General Information on Internships

Internships are primarily a learning experience, designed to further develop the many skills used in professional journalism and public relations work.

Students seeking an internship must exhibit dedication and a willingness to do more than what is required to meet graduation requirements. Students may earn 1 graded unit for an internship. Internship units may count toward the major. Some internships pay an hourly wage, monthly salary or stipend at the end of the term.

Prerequisites:

All applicants must have close to a 3.0 GPA in their major (including the core courses) and:

  • News-Ed students must have completed Jour 260 and present two published stories.
  • Public relations students must have completed Jour 341.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a student copy of her/his transcript to verify GPA.
  • Submit a resume with her/his application to department chair.
  • Obtain two recommendations from Journalism faculty.
  • Meet with department chair to discuss internships.

And please note:

  • You must provide transportation to/from interviews. Professional dress is expected.
  • Bring another copy of your resume and a clip book/portfolio.
  • Make sure you're in touch with current events (read the newspaper!) so that you will have plenty to say.
  • You may wish to send a thank-you note the day after the interview.

Once a student is assigned to an internship, she/he must:

  • Keep a weekly log, including work samples, to be sent to department chair at the end of each week.
  • Complete an end-of-term self-evaluation.
  • Be enrolled in 1 unit of Jour 489 Internship during fall or spring semester, or during summer.

See department chair during office hours in Tehama 207 for more information.

Check out a list of companies that have participated in our internship program. Do not contact these companies directly. Please work through the journalism department.