Employers expect online journalism, news editorial, photojournalism, converged media, advertising and public relations students to have had at least one internship by graduation. Internships offer students opportunities to use their skills in a real-world context, gain experience and build their portfolio. A successful internship indicates the applicant has the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to be successful in the workplace.

The journalism department helps arrange internships to match students’ career interests and goals. Students have completed internships in the media and related industries locally, nationally and internationally.

Online Journalism

Students have interned at The Big Rapids Pioneer, Heritage Media, Michigan Hockey magazine, CBS Interactive and Gamestop Magazine.​​

News Editorial

Internships include The Associated Press, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, BlackBook, and the exchange program between the journalism program and the China Daily, in which the intern lives and works in Beijing, China.


Internships completed by students include The George Moses Company, CMU Athletics, Warner Music Group and Parsons & Maxon, Inc.

Public Relations

Student have completed internships with the Detroit Pistons, the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Zoo, Michigan House of Representatives, American Red Cross, Link Community Development in London, England and numerous other PR agencies.


Student have interned at Pear Creative, the Midland Daily News, Traverse Magazine, Saginaw News, Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle, Detroit Lions and the Sydney Daily News in Sydney, Australia. ​​​​​​​​​​