How to Get an Internship
Do you meet the prerequisites? All journalism interns must have successfully completed JTC 100, JTC 210, and JTC 211, as well as one of the following courses or combinations to qualify for a credit internship: JTC 320; JTC 340; JTC 341; JTC 350 and JTC 351; JTC 310 and JTC 361 orJTC 371; JTC 326 and JTC 372 or JTC 373. The internship coordinator will make the final determination whether your prerequisite preparation is sufficient.
Review available internships on the College’s Intern Board or other sources.
Select internships that interest you and apply for them much like you would apply for any job. If you find an internship on your own, you must obtain Kim Spencer’s approval before you can earn credit. It is a good idea to meet with her before you send out your resume and cover letter.
If you need a letter confirming that you will receive academic credit, please contact Kim Spencer.
Fill out the Student JTC 487/687 Internship Form in this packet.
If offered an internship, ask the sponsor (supervisor) to complete and sign the Student-Supervisor Agreement for CSU Interns form in this packet.
Submit both completed forms to Kim Spencer. Once Kim approves the forms, she will send you an email with instructions to register for the course. Students must register for an internship at least 10 weeks prior to the end of the semester in which they are doing the internship.
During your internship you will be required to:
- Maintain a weekly journal
- Write a background report on the organization
- Write a final report on the internship and provide samples of your best work
- Total hours needed for internship is dependent upon the number of credits: one credit—minimum of 50 hours; two credits—minimum of 100 hours; three credits—minimum of 150 hours.
- JMC students may earn up to four total internship credits. No more than seven credits combined of JTC 484, JTC 487, JTC 495, and JTC 496 will be counted toward degree completion. You must have 72 credits outside JTC to graduate.