Job & Internship Search

Internship Advice

Finding an internship in this industry can be very competitive. For Journalism it will be almost impossible to find a job as a journalist without having had at least 2-3 internships (and be on the lookout for some internship deadlines in September). Apply for an internship at a smaller, local publication or TV station in your hometown. This will make you more competitive for internships at larger organizations after your junior year or post-graduation. Internships are hugely important in the field of journalism, as they provide the professional contacts and clips necessary to obtain work.

Full-time Job Advice

In this industry it is not uncommon to see post-graduate internships/programs (e.g. Page Program at NBC, Turner Trainee Team (t3) program), in addition to regular fulltime opportunities. Networking will be essential for job success. In regards to entertainment specifically for fulltime jobs you will either be looking at breaking into the business or the creative side. The business side will have more defined opportunities with specific experience needed, whereas people take many different paths to break into the creative side, and it often takes more time. You also must be comfortable starting in an entry level position and gaining valuable experience before moving upward within the organization. If interested in film or television it is common for students to move to LA right away, without a job, in order to network and find opportunities.

Application Materials

Hiring Managers may request samples of your work as well, “clips” (published article samples) or a “demo reel” (for broadcast), or a digital or hard copy of your portfolio. Faculty who know your work well can assist with selecting your best samples.

Journalism

Where Students Intern/Work:

Newspapers, magazines, broadcast news (radio & television), documentary production, and digital media.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Account Executive Media Planner
  • Art Director
  • Assignment Editor
  • Columnist
  • Copy Editor
  • Film/Television Producer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Magazine Editor
  • News Director
  • Photographer
  • Podcaster
  • Production Assistant
  • Publicist
  • Radio/Television Announcer
  • Researcher
  • Social Media Manager
  • Web Producer

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Professional Associations & Organizations: Medill School of Journalism

Film / TV

Where Students Intern/Work:

Broadcast Television Stations, Public Television Stations, Cable & Satellite Stations, Production Companies, Major Studios, Independent Film Companies.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Account Executive
  • Actor
  • Art Director
  • Assistant / Assistant Director
  • Apprentice
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Business Development Analyst
  • Camera Operator
  • Casting Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Film Development Intern
  • Makeup Artist
  • Production Assistant / Designer
  • Production Office Intern
  • Script Reader
  • Talent Management Intern
  • Talent Representative
  • Writing Assistant

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Radio / Recording

Where Students Intern/Work:

Music Labels, Record Companies, Radio Stations, Studio, Public Radio.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Artist & Repertoire Coordinator
  • Artist Relations Representative
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Business Manager
  • Mix Engineer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Music Video Director
  • Producer / Production Assistant
  • Product Developer
  • Radio Disc Jockey
  • Radio Operator
  • Recording Engineer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Studio Manager

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Sports

Where Students Intern/Work:

Professional Sports Team, Amateur Sports Team, College Sports, Newspapers, Magazines, Television, Sporting Good Companies, Sports Marketing Firms.  

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Basketball Analyst
  • Business Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Magazine Sports Editor
  • Newspaper Sports Reporter
  • Sports Journalism Writer
  • Statistician
  • Team Media Representative
  • Television Sports Broadcast Reporter
  • Ticket Expert

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Video Games

Where Students Intern/Work:

Education companies, Game developing agencies, software companies, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Sample Intern/Job Titles:

  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
  • Animator
  • Art Technician
  • Asset Manager
  • Audio Engineer
  • Composer
  • Editor
  • Engine Programmer
  • Game Designer
  • Level Programmer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Sales Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Tools Programmer
  • Writer

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