This is sometimes a lengthy process, so don’t procrastinate. Start applying at least two or three months ahead. For summer internships, you may need to start in the fall. Summer internships are quite competitive, particularly at large daily newspapers and networks, and deadlines can be as early as October.
The College of Journalism doesn’t place you in an internship, but it helps in many ways. It provides:
- A student listserv. The internship director regularly sends out listings of opportunities for journalism majors to consider – internships, jobs, scholarships and more. Many of the internships are eligible for JOUR 399. Delete these messages at your peril.
- Tweets about jobs and internships. Join Twitter and follow @merrillcollege and @MerrillWorx.
- Facebook posts about journalism jobs, on the Merrill page.
- The Internship and Job Fair. Held each October, it is attended by dozens of employers from all types of media, large and small. Some are looking for interns, others for entry-level employees. Even if you don’t plan to seek an internship in the spring semester, you should still go – you will meet employers and learn a lot about the industry. These employers come to campus to meet you – it can’t get any easier than that. Dress as you would for a job interview and bring a dozen or so copies of your resume.
- On-campus interviews. Some employers come to campus – especially in the fall – to interview prospective interns and employees one on one, separate from the career fair. Students apply for interview slots. Information on these interviews is shared by the internship director on the listserv.
- Journalism bulletin boards. Great to peruse while waiting for class. Fliers and other documents about internships and scholarships are posted there. See especially the two boards in the waiting room of 1100 Knight Hall, as well as the first floor bulletin board closest to that office.
Can’t find what you are looking for in any of these places? You can also:
- Search the Web yourself! Many students locate their own internships this way. Try this: plug in the name of the news organization and the word “intern” into Google. That will often pull up application information.
- Ask your peers! Many have had internships and can pass along tips and contacts.