Students in the Journalism and Mass Communication and Sports Journalism degree programs are required to complete at least one professional-level internship for credit, but students typically do more before they graduate. The school closely supervises internships to ensure students are getting a quality experience.
Each semester, Cronkite sponsors three internship fairs, bringing in approximately 100 employers to campus. Students also learn about internship and job openings by following Director of Career Services Mike Wong on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mrconnect and by reading his weekly e-newsletter that lists part-time jobs and freelance and internship opportunities.
Students and employers should contact the Cronkite Office of Career Services for specific requirements and guidelines of participation in Cronkite’s internship program.
About Cronkite School Internships
- Each semester, employers and students participate in a one-day, on-campus internship fair.
- Only those employers who view interns as "professionals" in training and agree to assign them a variety of duties and responsibilities similar to those given to entry-level employees may participate in the internship program.
- Students are required to register for internships either for fieldwork or upper division credits. Mandatory meetings, evaluations and completion of the online career prep component are part of the course assignments.
- Students are required to meet all course prerequisites and GPA requirements to be eligible for internship credit.
- There is no retroactive credit for internships. Internship work must be performed in the same semester that the student earns the credit.
- Internships should be paid. Employers are encouraged to compensate students with an hourly wage during the semester or with an end-of-the-semester stipend upon successful completion of the internship.
- During fall and spring semesters, interns work between 12 and 20 hours per week in semester-long internships. For the summer, interns are allowed to work between 12-40 hours/week. Interns are not required to work during university holidays or academic breaks, although many students elect to do so. If necessary, different start and end dates can be arranged between the student and the employer.
- All employers must have a signed Student Placement Agreement on file with the Cronkite School. This document will be provided by the internship director before the start of the internship.
Questions? For all internships, contact Wong at 602.496.5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.