviews (your schedule will be sent by ASU email at least 3 days before the event) and research the companies that you signed up for.

Does it cost anything to receive summer internship credit?
Yes. Like any other summer class, you will need to pay summer school tuition for any internship credit (MCO 584, JMC 484 or MCO 294).

How many hours do I have to work to get internship credit?
Fall semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours)
Spring semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours)
Summer semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours)

These are the minimum internship hours required for Cronkite course credit. However, the student and employer may agree to more hours.

Are internships paid?
About half of the internships are paid. The Cronkite Career Services team encourages all employers to pay students for their time and to attract top talent.

How long are internships?
Internships run for an entire semester. However, some students may choose to continue working with their employer for an extended period.

Job placement and recruiter visits

What percentage of Cronkite graduates get jobs?
From 2010-2018, 82% of the 3,200 immersion graduates are working full-time jobs, with 62% of them working in media or communications positions.

What are the best job boards for media careers?
Journalismjobs.com, MEO Jobs, mediabistro.com, Co-SIDA, PRSA, Mashable, SPJ, Poynter Institute, IABC, RTDNA. You are encouraged to look at specific group sites as well. The best way to find a job is by using your professional network.

What companies visit the school?

Recruiters include: Allied Global Marketing, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Bloomberg, Bonneville International, Fox News, Gannett/USA Today Network, Gray Television, Hearst, Morgan Murphy Media, Meredith, NBC, News-Press & Gazette, OH Partners, Phoenix Business Journal, Quincy Media, News, Reuters, Scripps, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tegna, Univision and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few.

Recruiters typically schedule visits at the end of the fall and spring semesters to interview recent or soon-to-be graduates. As you near graduation, keep an eye out for these opportunities on our event calendar. These events are not only a way to land a job, they are also a great way to network.

Mentoring

What opportunities do you have for mentoring?
The Cronkite School offers two mentorship programs.

Professional Mentorship Program
This program pairs incoming first-year and transfer students with a media or communications professional. Through this mentoring experience, you will have opportunities to meet and network with a media professional, get an inside look at the industry and engage with some of the most talented people in the business.

Become A Professional Mentor / Become A Mentee

Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program
This program pairs incoming first-year and transfer students with current Cronkite students.
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What is the professional mentor program and how long is it?
This program pairs new-to-Cronkite School students (including first-year, transfer and change-of-major students) with a media or communications professional. Our mentors work all across the country. Mentors offer guidance, advice and exposure to their industry. The professional mentor program lasts for the duration of the student’s first year, though we encourage the connection to continue as the student progresses through their time at the Cronkite School. Become A Professional Mentor

What are the professional mentor program requirements?
MMentors and mentees are expected to have at least one touch point per month. Meetings can be held in-person or virtually.

How do I become a professional mentor?
Simply sign up here to Become A Professional Mentor.

How can I be mentored by a media professional?
All new-to Cronkite School undergraduate students, including first-year, transfer and change-of-major students may sign up. Graduate students need not apply; professional mentors are assigned throughout the program later in the fall semester. We do not have a mentor program for our online students at this time. Apply for a Professional Mentor.

What is the peer-to-peer mentoring program?
The Cronkite Peer Mentor Program is designed to help new-to-Cronkite School students with information about how things work at the Cronkite School specifically, and at ASU generally. What better person to give you information than a peer who has already experienced it!

New to the Cronkite School or want to share your first-year experiences with others? Mentors and mentees will be:

  • Invited to dedicated programs and events based on personal interests and professional aspirations. Matched with a fellow Cronkite student to give or receive keen insight about Cronkite School programs and the many opportunities you can be involved in.

Why is the peer mentor program important to student success?

  • Mentoring programs offer a sense of community at a large university.
  • Mentoring is an exciting opportunity to develop leadership and listening skills. 
  • Mentoring programs give mentees and mentors the chance to develop valuable professional relationships with student leaders, faculty and staff.

What are the peer-to-peer mentoring program requirements?
The program runs for the entire academic calendar, fall through spring semesters. Once students are matched, they are paired for the entire school year. To get the best out of your mentoring experience students are required to (at a minimum) meet once per month. Though we prefer in-person check-ins, students may also connect via phone, email or video chat. 

How do I become a peer mentor?
Please email program coordinator Becca Smouse via rsmouse@asu.edu.

How do I become a peer mentee?
All new-to-Cronkite School immersion students, including first-year, transfer or change-of-major students, are encouraged to apply. Join Now