Looking for an internship?
An internship is a hands-on experience in a professionally supervised environment where a savvy mass communication student puts classroom learning to practical use. Available in all areas of mass communication: digital advertising, journalism, political communication, public relations, digital, social media or a combination.
- Gain a better understanding of your field
- Develop a network of potential employers
- Strengthen your resume and make you more competitive on the job market
To find an internship:
- Speak to the School’s internship coordinator
- Browse the internship database
- Talk to professionals who are guest lecturers in your classes or group meetings
- Ask family and friends
To earn course credit for an internship:
A for-credit internship (MC3998) may count as a mass communication elective for three credit hours and will be graded pass/fail. Prerequisites to take an undergraduate internship for credit are:
- 60 hours or more of coursework
- GPA of 3.0 or better
- Completion of 12 hours in the Manship School not counting MC 2000 but including the first course in your concentration
You must register to take an internship for class credit. The School’s internship application is the first step: Click here to log on to MYLSU and access the application. On the Dashboard you will be linked through MYLSU; fill in the information required. Your completed application will be routed to the appropriate area head, who will contact your internship employer or supervisor to verify the job description. When the internship is approved, the information is sent to counselor Helen Taylor to verify course prerequisites and GPA. She will register you for MC 3998 and you, the area head, and the internship coordinator will get an e-mail. Soon after, your area head will send an email detailing your internship obligations which include a mid-term evaluation and a final evaluation and paper.
Expectations of a for-credit internship:
- Must complete 240 hours of internship work. This usually means 15 hours per week during fall and spring semesters; 28 hours during summer. Your internship supervisor is required to certify this amount of work.
- Must register for the internship through the online internship system by the last day to add courses for that semester. Please allow at least 2 days for verification with internship supervisors and counselors.
- Must complete midterm and final evaluations online. Must complete and submit online an internship paper as assigned by your area head.
The Manship School encourages internships that are supervised in person. Therefore, internships for digital entities that are done remotely from the supervisor may not be approved to earn credit. The approval of such internships will be at the discretion of the area heads in consultation with the associate dean for undergraduate studies.
Internship Location & Supervisor Requirements
The Manship School encourages internships with professional outlets – businesses and organizations that are devoted to or have a component unit dedicated to the mass communication industry. Internships should also promote writing and processes that follow mass communication professional norms. Additionally, the supervisor must be a professional in the mass communication field or have served as the communications person within his/her place of employment.
Student Media/Student Organizations
A Student Media job or a student organization position may not receive credit as an internship. The school defines an internship-for-credit as an experience beyond the boundaries of the Manship School—whether in another campus unit or outside the university in a real-world, professional setting.