Internship Resources

Professional internships play a key role in the education of each student in Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

A professionally supervised internship in a student's chosen field of study is essential to academic and professional development and is a graduation requirement.

Requirements by Major

Students should speak with the internship coordinator for their major about questions regarding internship approval, the application process and more.

Advertising

Contact: Assistant Professor Chance York (cyork8@kent.edu, 304D Franklin Hall, 330-672-7509)

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DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

Contact: Associate Professor Joe Murray (gmurray@kent.edu, 101G Franklin Hall, 330-672-1914)

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Journalism

Contact: Associate Professor Mitch McKenney (mmckenne@kent.edu, 204C Franklin Hall, 330-672-3665)

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

Contact: Associate Professor Stefanie Moore (smoore1@kent.edu, 301H Franklin Hall, 330-672-2463)

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JMC Internship Policy

  • All Kent State University JMC undergraduate students are required to complete an internship.
  • For students to receive credit, the internship must be in the student’s chosen major and supervised by a professional in the student’s field of study.
  • JMC requires all internship work experiences be off-campus, with the exception of Digital Media Production internships. DMP allows on- campus internships under certain circumstances.
  • One credit hour will be earned for 150 hours of internship work. Students in Journalism, Digital Media Production and Public Relations are required to earn one credit hour. 
  • Advertising students are required are required to complete two credit hours of internship. This requirement, unique to Advertising, can be met by taking a 300-hour internship for two credit hours or two 150-hour internships for one credit hour each.
  • Multiple internships are encouraged for all students.
  • An internship cannot be taken for credit until specific prerequisite courses are completed.
  • Students must carry a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  • After a student has obtained an internship, the student applies for approval on the JMC internship website. Once approved, JMC will email the student with instructions on how to register for the internship credit. A student should not commit to an internship until the on-line application has been approved.
  • The internship coordinators for each sequence listed above approve all JMC internships.
  • Progress reports with work samples from students are required. An on-site supervisor’s evaluation follows the student’s internship. These reports are filed online, on the internship website.
  • Grading is S for satisfactory completion and U for unsatisfactory completion.