Internships

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.

90%of Media School students complete at least one internship

2.4internships 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 the CareerLink job database.

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.
A student smiles in front of a sign for CBS London for her Summer in London.

Summer in London

Summer

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

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Advice from your peers

Aubrei Hayes stands in front of a sign for Starcom in Chicago.

Aubrei Hayes

Starcom, Chicago

Networking is key. Do your research. It’s OK to make mistakes, but learn from them and move on. Take notes and grasp all the knowledge you can. Take initiative, and show them that you want to be there. Ask questions. Always put your best foot forward, and give 110 percent in whatever task is given.

Juan Alvarado reports for Teleamazonas in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Juan Alvarado

Teleamazonas, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Never be afraid of expanding your internship choices — sometimes those internships you really want will not work out. Never be afraid of approaching someone for advice or to pose story and content ideas.

Julia Weinstock stands in front of a door during her internship at Second City in Chicago.

Julia Weinstock

Second City, Chicago

Don’t just apply with a standard application. Make time to email the intern hiring manager or a producer you want to work with, and set up a phone meeting or a time to get coffee. When you are genuinely passionate, it makes such a difference, and it shows. Prove that you are different from, and want this more than, the other applicants.

Sarah Gardner standing in front of a door at Bloomberg in Detroit.

Sarah Gardner

Bloomberg, Detroit

Raise your hand as often as you can. Lots of work can come your way if you just ask other people on your team if they could use some help. Don’t turn down even the smallest jobs or ones that seem a little out of the zone of your beat or assignment. I got a contributing credit on a Bloomberg Businessweek feature story about SpaceX because I was asked to look up some relevant video footage.

Sarah Opinsky stands in front of a sign for Broad City in New York City.

Sarah Opinsky

Jax Media, New York City

Networking is the best way to find an internship and to make the most of one. At internships I’ve had, the work itself can be a bit simple — completing runs or doing coverage of a script, for example — but the employers are really giving you an opportunity to get to know the people that work there and see what a professional workplace is like. It’s all a learning experience!

Maia Rabenold stands in front of a sign for NBC in New York City.

Maia Rabenold

NBC Universal, New York City

Make a list of the places you would love to work, and go through each place’s website to find open applications. If there isn’t any information, try to find emails of people that work there, preferably in the area you would like to work, and ask if they have any upcoming opportunities that you can look out for. When you land one, show up every day ready to talk to as many people as you can and ask for as much work as you can, because that eight to 10 weeks will go so much faster than you think.

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