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The Cronkite School offers numerous professional experiences that prepare and train students for the media and communications jobs of today in areas such as broadcast and digital news, sports journalism and communications.
Students regularly hold internships at top local, regional and national media companies and public relations agencies. The Cronkite School’s dedicated Director of Career Services Mike Wong annually places more than 500 students in internships at over 225 companies. Students stay connected to job opportunities via a weekly newsletter and Twitter account.
The Cronkite School has strong relationships with major national media companies, including E.W. Scripps Corporation, Gannett Co., Hearst Corporation and Sinclair Broadcast Group to name a few. These types of companies regularly visit the school each semester to interview graduating students for jobs in major newsrooms. E.W. Scripps Corporation accepts four graduating Cronkite students each year into an apprentice-to-hire program complete with housing in one of their California newsrooms.
The school also partners with media corporations, foundations and other entities to syndicate students’ classwork at professional outlets, giving students a jumpstart on building professional portfolios for media careers.
But Cronkite doesn’t just facilitate internships and jobs — it prepares students for them. As part of their required internship, students must complete a seven-week online career preparation seminar titled “After Cronkite.” The boot camp covers resume writing, interviewing, networking and other aspects of an effective job search.
Career planning starts early at Cronkite. Freshmen can participate in the school’s Mentorship Program, which pairs students with a communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 11th-largest media market and sixth-largest city.
Career development isn’t just limited to students. Alumni can interact through the Cronkite Nation network and CronkiteNation.com platform, as well as through the school’s LinkedIn alumni group. for networking, job leads and professional help.