Packet Contents

  • Prerequisites, guidelines and information on the CMCI internship process
  • Help with resumes and cover letters
  • Questions about how to navigate the job and internship database
  • Information about where to get an internship
  • Information about how to get academic credit for an internship
  • FAQ
Internship Prerequisites and Guidelines
How to Use the Internship Packet

We know this packet contains a lot of information, but we also know it contains nearly every answer to CMCI students’ questions. Good luck and contact us if you still need help!

Christine Mahoney

Are you eligible to receive the academic credit?

CMCI offers two types of internship credit: elective internship credit and required class internship credit. Internship schedules are negotiated between the student and the employer.

  1. Internship credit is given to students based on # of hours worked:
    • 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
    • Max of three credits for any major in fall/spring semesters
    • Max of six credits for any major in summer; cost in summer is per credit
  2. Employers who are hosting interns must meet certain criteria:
    • Have on-site intern supervisor/mentor
    • Have higher level of experience than student
    • Have ability to educate student on “big picture” strategy, such as how student’s work fits into overall project goals, client needs, etc.
  3. Prerequisite requirements for students admitted prior to Fall 2015:
    • Advertising: J3453 (Introduction to Creative Concepts) or J3403 (Branding and Positioning)
    • Broadcast News: J3604 (Radio/TV News Writing) and J3644 (Principles of Television Production)
    • Broadcast Production: J3644 (Principles of Television Production)
    • News Editorial: J3001 (Public Affairs Reporting) and J3552 (News Editing)
    • Public Relations Track: J3001 (Public Affairs Reporting) and J4272 (Principles of Public Relations)
    • Media Studies: See your advisor
    • Master’s Students: J5511, J5521, J5514 and/or J5552 (depending on track – see your advisor)
  4. Students must take certain prerequisite courses (beginning Fall 2015):
    • Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design
      • Advertising: APRD 3002 or 3003 or 3004
      • Public Relations: APRD 3103 (Strategic Writing for PR)
      • Media Design: APRD 3000 or 3001
    • Journalism
      • JRNL 2001 (Fundamentals of Reporting) is required, plus an additional course in advanced reporting, depending on your focus
      • Digital Students: JRNL 4002 (Reporting 2)
      • Production Students: JRNL 3644 (Principles of Television)
      • News Students: JRNL 4354 (TV Reporting)
    • Media Studies
      • MDST 2001, 2002 and 3002
    • Critical Media Practices
      • CMDP 2600 (Creative Media Making) and one production elective
    • Communication
      • Junior or senior status, typically, with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5
    • 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)
  5. Some majors require students to complete internships:
    • Journalism and Media Studies students are required to complete three internship credits to graduate
    • JRNL 4931/MDST 4931 (undergraduate) is required. Journalism students may also take Reporting 3 – JRNL 4502 (undergraduate) or Newsgathering 2 – JRNL 5502 (master’s level)
    • Master’s students are not required to intern to graduate, but do have the option to do an internship for credit
    • JRNL 5931 fulfills one capstone requirement
    • MDST 5931 and COMM 5930 are optional for master’s level students – see faculty advisor
    • APRD 5931 – see your advisor
  6. Internships are optional for students in Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design; Critical Media Practices; Information Science; and the Department of Communication

If you cannot get academic credit from CMCI and your employer requires credit, you may be able to earn academic credit from the CU Career Services office.

If you are not eligible, check out Get Involved to see other media related activities for no academic credit.

Find an Internship
  1. Create a Resume and Cover Letter
    • Get tips and examples for creating a resume and cover letter:
    • Create a draft cover letter and obtain references.
    • Schedule a resume review with Christine Mahoney, and bring a printed copy of your resume. Plan to spend about 30 minutes reviewing.
    • Upload your resume to our online system:
  2. Get an Internship

    Once you have determined you are eligible to receive academic credit and have prepared a resume and cover letter, start searching for internships.

    • Follow CMCI Internships for current job/internship postings:
    • Use your Identikey to login and search:
Internship Search Tips
  • Tip #1: Check out the FAQs for instructions on how to create an internship or job search.
  • Tip #2: When you find a job or internship you want to apply for, read the employer’s application instructions carefully. 
  • Tip #3: If you do not find an internship on Handshake, you should SEARCH the web and apply to individual companies and organizations in which you are interested.

Note: Employers must comply with CMCI Internship Requirements outlined in our Legal Policies. Not all jobs on the CMCI Career Buffs website may qualify. Contact  Christine Mahoney if you have questions about eligibility.

Deadlines, Get Academic Credit and Your Grade

If you do not report your internship online before starting your internship, you will not receive credit! No retroactive credit given!

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.

  • Find and meet with a faculty supervisor to request faculty supervision (can be any full-time professor in your sequence/major).
  • Report your internship online (Mandatory!)
  • Be sure to select the appropriate term, i.e., fall/spring/summer, and course code and report at the start of internship!
  1. Report your internship for academic credit.

    Use your Identikey to login and report on Handshake. Be sure to select the appropriate term (fall/spring/summer) and course code when reporting your internship.

    • For elective internship credit (for example, JRNL 4931), choose a faculty supervisor—a full-time professor in your sequence. Contact that professor in person or via email and request their supervision of your internship, discuss supervisory requirements and then put that professor’s name on your online internship report.  (NOTE:  COMM students doing for-credit internships are all supervised by the same COMM professor.  Contact to see which professor is supervising COMM students this term).
    • Login with your Identikey.
    • On the left-hand menu bar, click “I want to… Report an Internship for Credit.”
    • Complete all fields, including faculty supervisor, work supervisor, the term in which you will be completing your internship, and the type of class credit you need (e.g.: Your major code/elective 4931 or 4930).
    • Complete the Educational Objectives section.
    • Complete the Internship Learning Plan.
    • Your faculty supervisor, internship employer and the assistant dean will be prompted via email to confirm your internship and register you for credit. You will be prompted via email to confirm your faculty supervisor’s requirements. You must approve to receive credit.
    • You will receive an email confirmation from Christine Mahoney once you are registered for credit. Note: Summer interns will receive a bill from Continuing Education and must pay the balance before credit will appear on degree audit.
  2. Evaluations: How is your internship grade determined?

    Even though your internship employer recommends a grade, your faculty supervisor determines your final internship grade. He/she uses the following information to determine your grade:

    • Your compliance with his or her faculty supervision requirements.
    • Your employer’s midterm and final evaluation of your performance. Your internship employer will be prompted via email to complete midterm and final evaluations. (You do not need to send evaluations – the internship office will do this.)

    You will evaluate or “rate” your own internship online at the end of semester using the Internship Evaluation Form. You will be prompted via email to complete this form. Thank you for your participation!

  1. Wednesday Workshops

    W2s address various career topics and speakers on Wednesday afternoons or evenings in the Armory. See our events calendar on Facebook.

  2. Lending Library

    A “lending library” (see Christine) offers resources on resume writing, interview tips, career paths and more.

  3. Interview Prep

    Contact Christine Mahoney for tips on how to prepare for phone interviews and/or in-person interviews. Set up an appointment for a mock interview if you want to practice.

  4. Job Hunting Materials

    CMCI has a number of job hunting resources broken down by industry. Check our Pinterest boards for individual industry job listings.

  5. Social Media

Make sure to stay connected. Pinterest boards include Scholarships, Portfolio Options, Washington, D.C. internships, Reporting 3/News Gathering 2 internships, job hunting resources and more.


CU Career Services Internship Credit

If you cannot earn CMCI Internship Credit, to fulfill your employer’s credit requirements, you may be able to earn credit through CU Career Services. CU Career Services operates on a strict deadline and you will need to call the CU Career Services Help Desk (303-492-4100) or General Information (303-492-6541), to confirm the deadline and to get registered.

  1. CSVC, the Career Services internship, carries 1 semester hour of credit that is pass/fail and does not, under any circumstances, count toward your degree requirements. If you pass the class the grade will not affect your GPA. However, if you fail the course (by not submitting required coursework) that will impact your GPA.
  2. Because CSVC does not count toward your degree requirements, we ask that you try to get credit through your academic department first. The paperwork required for the class asks you to confirm you investigated your options for receiving credit through your department and have been rejected (a conversation with your academic advisor meets this requirement).
  3. You must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to participate in this course. This stipulation is the only requirement to enroll and unfortunately cannot be waived. In summer, you must be enrolled full-time the following fall to receive summer internship credit through Career Services.

This plan requires you and your supervisor to fill out an online internship learning plan at the beginning of the semester to get enrolled and evaluations at the end of the semester. There is no class time for this course, just the forms.

If you have questions, please contact Dylan Mark.

If you are receiving credit through Career Services, this credit will not count toward your major and you will not need to report your internship to Christine Mahoney or get faculty approval/supervision. 

Education Abroad Internships
Internship Cost

The cost of your internship is included in normal tuition rates for full-time students, both in-state and out-of-state. If you are a part-time student, a student taking an internship for credit post-graduation or a student taking an internship in the summer, you will pay per credit through Continuing Education.

If you have additional tuition questions, please call the Bursar’s Office at (303) 492-5381.


To view frequently asked questions and answers, please visit our FAQ page.