Jobs and Internships

Merrill journalism students regularly land school-year internships at such prestigious media outlets as National Geographic, Discovery, Washingtonian magazine, network and local TV news shows, SiriusXM, WTOP and WBAL radio stations, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and USA Today, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Comcast SportsNet and ESPN.

Additionally, students snag opportunities in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Indianapolis, Tampa and elsewhere during summer and winter breaks, at publications including NPR, the Indianapolis Star, Reuters, Miami New Times, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox news and sports, and Cosmopolitan, More and Good Housekeeping magazines.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to seek out multiple internship opportunities -- for academic credit, as part-time paying jobs, or both. Undergraduate journalism majors are required to take one internship and its accompanying credit (JOUR 399); they may also apply two other internships toward elective credits (JOUR 199).

Master's students enrolled in our 12- to 15-month program are encouraged to take at least one internship and can earn credit through an accompanying course.

Information about internships and job opportunities is blasted out regularly by the internship director to current journalism majors on our undergraduate and graduate listservs. Job opportunities are also regularly posted on the college's Facebook page.

Evergreen listings of media companies in the region are listed on the college's Media Listings page.

Job and internship listings and contact information can also be found in the building on bulletin boards on the first and second floors of Knight Hall and in the blue three-ring binder in the waiting room of 1100A of Knight Hall.

In addition, every fall the college hosts a Career Fair, which attracts dozens of recruiters seeking to hire for internships and jobs.

Contact:

Adrianne Flynn
Internships and Career Development Director
Room 3105-A Knight Hall
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
301-405-7247

Media Companies
Evergreen listings of media companies in the region. Alumni should contact Adrianne Flynn, at aflynn@jmail.umd.edu, for a guest user name and password. Current students should use their college user name and password.

Supervised Internships Forms
Along with descriptions of our two undergraduate internship classes -- JOUR 199 and 399 -- this page describes what qualifies for academic credit, how to get approval from the college for your internship, and how to request a letter for your proposed internship verifying you are eligible to take an internship class.

Career Resources
Tips on writing a cover letter, résumé and reference sheet. Plus tips from former internship students.


For Employers
How to get involved in the journalism community.


"Over the past few years we have hired a number of graduates of the Merrill School and we are always impressed with how well they have been trained. What we are looking for more than anything else is a graduate who can ‘do it all’ on their own, with a minimum amount of supervision or instruction. Our job interview consists of giving them the camera, showing them the door and telling them to come back in 3 hours with a finished, air-ready piece. If they can do that and do it well, they are hired. Most of your grads pass with flying colors." - Michael Rosenblum, Rosenblum TV