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.

82.8%of Media School students complete at least one internship

2internships per Media School student, on average

Intern for credit

You can earn academic credit for internships by enrolling in internship courses. Completing an internship for credit is optional.

Learn about internship courses
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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

Ella Rhoades

'TODAY Show,' New York

Network as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who are IU alumni or to search on LinkedIn. Use as many resources as possible that can help you build connections. The best way for to make the most out of your internship is learning as much as possible and building your network. Take advantage of your time there and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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.

Lela Sibley

The Carter Center, Atlanta

Talk to everyone you can. I made great connections with people outside of the communications department by sitting with new people at lunch and putting myself out there. If you make yourself someone they will remember after your internship, they can help connect you with future people and employers in your field.

Ryan Rosenthal

'Watch What Happens Live,' New York

Meet and talk to as many people as you possibly can. You never know who is going to open the right door for you.

Evan Gerike

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York

Once you're there, make sure to fully jump into every opportunity with an open mind. If you have a good internship, they will supply you with tons of chances to do new and important work, and you have to be ready to complete the tasks and be unafraid of failure.

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.


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