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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 Media, a strategic marketing agency here in Manhattan, pictured above.

For questions about internships, contact the Internship Coordinator, Tom Hallaq, at thallaq@k-state.edu

Practicum for journalism majors 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, The Royal Purple yearbook, Manhappenin' Magazine, KSDB FM, and Channel 8 News. 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. 

To receive academic credit, students must complete an internship contract in advance and enroll in MC 491 for 1, 2 or 3 credits as required by their sequence, based on a minimum of 120 work-hours per credit. 

internship stepguide

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

  • 502 Media Group and JNT Company, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Fort Riley Public Affairs Office, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Communications, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Public Information Officer, Riley County Police Department, Manhattan, 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
  • Country Music Association, Nashville, Tennessee
  • USA Football, Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

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 internships, contact the Internship Coordinator, Tom Hallaq, at thallaq@k-state.edu