Renée Schafer Horton
Internship Coordinator, (520) 626-9219
University of Arizona School of Journalism
Marshall 323A, 845 N. Park Ave.
PO Box 210158B, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158
INTERNSHIP OFFICE HOURS
The Internship Office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments will take precedent over walk-ins, so appointments are recommended. You can make an appointment via the Wise Advising Calendar, by choosing “Journalism Internship” from the drop down menu.
Finding an internship is a time-consuming but worthwhile challenge, and completing an internship increases your chances of finding a job after graduation. Our students have interned locally, throughout Arizona, across the nation and around the world, including at the Arizona Republic, CNN, the LA Times, Al Arabiyah, KNBC investigative journalism unit, CBS Sports, Elle Magazine, the Egypt Independent and the Tico Times.
A few things must be kept in mind in regard to internships:
- The key ingredient in finding and succeeding in an internship is a student’s initiative.
- Many – if not most – internships do not pay and actually require students to earn (and thus pay for) academic credit. It is, however, the best return-on-investment of your tuition dollars.
- Nearly all the paid summer internships have deadlines in October or November. You must plan ahead!
- Students get exactly what they put into an internship in terms of planning and priorities. They must decide exactly what they want to learn and know before going into an internship.
- To find the best possible internship to match your particular needs (and to determine what you want to get out of an internship) make an appointment with the internship coordinator to discuss personal interests and goals.
Weekly, the School of Journalism’s internship coordinator sends out a list of internship opportunities, all of which are archived here. The School also hosts an Internship Fair twice a year and offers private visits with recruiters, Skype interviews and information sessions. (For information about the Internship Fair, please click here.) The internship coordinator is available Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to review résumés, cover letters and application packages, as well as provide interview practice.
Students who take advantage of these services, follow up with application packages and meet application deadlines have a very good chance of finding internships. But where should they look for the internships?
WHERE TO LOOK
There are dozens of sites that list internships for journalism students – please read the text carefully below to see specifics for highlighted venues – but a few places to start to get an idea of what is out there are:
Internships.com’s journalism search page
Students interested in magazine internships should check the website of the American Society of Magazine Editors as well as ed2010, which offers a variety of excellent paid and unpaid internships. Some magazines list internships or job openings on their websites. These include National Journal, Mother Jones and High Country News.
Looking for work in the Arts and Entertainment field? The internship and job link at the A+E network is the place to start your search. The International Journalists’ Network website posts a list of late-deadline summer internships that students can apply for over winter break. Poynter lists anywhere from 40 to 80 summer internships each fall so you can make the October deadline. Make sure to check it out – even if students miss one year’s deadlines, they can be proactive and put deadlines on calendar for the following year. Mediabistro, Journalismjobs.com and Editor and Publisher also list internships (as well as jobs for soon-to-be graduates!)
The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund offers dozens of well-paid print internships on copy-editing desks on major papers throughout the country and our School administers a screening test for those internships each fall. The Chips Quinn Program for Diversity in Journalism also offers well-paid print internships for reporters, photographers and videographers. Deadline for this internship is also in the early fall.
One of the best places to search for summer journalism internships is the outstanding internship website maintained by New York University. More internships for college students are listed on the web site of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Students looking for international reporting opportunities can find English-language newspapers all over the world by consulting www.thepaperboy.com.
Small, local newspapers and television stations are some of the best places to break into internships. If there’s some town you’d like to get to know better, write to the news editor of its local newspaper or the news director of the local TV station and offer your services for the summer. The smaller the town, the better your odds for success. A great list of small daily and weekly papers can be found at List of Newspapers. Additionally, nearly all newspapers affiliated with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies accept summer interns. A list of alt-weeklies can be found at here. (Make sure you understand what type of journalism is practiced at alt-weeklies before applying.)
JOIN A CLUB
Students looking for paid internships should also consider joining professional organizations (most of which offer low student membership fees) for the assistance and opportunities that they provide. Those groups include: the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association , the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, the South Asian Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Even more professional organizations are listed here.