The Media, Film & Journalism Studies department is known for providing outstanding student interns to the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. Our students take their jobs seriously, applying classroom concepts directly in the workplace. We accept internship positions from both corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as boutique firms and individual projects.
Submitting a request for an intern
Interns are asked to treat the internship process as if seeking employment. Therefore, the program requires a full job description that outlines the requirements and duties the intern will need to fulfill in order to be placed and succeed at the position. Available internships can be submitted by sending a job description to the director.
Both graduate and undergraduate interns are available
The University of Denver places both graduate and undergraduate students who intern in a variety of fields. The university places more than 200 interns every year in positions appropriate to their skills and experience. If you prefer or require a specific academic level, please indicate that in your intern request or listing.
Our students take their internship experience seriously
Communication interns sign a contract with the director upon entering their internship that helps ensure that they will fulfill their obligations to the sponsor. Unlike other internship programs, communication interns receive an academic letter grade for their work, based in part on reviews you give their performance midway through the internship and then again at its conclusion. This letter grade further motivates the students to perform well in the workplace. Communication interns are regularly complimented on their professionalism, including appropriate dress, promptness and willingness to put in extra work when a special project is not completed by the end of their internship.
If you have trouble with an intern
Occasionally, sponsors are not satisfied with their intern, or the position is not a good fit for the student. Should the experience not be working out for either party, the sponsor or student should contact the director to discuss the situation and take steps to resolve the problem.
Paid versus unpaid internships
Interns do not need to have financial compensation although any kind of paid internship or stipend is always appreciated by students. Remember: Students are also paying DU for the credits they receive through their internship experience, so any compensation is greatly appreciated.
Hiring an intern after the initial experience
Many of our interns receive job offers after they complete their internship. Others are assisted in their job search by their sponsors after leaving their internship. The communication internship program is an important step for students to receive not only on-the-job experience but also serves as a networking opportunity, giving them the chance to meet professionals in the field who might later offer them a job.
Sponsoring more than one intern at a time
It is not uncommon for sponsors to host a small group of interns to work on a special project. This gives the interns a great experience in leadership and teamwork.
Setting the number of hours interns are expected to work
Interns receive up to 4 hours of credit for 160 hours of work for their internship sponsor. The credits/hours can also be scaled back based on sponsor needs and intern availability, but it is preferred that they complete the standard 160 hours.
To submit an available internship request or to speak with the internship director, please contact:
Dr. Erika Polson
Assistant Professor and Internship Director