Internships are a valuable asset to both the undergraduate and graduate experience at DU. The Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies is known for our outstanding interns and internship opportunities. Our students take their internship experience seriously and contribute to the overall value of the organizations where they intern.
Prospective students frequently factor internships into their college selection criteria. Below we've outlined some of the basic questions we receive from prospective students as well as included a list of recent placements.
The scope of the MFJS internship program
For over 30 years, the internship program has placed thousands of undergraduate and graduate students as interns in business, nonprofits, media, education, and government. The Media, Film & Journalism Studies department has established strong relationships in the communications field that can benefit our students through internship placements. DU interns are known as reliable and intelligent additions to the workplace, a reputation that keeps sponsors coming back to the university year after year.
From Denver and beyond
Our interns have been placed around the world. While many students choose to complete internships in Colorado, many others have been placed near their home towns over the summer. Still others have chosen to work in such cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Paris.
Students have completed a wide variety of internships, limited only by their imaginations and interests. In the past three years, students have been placed at most of the major television and print outlets in Denver, top public relations and advertising agencies, a wide variety of nonprofits in the U.S. and non-governmental organizations abroad, motion picture studios and production houses and other areas that depend on the communication field. See recent placements below or check out our current offerings.
Getting placed in an internship
Obtaining an internship is much like searching for a job, though the university can offer assistance in identifying opportunities that would best fit with your interests. Several months before you hope to start an internship, you will meet with the internship director to talk about the type of internship you would like to do and then discuss where you might begin looking for such opportunities. The DU Career Center also keeps listings of internships and can make helpful suggestions as well. Then, it will be up to you to prepare your resume and apply for the position.
Internships into jobs
Quite a few communication students have been hired at the organizations where they interned. Many more have made valuable contacts in their field of interest that help them secure employment. Most importantly, the internship experience gives you experience in a field that will serve you well when you begin looking for employment after you graduate.
Number of allowable internships
Since most internships are taken for 4 credit hours, most students do one or two internships for four hours each. Remember, however, that internship credits vary depending on how many hours you work.
Students receive a letter grade for each internship, based on the responses received from the internship supervisor along with a variety of other factors. This means that we expect communication interns to take their positions very seriously and perform to the best of their ability.
Paid versus unpaid internships
Some internships are paid while others are not. There are opportunities both through DU and external organizations to apply for scholarships that can help cover expenses while completing an internship. You can still receive credit for an internship for which you are being paid.
When students may intern
Undergraduate juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 are eligible to take up to eight hours of internship credit. The first four credits may be taken after students complete 12 credits in the major. After completing 40 hours in the major, students may register for an additional four hours of internship credit. Students should begin searching for an internship midway through the sophomore year. Graduate students may take internship credits at any time through their program.
Following are only a sampling of the many internships completed by students in the Media, Film & Journalism Studies department within the past two years.
Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing
Charney, Berger & Holdren Public Relations
Ogilvy Public Relations
Schenkein Public Relations
Solomon Friedman Advertising
Turner Public Relations
Journalism & Media (Print, online, television & radio)
Clear Channel Radio
Colorado Women's News
Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
Dining Out Magazine
Denver Business Journal
Denver Community TV
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
Jefferson Pilot Communications
The Late Show with David Letterman
KDVR-TV (Fox Affiliate, Denver)
KUSA-TV (NBC Affiliate, Denver)
KCNC-TV (CBS Affiliate, Denver)
KMGH-TV (ABC Affiliate, Denver)
The New York Times
Zeneth Media Group
Nonprofit, Education and Health
ACLU of Colorado
American Red Cross
American Heart Association
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Child Rescue Foundation
The Children's Hospital (Denver)
Colorado Mental Health Association
Denver Public Schools
DU Office of Marketing Communications
Habitat for Humanity
Muscular Dystrophy Association
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Film & Video Production
BBC British Short Film Festival
High Noon Productions
Little Voice Productions
Miramax Films-Jerry Bruckheimer Films
International & Intercultural
DU Office of Internationalization
The French Alliance
Institute for Cultural Affairs
Japan American Society of Colorado
La Liberte-Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce