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.
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).
- 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).
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 only processes applications for JAMS internship credit.
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.
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.