Undergraduate Student Internships

Internships offer students real work experience and insight into the daily workings of journalism, advertising, public relations and other media-related careers. JAMS internships for credit are not guaranteed to any student who applies. They are awarded to students who maintain excellence in academic performance, demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines, and show that they are serious about a career in the field. On-campus and off-campus JAMS interns represent the department to the professional community, the JAMS internship committee maintains strict approval guidelines for the department's for-credit program.

Applications are due three weeks prior to the start of each semester. Do not wait, apply today. If you do not find an internship there is no penalty. But, if you do find an internship, and have not applied, you will not be able to participate in a JAMS course for internship credit.

JAMS Majors

To qualify for the on- or off-campus internships where the credits go towards the JAMS major, students must demonstrate excellence in their studies and have taken the relevant coursework.

  • Students interested in course JAMS 399 (on-campus internship) may submit their applications while enrolled in or after completing the first required course in their concentration ( 204, 207, 262). However, students must have completed the first required course in their concentration before they can register for the credits.
  • Students interested in course JAMS 600 (off-campus internship) may submit their applications while enrolled in or after completing the second required course in their concentration (307, 320, 332, 342, 500, 524, 544, 562). However, students must have completed the second required course in their concentration before they can register for the credits.

All JAMS intern applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Have an overall GPA of 2.7.
  • Submit a complete and comprehensive reasons statement explaining why they will be a strong representative of the JAMS department.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit an unofficial transcript. (Download the PDF from the PAWS account)

All JAMS internship sites must comply with department standards:

  • The intern must work a minimum of 15 hours per week (from the first day of class to the last) during the fall or spring semester—or 20 hours per week during the summer—at an established media organization.
  • An established full-time media professional must supervise the intern.
  • The supervisor must provide an evaluation of the intern at mid-term and at the end-of-term.

The department's internship committee reviews all internship sites and student applications. The JAMS internship committee processes applications for JAMS internship credit. 

Students may also qualify for College of Letters and Science internship credit by applying through JAMS.

Once the committee determines the roster of approved intern candidates, the internship coordinator notifies each student via email. The coordinator provides approved applicants with directions on how to apply for an internship and the next steps on earning credit.

Minors and students seeking further experience

JAMS minors and students who have already completed JAMS 399/600 are eligible for JAMS 489. On a case by case basis, some students may be granted JAMS 489 credit before they have completed 399/600. Contact the JAMS Internship Coordinator if you have additional questions.

This is a credit/no credit course. The credits go towards the overall L&S credit needs. JAMS 489 credits do not count towards the JAMS major or minor credit requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions about JAMS Internships

Please read before contacting the JAMS Internship Coordinator (Jessica McBride mcbridej@uwm.edu).