Jobs and Internships in Journalism and Mass Communications
The most consistent message we get from employers and potential employers is, "send us graduates who have some experience in the field." JMC offers a couple of ways that students can start building a base of experience -- and get classroom credit. One way, is through practicum (MC385) and the other is through internship (MC491). The difference between the two is that practicum is experience gained by working for a campus media organization or agency, and internship is experience gained by working for an off-campus business or organization.
Practicum can be taken at almost any time in your curriculum and can be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Opportunities for practicum credit are available through The Collegian and the eCollegian, The Royal Purple yearbook, KSDB 91.9 FM, Manhattan Matters television news program, and TakeFlight Advertising and Public Relations Agency. If you're interested in practicum, the courses are listed in the K-State Schedule of Classes online, with the name of the practicum supervisor. Contact the supervisor for application materials.
Internships are available for credit after you have completed a specific set of 12 hours in JMC. See the Curriculum Guide for which completed classes apply to your sequence. While all students are encouraged to complete internships, only public relations and journalism/digital media majors are required to carry out a 1-3 credit hour internship to graduate. For a work situation to qualify as an internship, a professional must supervise the student. Students in Advertising are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship. The school does not 'place' students in internships; rather, students arrange their own, often using contact provided by the school. The School sponsors an internship fair each year, in conjunction with K-State Career and Employment Services—look for announcements in the spring. Internships vary from one to three hours and may be spread over more than one semester.
To receive academic credit, students must complete an internship contract in advance and enroll in MC 491 for 1, 2 or 3 credits, based on a minimum of 120 work-hours per credit.
Overall, a student may earn a maximum of three credit hours from interning. Grading is based on the professional supervisor's evaluation of the intern and on additional work in the MC 491 class. Failure to complete the Internship Contract in advance, or meet deadlines, carries a grade penalty.
For questions about the internship class contact the Internship Coordinator, Gloria Freeland, at email@example.com