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 during the semester you complete your internship.

Enrollment in these courses is by application only.

Completing an internship for credit is optional. In most cases, the course will be considered elective credit. The course fees for internship courses are the same as any other credit-bearing course.

Calcuate course fees

Which course should I apply for?

If you're completing a professional internship, you should apply for MSCH-X472 or MSCH-X474 via Handshake.

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

Apply for MSCH-X474 if you are a journalism major completing a professional internship in the field of journalism.

If you're completing a student media internship, you should apply for the corresponding course via The Media School's course permission 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).

To qualify for X374, X375, X376 and X377, you must:

  • be an active member of the organization.
  • have not exceeded the maximum allowed credits of X374, X375, X376 and X377 (six).

For more information on internship course eligibility, email

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 internship 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, email the Media School internship team 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


Send an email to our Media School internship team if you have any questions.