Professional internships play a key role in the education of each student in Kent State's School of Media and Journalism.
A professionally supervised internship in a student's chosen field of study is essential to academic and professional development and is a graduation requirement.
Special announcement: Internship Info Session
Join us for our annual Internship Help Session Thursday, Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m., in 340 Franklin (FirstEnergy Interactive Auditorium) and here if you wish to join on Teams.
MDJ internship coordinators will be there to explain the internship process, show you how to apply, offer tips on finding internships and answer your questions. It's open to anyone, freshman through senior, though it's especially aimed at those who have completed the prerequisite courses and are planning to do their internship this spring or summer.
Requirements by Major
Students should speak with the internship coordinator for their major about questions regarding internship approval, the application process and more.
Contact: Associate Professor Evan Bailey (email@example.com, 301D Franklin Hall, 330-672-7361)
DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION
Contact: Professor Jeff Fruit (firstname.lastname@example.org, 305C Franklin Hall, 330-672-0890)
Contact: Associate Professor Mitch McKenney (email@example.com, 204C Franklin Hall, 330-672-3665)
Contact: Professor Stefanie Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org, 301H Franklin Hall, 330-672-2463)
School of Media and Journalism Internship Policy
- All Kent State University School of Media and Journalism 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.
- We require 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 School of Media and Journalism internship website. Once approved, we 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 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.