Internship FAQs

Renée Schafer Horton, Internship Coordinator

I know I should do an internship (or two or three) before I graduate, but I’m a little apprehensive about it. What’s it really like?

Glad you asked. Check the binder in the student reading room (Room 312 in the Marshall Building) for internship reviews written by your peers who’ve done internships.

What are the requirements to receive journalism credit for an internship?

The internship must be a journalism internship approved by the school’s internship coordinator. You must have completed JOUR 205, Reporting the News, to be eligible. Some internships have other requirements such as completing JOUR 306, Advanced Reporting, and JOUR 208, Law of the Press, before being eligible for the Arizona Daily Star Apprentice Program. Some internships are extremely competitive, so you will have to have gained experience and clips in another newsroom before you can apply. The best way to do that is to work for the Daily Wildcat, the University of Arizona campus paper. Students must be registered for internship within the first 10 days of the semester. You must be registered via the School’s internship and career coordinator in Room 323A). No changes will be made after that date.

What do I need to do to sign up for internship credit?

After you have been offered and accepted an internship that has been approved for credit by the school’s internship coordinator, there is paperwork to fill out to add the class. Make an appointment with the internship coordinator to go over requirements and complete forms. 

How many journalism internship credits can I earn?

Internships can be repeated for a maximum of seven credits (e.g., two full-time and one part-time), or a maximum of four internships. Part-time internships, which require about 120 hours over the semester receive one unit of credit. Full-time internships are approved normally only for the summer and require about 240 hours of work at the internship site. Full-time internships receive three units of credit.  

What is the maximum number of internships I can complete for journalism credit?

Four or up to seven hours of university credit.

Is it possible to get internship credit for paid internships?

Yes, but remember that you do have to pay tuition to earn academic credit for any internship. Discuss this with the School’s internship coordinator.

How do I go about finding an internship?

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to find an internship. Read the internship listserv emailed to UA journalism majors weekly and follow up. Check out our How to Find an Internship page. Attend the internship fairs held at UA Journalism every semester. Use your connections -- ask friends, relatives and others you come in contact with to help you set up an interview. Search the Internet yourself for media where you’d like to work and contact the editors or producers there. 

I got my internship credit from my community college back home. Will that transfer to the UA?

No. The University of Arizona does not grant transfer credit from any institution for internships.

Why can’t I get credit for an internship before I’ve completed JOUR 205?

The faculty of the UA School of Journalism strongly believes that students should have reporting and ethics training taught by our faculty before you undertake a journalism internship so that you can contribute more to the newsroom and gain more from the experience.

Do I have to pay tuition for my summer internship?

Yes, just as you would for any credits that appear on your transcript. Students often think they don’t have to pay for internships during the fall and spring semesters, but that is usually because they are already paying tuition for a full-time schedule and the internship is included in that fulltime tuition.

Is it a good idea to stay more than one semester at my internship so I can get more experience? 

This depends. In general it is better to try different work environments so you can get a feel for different corporate cultures and broaden your experience. But sometimes, it is best to stay more than one semester. The best way to make this decision is to consult with the School’s internship coordinator.

What or who is a “trained media professional”, as required by the School’s documents?

Someone who has education and/or many years’ experience in journalism who will be able to give you editorial guidance and training at the internship. 

Why can’t I get credit for some internships at online publications?

Some media organizations are looking for people to contribute articles, but may not have an experienced supervisor who can guide you through the editorial process from start to finish. These publications often don’t pay their writers. Others are start-ups without a proven record. You may choose to contribute an article to these sites to generate a clip, but you won’t be able to get internship credit for it. Consult with the School’s internship coordinator to determine if credit is possible.

Can I get journalism credit for an internship where I write promotional materials?


No. Check with the College of Social and Behavior Sciences; the Communication Department (if you are a Communication major/minor), Eller College (if you are a marketing minor) or Pima Community College. Please be aware that if you choose to get internship credit from another educational institution, it will NOT transfer to the University of Arizona.