Applying for Internship Courses

How to earn credit for your internship

In order to get credit for your internship, you must take an online internship course — MSCH-X472 or MSCH-X474 — during the semester you complete your internship.

Enrollment in these courses is by application only.

Step-by-step guide

Internship courses have application deadlines. Plan accordingly.

MSCH-X472 and MSCH-X474 both have eligibility requirements. See if you are eligible to enroll in internship credit, and if not, when you will be.

Find out how the course will affect your degree process and what the tuition implications will be. Keep in mind that summer internship credit is not included in spring and fall banded tuition rates.

Make an advising appointment

There are many resources for your internship search. Learn where to look.

You should start your internship search at least six months in advance. And cast your net wide — apply for every internship you’re interested in, because spots are competitive. 

Consider a virtual internship, especially in fall and spring semesters. Virtual internships can often be done at the same time as regular coursework without having to travel.

If you need help creating a resume or preparing for an interview, please schedule an appointment with a career coach at the Walter Center for Career Achievement.

Learn how to apply via the Walter Center on Handshake. You will receive an email letting you know whether your internship was approved.

You must register for X472 or X474 to earn the credit. You must enroll in the internship course by the deadlines associated with the semester in which you are seeking credit.

Which course should I apply for?

You should apply for MSCH-X472 if you are a cinematic arts, game design or media major, or if you are a journalism major completing an internship outside of the field of journalism.

You should apply for MSCH-X474 if you are a journalism major completing an internship in the field of journalism.

If you're interning with the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism, you do not need to complete a separate application for MSCH-X472 or MSCH-X474. You only need to complete the Arnolt Center application.

Am I eligible?

To qualify for X472 or X474, you must:

  • be a certified Media School student.
  • have earned at least 12 credits from The Media School prior to the start of the course. Direct admits are exempt from this requirement.
  • have not exceeded the maximum allowed credits of X472 and X474 (six).

Is my internship eligible?

In order for your internship to be eligible for credit, the experience must reflect the broad goals of your major or area of concentration. It must involve the planning, production, execution and/or analysis of media. Internships that consist solely of non-media roles, such as facilities operation, accounting or retail sales, are not eligible for X472 or X474 credit.

It must also:

  • enhance your career development or offer the opportunity to apply knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world scenarios. It should not exist to simply advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
  • help you earn skills and knowledge that are transferable to other employment settings.
  • occur during the same semester in which you are seeking credit. We can’t approve hours retroactively, so no work hours will be counted until your internship is approved.

If your proposed internship is with an organization where you have previously worked for internship credit, you must have a different supervisor, a different job title, a different job description and duties and a new set of learning objectives. You may not repeat the same internship with the same organization. 

Your internship supervisor may not be an immediate or close family member (parent or sibling).

If you plan to intern while studying abroad, contact Kristin Martindale, administrative and program coordinator, before the beginning of your internship to receive specialized instructions.

When is my application due?

  • Spring semester: Feb. 1
  • Summer semester: June 1
  • Fall semester: Oct. 1


Contact Kristin Martindale, administrative and program coordinator.