Internships

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Senior Christina Molinari completed a summer communications internship at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.

At an internship, you will learn new professional skills, gather knowledge of the working world, and enhance the quality and quantity of the work in your portfolio. You’ll also gain valuable contacts and networking opportunities that will ideally lead to a job after graduation.

Don’t worry – employers are still hiring interns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many internship programs have just switched to a remote format. You will meet with a dedicated Journalism or Public Relations faculty or staff member who will coach you on finding an internship – and then mentor you on your internship.

As a Journalism major, you must complete at least one internship in order to complete your degree.

You can earn up to 3 hours of internship credit.

For-credit internships must be approved by the department to ensure that you are gaining valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in the industry. You must work 15 to 20 hours each week of the semester under the direction of a journalist or public relations practitioner.

Public Relations:

  • Be sure you are ready for an internship. Please complete JOUR-J219, JOUR-J340 and JOUR-J390 first.
  • Questions? Contact Rodger Johnson, visiting lecturer of practice in PR.

Journalism and Sports Journalism:

  • Journalism students: It is recommended that you complete JOUR-J200 and JOUR-J210 (and preferably JOUR-J341) before doing an internship.
  • Sports journalism students: It’s best to complete JOUR-J150, JOUR-J200 and JOUR-J210 (and preferably JOUR-J345) before participating in an internship.
  • Questions? Contact Emily Turnier, director of outreach and career services.

Where should I intern?

You’ve got a lot of options, and you’ll receive help from our faculty and staff every step of the way. Take a look at these examples of internships students have completed:

  • Indianapolis Monthly
  • Indianapolis Recorder
  • Indy Star
  • NCAA
  • Public relations and advertising agencies such as Hirons and Dittoe PR
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Indianapolis Indians
  • USA Football
  • Indy Fuel
  • 1070 The Fan
  • The Arizona Republic (via the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship)
  • Nonprofit organizations such as Girls Inc. and The Mind Trust

What’s next?

Check out this helpful information for landing an internship: