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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Attendees discuss media solutions at the M3 event in 2019



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:

COVID-19 POLICY: If you are looking for an "In-Person" rather than remote/online intern during the Covid-19 pandemic, please email the Director of Internships at for information on our policies for in-person experiences.

requirements of for-credit internships

In order to register an internship for credit, the student must fill out an online registration form and, as part of that process, upload a signed Internship Offer Letter. The offer letter should be on the organization's letterhead, and should summarizes the job description, the dates of the internship, and the hours of work, as well as the name, contact info, and signature of the supervisor. 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 an online 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:


Graduate and undergraduate students from our department intern in a variety of positions relating to strategic communication, film and video, journalism, 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.

Contact information

To submit an available internship request or to speak with the internship director, please contact:

Dr. Erika Polson
Associate Professor and Director of Internships