Master of Journalism Internship FAQs

What is an Internship and why should I take one?

An internship is an opportunity for you to work in your chosen profession before you graduate from college. It’s a real job, in the real world, where you get to apply the lessons you have learned in the classroom. Internships provide three important benefits that will help you improve your employment opportunities:

  1. you gain valuable experience
  2. you strengthen your resume
  3. you establish professional contacts in your field

An internship is a great way to get a JOB.
Also, some Journalism Department sequences require internships for graduations.

Who qualifies for an internship?

Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate majors in the Journalism program. Undergraduates should be either juniors or seniors, with at least a 3.0 GPA and two courses completed in the subject area. Exceptions can be made if a student demonstrates exceptional ability or proficiency in an area. For example, if your overall GPA is below 3.0, but your GPA in the major is very good, you might qualify. If you are a sophomore with an extremely high GPA, you might qualify. If you are close to qualifying, contact Professor Odom to discuss your situation.

When should I consider an internship?

As soon as you join the Journalism program. During your first and second years at Temple, you should spend time learning about internships – what’s available, what interests you. Then you can work one into your schedule by taking the appropriate classes, blocking the time out in your schedule, etc.

Where are the internships located and when do I take them?

Everywhere! Some internships are in New York, some are in Harrisburg or Trenton or in Denver or Washington, D.C. The vast majority of Journalism program offerings are in the tri-state area, particularly in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs and in South Jersey. Internships are available in the Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.

Does the internship count as a course?

Yes. It’s a regular, undergraduate Journalism program course (Journalism program 3885), and also a graduate course (Journalism program 5986). You can take the course for one, two or three credits if you are an undergraduate and up to four credits if you are a graduate student, depending on your needs, the number of hours you work and your work plans. Student interns receiving three course credits should work a minimum of 12 to 15 hours per week through the term.

However since undergraduates can receive a maximum of three internship credits and graduate students can receive a maximum of four, student interns — thinking ahead to a second or third internship, often chose to register for fewer credits than they are eligible to earn.

Can I work as an intern without registering for (or earning) course credit?

Sure. But some employers require that students earn course credit for their internships and so sometimes “saving” your credits can be a good idea.

What if I’ve used up all my course credits and a great internship opportunity comes my way?

In some cases, students who’ve used all their internship credits can take an internship as an Independent Study supervised by a faculty member. That requires special permission from a faculty member.

Can I find something in my field or area of interest?

That depends on you. In the past, the program has included internships in a wide variety of Journalism program-related areas: newspapers, on-line publications, magazines, radio stations, television stations, wire service bureaus, in-house communications. Students have worked at non-profit and for-profit companies; the local, states and federal government. Our department even had a student spend a term working at the White House.

I’ve got a very busy schedule – can I afford to take an internship?

Can you afford NOT to take an internship? This is your chance get a “foot in the door” in the professional world. Many internship sponsors are flexible, and will accommodate your hectic schedule. And some internships are PAID – so you can get course work and a paycheck at the same time.

Where do I go to find out what internships are available?

Begin by thinking about your skills and interests – what do YOU want to do? Talk to a member of the Journalism program faculty about the field you are considering: the skills needed, the daily work activity, etc. If possible, talk to a professional already working in the field. Once you have narrowed down your career path, moniter the student Listserv, contact your dream employer and search the Internet. Opportunities also are posted on a third-floor bulletin board. In addition, there is also an online Journalism program Internship Database which can be accessed using the (case sensitive) username: JournalismRead and the Password: jrnintern2007.

What if I have my own idea for an internship opportunity?

Some students already have professional connections. That’s great! If you think that you have an internship opportunity, talk with Professor Odom about it. Keep in mind, however, that the work must be with a legitimate communications-related organization or the internship must be related to the fields covered in Journalism program courses.

How do I register?

Contact Professor Odom (e-mail her at or phone at 215-204-4267, or stop by the internship office at Annenberg 311) to schedule a meeting time. The office hours are posted each semester. Professor Odom will give you the registration forms and direct you to the internship packet that explains the student interns’ course requirements. The Journalism Internship Packet is available on line for you to download via Acrobat Reader. Please see the top of this page for access. It is best to start making your plans during the term before you plan to take the internship, but you can contact Prof. Odom any time during the term to set up a meeting.

I’m still not sure, and I think I need more information. What should I do?

You might want to talk directly to students who have already experienced Journalism program internships. Click here to review comments from previous Journalism program interns.

You should also take some time to go through the internship opportunity listings, or, again, get in touch with Prof. Maida Odom. When in doubt, find out more! And remember, an internship is one of THE best ways to help get a job when you graduate.