What are the 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 Public Relations) or APRD 3003 (Strategic Communication Research Methods)
    • Media Design: APRD 3000 (Intermediate Creative Concepts) or 3001 (Visual Design)
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (For students entering the major Fall 2019 and later)
    • Advertising Strategy: APRD 3002 (Communication Platforms) or APRD 3009 (Brand Solutions) or APRD 3010 (Consumer Insights)
    • Advertising Creative: APRD 3503 (Concepting)
    • PR: APRD 3013 (Strategic Writing for Public Relations) or APRD 3104 (Digital Storytelling for Public Relations) or APRD 3105 (Public Relations Strategy and Implementation)
    • Media Design: APRD 3400 (Concept Design) or APRD 3001 (Visual Design)  


  • Journalism  (JRNL majors or minors need to have passed at least one course on this list with a C- or better.)

●             4002 Reporting 2

●             3674 TV Production 2

●             4354 TV Reporting

●             3402 Social Media Storytelling

●             3552 Editing and Presentation

●             4344 Video Documentary Production

●             4602 Opinion Writing

●             4614 Advanced Audio Practices

●             4802 Feature Writing

●             4822 Reporting on the Environment


  • 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) and one production elective


  • 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 (Precision Journalism)
    • COMM MA and PhD students, please contact Christine.Mahoney@colorado.edu  
How do I create an internship/job search?

Create a Search

Visit Handshake and make sure your profile is complete.

Make sure to include your:

  • Graduation date
  • GPA
  • Resume (Optional)

Need a resume review? Contact Career Services or  Christine Mahoney

Select Job and Internships on the left-hand navigation menu. From here, select options to narrow your search:

  • To search for jobs using keywords, use the search box at the top of the page. Enter a few keywords and select Search. 
  • Use filters and create a saved search. For example, if you are looking for a summer internship in a specific city, you can set these as filters in your search. 
  • To sort listings, use the drop down arrow next to the Sort By: Relevancy button on the top right-hand corner. Click on the arrow and select the basis for your sorted job list from the options provided.
  • Click on the drop down arrow just to the right of the criteria you’d like to filter. Options to select will appear. Select your options and click on Search at the top of the page. You may select as many options as you need, including your major.

Save your search!

  • To save a custom search, simply select your filter options and perform your search. Click on Save these filters. Enter the name and description of your search and click Save. It will now appear under My Saved Filters. To view jobs based on one of your saved lists, click on that list from My Saved Filters. To learn more about Saved Searches read How do I save a search?
  • You can also create a filter for Favorited Jobs. If you favorite a group of jobs, you can return to the list at any point by clicking My Favorite Jobs to view your job notifications.
How do I report my internship for credit?

Use the online Internship Packet for step-by-step directions on how to report your internship online to receive academic credit. You may pick up a paper copy of the packet in the CMCI Advising Office, suite 110E, gate three.

I haven't had many (or any) jobs - what can I put on my resume?

Think about how your current or past activities might relate to your major. Participate in campus activities and join relevant student organizations, get involved with student media and communication organizations. Write for the CU Independent. Put these things on your resume! Schedule an appointment with Christine Mahoney, career and internship coordinator, to have your resume reviewed and to brainstorm

Do I need an internship to graduate?

Certain students are required to complete for-credit internships to graduate:

  • Journalism and Media Studies students are required to complete three internship credits to graduate
  • JRNL 4931/MDST 4931 (undergraduate) is required
  • COMM 4931 is not required, but is encouraged
  • JRNL 5931 (master’s level) is one of three capstone courses students may choose; see your advisor to discuss options
  • MDST 5931 and COMM 5930 are optional, see you advisor to discuss options
  • APRD: Beginning in fall 2018, students in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (APRD) will no longer have to complete internship credit to graduate.  Internships will become: 
    • Optional rather than required
    • Be evaluated by APRD on a pass/fail (P/F) basis rather than with a letter grade.
      • 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.

How do I figure out my internship schedule?

Your schedule is between you and your employer. Keep a timecard or log your hours, so you’re sure you can complete the required number of hours for your desired credit. In general, take the number of hours you will work per week, multiply by the number of weeks—that number is your total amount of hours. There are also copies of internship hourly logs outside Armory 1B16—take one!

How many hours do I have to intern per week?

50 hours of internship work per credit, for all majors. Max of three credits for any major in fall/spring semesters, and max of six credits in summer; cost in summer is per credit.

  • 50 hours per semester = 1 credit hour earned
  • 100 hours per semester = 2 credit hours earned
  • 150 hours per semester = 3 credit hours earned
How can I find internships and jobs that I like?

Create an email alert so that jobs and internships are emailed to you. Use the Internship Packet for directions on how to use the CMCI Career Services website and job database, or sign up for another career opportunity website such as Gannett, Meredith and other job boards. Follow CMCI Internships and Careers on social media:

When can I start interning for academic credit?

Typically, you need to wait until you’ve taken your sequence’s prerequisite courses, so you’ll probably start interning junior or senior year, although some students are able to intern earlier if their prerequisites are satisfied. Visit the online Internship Packet and see Internship Guidelines for more information about if you can get credit for an internship.

How and when do I apply for internships? What about national internships? I've heard those deadlines are different.

You’re right—national internships often have earlier deadlines for internships. Check employer websites and our Pinterest boards. For internships listed on Handshake, follow the application instructions listed online. Usually, employers want you to email a resume and cover letter … and maybe your writing clips and/or your portfolio or website.

CMCI Internships


I've heard you can't get credit for paid internships. Is this true?

Not true! You can get both credit and a paycheck. It’s the best scenario out there. You can create a search for “paid only” internships online, by selecting “does this pay at least minimum wage?” and choosing “yes” from the drop-down menu. Create your search on Handshake.


What are the deadlines? When do I need to report my internship? Can I do it after I start?

No – you must report your internship online before you start work. Otherwise, we can’t count your hours toward your credit requirements. You must be working with a faculty supervisor throughout your entire internship to receive full credit. No retroactive credit will be issued!

There is a deadline to report your internship on Handshake each fall, spring and summer!  You must report your internship by the deadline listed on the homepage of the intenrship site, to receive credit for that term.  This deadline is typically aligned with the drop deadline each term, about two weeks into each term.  Be sure to check the exact date, posted on the homepage of the internship site.

Report for Credit

I reported my elective internship online, but where is the credit on my degree audit?

It’s probably just “in progress.” Your faculty supervisor will approve online, then your employer. Then, you’ll be asked to approve the faculty supervision requirements via email from Christine Mahoney. Then, you’ll be registered for credit. (In summer, you must pay for the credit before you’ll see it on your degree audit. We’ll email payment instructions once the internship is approved online.) Christine will email confirmation once you are all set! 

I can't find the paper form for faculty supervision - where is it?

It’s now online! There’s no more paper form! Meet with or email the professor you would like to have supervise your internship and get the “OK.” Then, report the internship online and list that professor in the appropriate section (faculty supervision). Your professor will write-in his/her requirements, and you’ll be asked via email to approve. Then, we’ll get you registered for credit.

Note: COMM students, your faculty supervisor is Ruth Hickerson.

Report for Credit

How can I get connected to the internship office?

Follow us!

Are there ways for me to gain experience before I intern?

Yes! Get involved! Write for the CU Independent, join Ad Club or CMCI Governing Board, CU Sports Mag, Radio 1190 or CU Science Update to get more media experience now. You can visit Christine Mahoney in Armory 1B16 for advice on careers, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, social media profiles... or just to chat about your media-related goals, dreams and ambitions. You can also attend Wednesday Workshops.

Where do CU CMCI students intern?

All over the place! More than 300 CMCI students interned in 2014-15! While the majority worked in Colorado, we also had students interning in places like California, Florida, Las Vegas, Texas and even Norway. Big name internships include all the TV network affiliates in Denver, CBS San Diego, High Noon Entertainment, NBC News Washington, D.C., Karsh/Hagan, Egg Strategy, Victors & Spoils, the Integer Group, Warner Brothers and Warren Miller Entertainment.

What types of careers can I pursue?

Now is the perfect time to explore your options. Consume as much media as you can. Produce your own. Write a blog. Expose yourself to all types of organizational communication, public relations and non-profit work. Keep an open mind about your educational journey and career. Let us know how we can help!

My employer requires that I show proof of college credit before they approve my application - what do I do?

Contact the internship coordinator and we will provide you a form letter you can give to your employer.

What assignments do I need to complete for the internship program?

It depends on which faculty supervisor you choose. When you approve your online internship report, you’ll be able to review your faculty supervisor’s academic requirements, which range from reflection papers to portfolios.

Note: COMM students, your faculty supervisor is Ruth Hickerson. COMM assignments usually include a blog or journal, an annotated bibliography, a response paper to the book Intern Nation and a final report about your internship experiences.

How is my internship graded?

All Journalism and Media Studies internships are graded. Your internship grade is determined based on a combination of your compliance with your faculty supervisor’s requirements and your employer’s evaluations and recommendations.

All Communication and Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design internships are graded pass/fail.

Do the credits I earn count toward my COMM major?

No, internships and pass/fail courses do not count toward the 33 credit hours required for the major.

What is the cost for internship credits during the summer?

Cost for summer credits is determined by Continuing Education.

What should I do if I am let go from my internship, or decide to leave on my own?

Any student who is terminated from (or chooses to leave) a for-credit internship prior to completing the required hours must notify the internship office immediately: Christine.Mahoney@colorado.edu   The student must also notify the faculty supervisor/professor overseeing the internship.  Early termination can impact the student’s internship grade or pass/fail.  The internship office and faculty member will determine amount of credit, if any, that can be earned, based on hours worked before termination of the internship.  The internship office would then notify CMCI’s Assistant Dean and credit registration would be amended on the student’s degree audit.  In certain cases, the student’s academic advisor may also be notified and involved.