Internship Program Information

An academic internship through the School of Communications Center for Portfolio Development & Internships (The Center) is your chance to dive into your chosen field and gain valuable experience. It's an opportunity that bridges the academic and professional worlds, and one that shouldn't be missed.

The Center for Portfolio Development & Internships assists more than 150 undergraduate students within 16 different majors each year in securing internships across the country. Internships can be paid or unpaid, depending upon the organization. Students may complete internships in all three academic semesters (fall, spring, and summer).

To ensure students are prepared for their internship, The Center works hard to:

  • Provide career path advice to students
  • Match students with internships based upon skill set and interest
  • Provide students with the resources necessary to achieve success

Internships are available in production houses and studios, agencies, health care, sports entertainment, non-profit organizations, educational environments, commercial studios, publications, radio, television, corporate settings, and cultural institutions.

Each year the Center invites a sampling of these groups and organizations to the St. Louis home campus for an Internship Expo. Through the Internship Expo students can meet a variety of professionals, begin networking, and even obtain an internship.

All undergraduate students who participate in a School of Communications-approved, credit-bearing internship by partnering with the Center for Portfolio Development & Internships:

  • Intern under the supervision of an intern supervisor/mentor who is an established professional in his or her field/industry, and who has significant professional experience and preferably a degree/certification in the student's area of study
  • Intern at an organization that provides a dedicated commercial work space and all necessary equipment for student intern to perform his or her duties, tasks, and assignment
  • Gain opportunities to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and engage in projects/tasks that contribute to students professional development
  • Perform a minimum of 192 hours during internship, and meet the course requirements for MEDC 4950 Internship, including monthly seminars
  • Receive a grade based 50 percent on academic work and 50 percent on evaluation by the internship supervisor