Take your education to the real world

Internships no longer are optional for today’s media students. In fact, most students undertake more than one during their college careers. Employers demand real-world experience, and nothing delivers like internships.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

84%of Media School students complete at least one internship

2.2internships per Media School student, on average

Step one: Make an appointment with a career coach

Finding an internship can be tough. The Media School’s career coaches can help smooth the way.

They can guide you in:

  • Evaluating the types of internships that will benefit your long-range career goals
  • Researching internship opportunities
  • Contacting companies and employers to find leads
  • Developing your online portfolio, resume and other marketing tools
Learn more about career coaching

Step two: Start your search

Internship opportunities are everywhere — you just have to know where to look.

Reach out to the people in your network. Check with your favorite brands and media outlets. Scan job boards. And take advantage of the resources that the Walter Center for Career Achievement makes available to you.

When you visit the Walter Center website, you’ll find featured internships and employers, as well as a list of job- and internship-related events. You can also access Handshake, the job platform with the most opportunities for students and new college grads.

Visit the Walter Center’s website

Step three: Apply for credit

Once you secure an internship, don’t forget to apply for the correct internship class if you want to earn college credit. The classes range from one to three credit hours, depending on the number of hours worked during the semester. Course requirements include a reflection paper and an employer-submitted evaluation.

Completing an internship for credit is optional. In most cases, the course will be considered elective credit.

Apply for MSCH-X474 if you’re a B.A.J. student completing a journalism internship. Choose MSCH-X472 for all other media-related internships.

Learn more about internship courses
Two students stand in front of a sign for Conan for their Semester in Los Angeles.

Semester in Los Angeles

Fall and spring

Spend fall or spring semester interning at a media internship in L.A. and taking Media School classes for credit.

Learn about Semester in L.A.

Summer in London honors program


Spend six weeks interning at a media company and exploring London while taking a course on British media.

Learn about Summer in London

Advice from your peers

Haley Begay

WISH-TV News 8, Indianapolis

Research every possibility in your state and eventually the country and email multiple departments within that station or company. I was originally looking to intern with sports but stumbled upon news. Follow up if you haven't heard back for two weeks.


Danarian Brown

Dallas Mavericks, Dallas

Apply for as many as possible. If possible, don't limit yourself to a particular industry. Ask lots of questions and listen to the advice you get.

Katie Klinger

Asher Agency, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Continue to develop all professional relationships. Any connection at all can help you get you to where you want to be. Once you begin working, always make sure the work you are presenting is polished and professional. Always put your best into everything you do.


Kathryn Jankowski

Viacom – Nickelodeon, New York

Always research your internships. Once you’re there, be sure to attend events, always say yes to go get coffee with someone, participate as much as you can and make them remember you. 

Alex Hardgrave

The Standard, Boonville, Indiana

Number one: explore your options. I was looking for internship opportunities for a long time.

Number Two: Take risks. The Standard didn't even have an application online or anything, but I just made a call.


Connor Hines

FOX Sports, Los Angeles

Don't be picky or limit yourself to only what you think is best for you when applying. Cast as wide of a net as possible. 

Make sure your application shows them what you know and what you're capable of doing, but at the same time doesn't overwhelm them with too much information. Keep it simple and to the point – it's a delicate balance.

Get help with your internship search