Integrating theory with experience
The media, journalism and film department’s internship program helps you integrate course theory and practice with hands-on experience in your field of study. You may take up to six hours of internship credit in either journalism or media:
- A journalism internship (JRN 595) involves work at a newspaper or magazine as a reporter or photojournalist or work at a television or radio station as a reporter or producer of news.
- A media internship involves work in corporate video, at an audio recording facility, at a company creating web pages or multimedia productions, at an advertising agency producing commercials, at a not-for-profit agency producing in-house media, at a post-production facility, or at a radio or television station producing commercial or promotional material.
Finding an internship
Finding and securing a specific position is an important part of the internship experience. You are ultimately responsible for securing your own internship. Consultations with the appropriate department internship coordinator, a faculty member in your area of interest or your academic advisor will help you identify internship opportunities that meet your personal goals.
You should pursue an internship only if you have the necessary academic background for that position. You will be representing not only yourself, but MSU and the department as well. A strong work ethic and a desire to learn are crucial for your success in the program. Remember that if you perform well in the internship, it is not unusual to be hired later for a paid position.