The Media, Film & Journalism Studies department is known for providing outstanding student interns to the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. Our students come prepared to contribute to your team -- they are not allowed to participate in a for-credit internship until they have taken a number of prerequisite courses. In exchange, we seek internship hosts who take their roles as mentors seriously, understanding that students are working with them in order to learn how to apply classroom skills in a professional environment.
Submitting a request for an intern
We are happy to help you publicize internships that meet our requirements for providing mentorship and supervision in a professional environment, and accept internship positions from corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as boutique firms and individual projects. Please email a detailed job description that outlines: what the student will learn from the internship; the specific projects and duties the intern will fulfill; any skills that will be required to succeed; and instructions on how to apply, to: MFJSinternships@du.edu.
requirements of for-credit internships
In order to register an internship for credit, the student must fill out an internship contract, along with the university's Experiential Learning Registration Form, and return both forms, signed by the student and the internship supervisor, to the director, along with a detailed job description. The student must work 40 hours for each one credit during the course of the quarter that the internship is registered. At the completion of the experience, the student and the supervisor will each be asked to fill out a evaluation form, which includes quantitative and qualitative measures. Based on these evaluations, students receive academic letter grades for the the internship course.
If there are problems in an internship...
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
There are many more employers looking for interns than there are interns looking for internships, so an hourly wage or stipend is a great way to attract top candidates. Although many students do unpaid internships, it is important to remember that they are also paying the university for the credits they receive from the experience. For this reason, we are vigilant about students working in an environment that takes this educational role seriously by providing mentoring and supervision, encouraging the tackling of projects with room for failure, providing constructive and frequent feedback, and offering career guidance and networking opportunities where possible.
While we ask that non-profit and for-profit internship hosts alike provide the type of experience described above, the US Department of Labor has created guidelines specifically aimed at helping for-profit organizations determine the legality of their unpaid internships: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf
BOTH GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNS ARE AVAILABLE
Our department places both graduate and undergraduate students interns in a variety of positions relating to journalism, strategic communication, film and video, intercultural and global communication, and other positions that require communicating with a broad range of audiences using multiple media. If you prefer or require a specific academic level, please indicate that in your internship listing.
To submit an available internship request or to speak with the internship director, please contact:Dr. Erika Polson
Assistant Professor and Director of Internships