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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Take an internship for credit: MC 491

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 an 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.

Many of our students have interned at businesses like 502, a strategic marketing agency here in Manhattan, pictured above!

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. All students participate in at least one credit hour of internship experience, ensuring they gain real-world experience in the field of their choice. For a work situation to qualify as an internship, a professional must supervise the student. 

Some of the local, state and national entities where K-State students have been interns: 

  • 502 Media Group, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Fort Riley Public Affairs Office, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture, Manhattan, Kansas
  • University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ronald McDonald House, Kansas City, Missouri
  • OZ Museum/Columbian Theatre, Wamego, Kansas
  • NBC Universal, Winter Olympics, PyeongChang, South Korea
  • USA Football, Indianapolis 

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.

Click here to download the current MC491 Internship Packet.

For questions about the internship class contact the Internship Coordinator, Gloria Freeland, at gfreela@ksu.edu