Internship Prerequisites
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (For students entering the major prior to Fall 2019)
    • Advertising Strategy:  APRD 3002 (Communication Platforms) or APRD 3003 (Strategic Communication Research Methods) or APRD 3004 (Account Management)
    • Advertising Creative: APRD 3503 (Concepting)
    • PR: APRD 3103 (Strategic Writing for PR) or APRD 3003 (Strategic Communication Research Methods)
    • Media Design: APRD 3000 (Intermediate Creative Concepts) or 3001 (Intermediate Design Concepts)
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (For students entering the major Fall 2019 and later)
    • Advertising Strategy: APRD 3002 (Communication Platforms) or APRD 3009 (Branding Solutions) or APRD 3010 (Consumer Insights)
    • Advertising Creative: APRD 3503 (Concepting)
    • PR: APRD 3103 (Strategic Writing for PR) or APRD 3104 (Digital Storytelling for PR) or APRD 3105 (Advanced PR Strategy)
    • Media Design: APRD 3400 (Concept Design) or APRD 3001 (Intermediate Design Concepts)  

 

  • Journalism
  •      o JRNL 4002 (Reporting 2) OR
  •      o JRNL 3644 (Principles of Television)

 

  • Media Studies 
    • MDST 2002 (Media and Communication History)
    • MDST 3001 (Media Research)
    • MDST 3002 (Digital Culture and Politics)

 

  • Critical Media Practices
    • CMDP 3600 (Creative Media Making)

 

  • Communication
    • Minimum 57 earned credit hours
    • 2.5 or higher cumulative overall and COMM GPA

 

  • Information Science 
    • No internship credit offered at this time

 

  • Master’s Students
    • JRNL 5001 (Media Technology Bootcamp)
    • JRNL 5011 (Newsgathering and Multimedia Storytelling)
    • JRNL 5521 (Data Journalism)
    • (COMM MA and PhD students, please contact the internship office: Christine.Mahoney@colorado.edu)
Internship Elective Course Codes

Elective Credit

  • Journalism
    • JRNL 4931 (undergraduate)
    • JRNL 5931 (graduate level)
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design
    • APRD 4931 (undergraduate)
    • APRD 5931 (graduate level)
  • Media Studies
    • MDST 4931 (undergraduate)
    • MDST 4931 (graduate level)
  • Communication
    • COMM 4930 (undergraduate)
    • COMM 5930 (graduate level)
  • Critical Media Practices
    • CMDP 4931 (undergraduate)
    • CMDP 5931 (graduate level)
  • Information Science
    • No internship credit offered at this time
Deadlines

You must report your internship online before starting work. If you do not report your internship on Handshake before starting work, we cannot count the hours previously worked toward the 50 hours/credit that is required for credit!

Intern hours must be completed during the semester in which the student receives credit. Get credit, and report your internship!

Report by the deadline, check the homepage of the internship site for each term's deadline, including summer!

Note: You must be able to complete the minimum 50 hours required between time of registration and the end of the semester.

Internships Required for Graduation

Undergradute Students

Some students are required to complete for-credit internships to graduate: Journalism and Media Studies majors.  For all others, internship credit is optional, EXCEPT for Information Science majors, who are not allowed to earn credit for internships at this time.

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design

  • APRD 4931: Beginning in fall 2018, APRD students will no longer have to complete internship credit to graduate.  Internships will become:
    • Optional rather than required
    • Be evaluated by APRD on either a pass/fail basis OR with a letter grade.  Students doing internships in APRD have the option of taking APRD 4931 for a grade or pass/fail. However the grading basis must be negotiated with the faculty supervisor since some APRD faculty members will only supervise internships taken for a pass/fail grade. Students who want to take APRD 4931 for a grade should make sure that their selected faculty supervisor is open to providing a letter grade in the course.
      • APRD Students may still complete an internship of 1-3 hours for APRD upper-division elective credit during the fall and spring semesters, and up to 6 hours during summer, corresponding to the number of hours worked (50 hours/credit).

       If the student elects not to enroll in an internship for a total of 3 hours of credit, they must substitute an upper 
       division APRD elective in its place. (This will be in addition to other required electives in the major.)

Journalism

  • JRNL 4931: All students are required to complete three internship credits to graduate.

Media Studies

  • MDST 4931: All students are required to complete three internship credits to graduate.

Graduate Students

Master's students are not required to intern to graduate, but do have the option to do an internship for credit.

Journalism

  • JRNL 5931: Fulfills one capstone requirement.

Media Studies

  • MDST 5931: Optional. See your faculty advisor.

Communication

  • COMM 5930: Optional. See your faculty advisor.
Hourly Requirements

50 hours of internship work per credit, for all majors.

  • 50 hours per semester = 1 credit hour earned
  • 100 hours per semester = 2 credit hours earned
  • 150 hours per semester = 3 credit hours earned

Fall/spring: Maximum three credits for any major.

Summer: Maximum six credits for all majors. Cost for summer credits is determined by Continuing Education.