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Every year, the Cronkite Career Services team places nearly 500 students in internships at more than 225 companies both locally and around the country including national media organizations such as NBC, CBS, CNN, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times and ESPN to name a few. Several media companies visit the school each semester to interview graduating students for jobs in major newsrooms.

Services

In addition to hosting internships, recruiters, and several networking events the team also provides Cronkite students with comprehensive professional branding and career planning services including: resume sessions, portfolio reviews, LinkedIn optimization strategies, and interview preparation.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Meet the Team

Mike Wong

Mike Wong

Director, Career Services

Krista Paniagua

Krista Paniagua

Program Coordinator Sr., Career Services

Joanna Sanchez

Joanna Sanchez

Program Coordinator, Career Services

Cronkite Career Services offers a formal interview process every semester to meet students for a brief time in a speed-dating/matching format. Space for these internship interview days is limited and are reserved for employers that offer paid internships, are well-established in the market or that meet the school’s requirements for a prospective employer.

Only internships that offer students a professional-level news/journalism/communications/media experience and that do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual preference or religion will be considered for academic credit.

Cronkite Internship Interview Days

How it Works

Employers interested in offering internships through our internship interview day should complete the employer application. All internships obtained through our internship days must be done for academic credit and/or pay and should be arranged through the school.

Internships Board

If you do not participate in our formal interview day, we will share your opportunity with students on our job board and/or website. Approved positions will be posted within five business days of submission.

Employer Application

Compensation

We highly encourage all employers to pay students for their time and to attract top talent. If compensation is not provided, the company must meet the U.S. Labor Department’s seven criteria for an unpaid internship so as to not violate certain provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Required Hours and Terms

Internship Credit MCO 294 (1 Credit) JMC 484/MCO 584 (3 Credits)
Minimum Hours*

Fall/Spring: 8 hrs/week*

Summer: 12 hrs/week*

Fall/Spring: 15 hrs/week*

Summer: 22 hrs/week*

Recommended pay $11-$18 / hour or stipend (weekly or semester-based)

$11-$18 / hour or stipend

(weekly or semester-based)

duration Entire Semester Entire Semester

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

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Career planning starts early at Cronkite. Freshmen can participate in one of two mentorship programs:

Professional Mentorship Program

This program pairs incoming freshmen who are not transfer students with a media or communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market and fifth-largest city.

Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program

This program, called In-TUNE (Information to use and navigate everyday) pairs incoming freshmen and transfer students with Cronkite upperclassmen or graduate students.

All mentoring program deadlines have passed, but check back in the summer to be part of the peer mentoring program.

General Information

How can Cronkite Career Services help me?
We offer students comprehensive career planning, preparation and internship services including resume and portfolio review, LinkedIn optimization strategies, resume writing tools, media career exploration and connecting you to media-related opportunities. 

How do I make an appointment with Cronkite Career Services?
To make an appointment with us, you can call 602-496-5055 or visit our website to book an appointment with a member of our team. 

Do you take walk-ins?
Yes, you may walk in to see a Cronkite Career Services rep on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. until 10 a.m. Walk-in meetings are limited to 10 minutes. 

How do I contact Cronkite Career Services?
By phone or email. The main Student Services line is 602-496-5055 and the email is cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu. You can also visit our website at www.cronkitecareerservices.com

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

Internships

How do I get an 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.

Other Opportunities 
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.

Once I secure an internship, how do I get credit for it?
1. First, you must complete an internship credit form online and submit:

  • Unofficial transcript (PDF from your MyASU account)

2. Cronkite Career Services will review the opportunity to see if it meets Cronkite School internship requirements.
3.  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 credit form online and submit:

  • Unofficial transcript (PDF from your MyASU account)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Brief career goals paragraph that will be included in the employer packet (PDF)

2. Resume and interview day prep sessions are offered weeks prior to the interview days. 
3. Attend a pre-interview day meeting to pick up 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.

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

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 highly 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. 

Employers

How can I host a Cronkite student for an internship?
Employers interested in offering internships through our internship interview day or who would simply like to post an opportunity should complete this application

The formal interview day is limited and reserved for employers that offer paid internships, are well-established in the market and meet the school’s requirements for a prospective employer. If you do not participate in our formal interview day, we invite you to share your opportunities for students here. If the school posts your listing, the employer/company/organization agrees to require that the student receive course credit for the internship.  Only approved positions will be posted within five business days of submission and listings will be removed from the board after one month.

What are the School’s internship requirements?
All internships obtained through the school’s interview days and/or posted at the school must be done for academic credit and/or pay and should be arranged through the school. Only internships that offer students a professional-level news/journalism/communications/media experience and that do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation or religion will be considered for academic credit.

Should interns be paid?
Yes, we strongly encourage employers to pay students for the work performed at an internship.  

However, If compensation is not provided, the company must meet the U.S. Labor Department’s seven criteria for an unpaid internship so as to not violate certain provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

How can I post an internship opportunity?
If you do not participate in our formal interview day, we invite you to share your opportunities for students here. Only approved positions will be posted within five business days of submission. 

What kinds of opportunities can I offer Cronkite students?
Only internships that offer students a professional-level news/journalism/communications/digital/media experience supervised by a person with professional credentials/experience in that area will be recognized.

Job Placement and Recruiter Visits

What percentage of Cronkite graduates get jobs?
From 2010-2018, 82% of the 3,200 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, 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, 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, USA TODAY Network and the Wall Street Journal to name a few.

Mentoring

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

Professional Mentorship Program
This program pairs incoming, non-transfer freshmen with a media or communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market and fifth-largest city.
Become A Professional Mentor | Become A Mentee
 
Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program
This program, called In-TUNE (Information to use and navigate everyday) pairs incoming freshmen and transfer students with Cronkite upperclassmen or graduate students.
Join Now 

What is the professional mentor program and how long is it?
This program pairs incoming freshmen with a media or communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market and fifth-largest city. Become A Professional Mentor 

What are the professional mentor program requirements?
Mentors and mentees are expected to have at least one touch point per month. This can be an in-person coffee meeting or digital check-in via phone, text or video chat. 

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?
You must be an incoming, non-transfer Cronkite freshman at the beginning of the fall semester. 

What is the peer-to-peer mentoring program?
In-TUNE (Info To Use and Navigate Everyday) is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to help Cronkite School in-person students (freshmen and transfer) 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. In-TUNE is managed by Cronkite Career Services professionals with 10+ years of mentorship management experience 
  • 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 
  • you will have access to unique and interesting events and programs sponsored by the Cronkite School Mentoring Program

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. We prefer in-person check ins, however, students may also connect via phone, email or video chat. 

How do I become a peer mentor?
You must be Cronkite sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at the beginning of the fall semester. Join Now 

How do I become a peer mentee?
You must be an incoming Cronkite freshman or transfer student at the beginning of the fall semester. Join Now