Undergraduate Internship Program

The Department of Communication & Journalism offers undergraduate internship opportunities in our Bachelor of Arts programs. Internships provide students with valuable professional experience to compete successfully in the job market. Students apply classroom lessons while working under professional supervision at a company or organization of the student’s choice. Students not only gain work experience but establish professional contacts and build portfolios. 

Students can earn up to six credits overall in internships, but no more than three in any one semester. While internships are electives, we strongly encourage our students to complete a professional internship before graduation.

Procedures

To be eligible for internships in the Department, students must have a 2.5 GPA and have at least 9 hours (3 courses) in C&J. 

Internship opportunities are regularly posted to the undergraduate C&J list serve, the C&J Facebook page, internship book and bulletins around the Department. Students can request to be on the undergraduate C&J list serve by sending an email to our program advisement coordinator: Jessica Chavez, jflynn@unm.edu.

Students interested in specific internships need to download the Internship Application Packet.  The forms detail what is required of the student and of the on-site supervisor. It provides for verification of academic eligibility and includes a list of student responsibilities. 

Students then need to contact the company/organization directly to apply for the internship according to the employer’s procedures. This typically involves an introductory letter and a resume.

When the forms are completed by the student and the on-site supervisor, the forms are returned to Jessica Chavez, who will give the student the appropriate override to register for the internship with a specific faculty sponsor.

Interns receive 1 hour of credit for every 45 hours worked. They are limited to 3 credit hours per semester. (For spring and fall semesters, a 3-credit internship is roughly 8-9 hours per week. For summer semesters, which are shorter, a 3-credit internship may be 12-15 hours per week, depending on start and end dates.) Students may do a second internship the following semester, but cannot exceed 6 hours of internship credit toward their degree.

Students are required to keep their faculty sponsor updated periodically during the semester on how well the internship experience is proceeding. Faculty sponsors may make a mid-term check-in via phone or email with the on-site supervisor to ensure that the Department's expectations are being met.

At the end of the internship, students will turn in daily logs (documenting their work hours and tasks), a 350-650 word paper about their experience, plus work samples. Both the student AND the on-site supervisor are also required to complete a final survey.

The survey results will automatically be filed with the faculty sponsor.  Faculty sponsors are required to have an in-person meeting with their interns at the end of the semester before filing the final grade (Credit/No Credit).

Participating Companies/Organizations

A variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations are invited to participate in the C&J internship program. Internship recruitment notices should be posted as far in advance as possible to give students an opportunity to consider their opportunities and make their plans.

Recent workplace partners include:
ABQ Convention & Visitors Bureau, McKee Wallwork Cleveland, ABQ The Magazine, KOB-TV, Johnny Board LLC, Griffin & Associates, UNM Communication & Marketing Department, Sandia Preparatory School, The Garrity Group, Santa Ana Star Center/Global Spectrum, NM Child Advocacy Network, HSC-TV, KRQE-TV, Asthma Allies, ESPN Radio, Littleglobe Inc, Animal Humane NM, Environment New Mexico, Entravision Communications, Citadel Radio, UNM Theatre, and many more!

Questions?

Potential Workplace Partners should contact Michael Marcotte, Faculty Internship Coordinator, at mmarcotte@unm.edu

Students should contact Jessica Chavez, program advisement coordinator, Jessica Chavez, 277.5305