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Our Internships

Students are encouraged to participate in internships to gain practical experience, develop their professional networks, and explore career paths in their fields. Internships are available at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

MCMA students have interned in all sectors of media industries, including:

  • recording studios
  • radio stations
  • film production houses
  • photography studios
  • broadcast companies
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • advertising firms

Students have interned with Country Music Television, AFI, Telemundo, NBC Universal, CNN, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. Students regularly intern in major cities around the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

What is an Internship?

  • An internship is a part-time or full-time job during the academic year or the summer months in which you receive supervised, practical training in your field of study.
  • Internships are usually related to your academic and career goals, and may serve as a precursor to professional employment.
  • Some internships feature very close supervision by a mentor in an apprenticeship-like relationship.
  • You will perform work for the internship site just as a regular employee would, although generally with closer supervision. And, just like an employee, you should report on time and as scheduled, taking your duties and assignments seriously.

Receiving Academic Credit

If you are looking to apply for an internship for credit, there are a few things to consider. 

  • Some companies only allow internships for credit, whether paid or unpaid.
  • When completing an internship for credit, there may be tuition assessed.
  • Consult with your Academic Advisor and department chair or school director.

Other Internship/Externship Options

The Career Development Center has a number of resources to help you search and apply for internship and externship opportunities if you are simply looking for further experience in your industry. They can help establish connections and make sure all paper work is in order for you to begin. 

Unsure where to start?

Contact the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Rita Medina, at rita.medina@siu.edu or your academic adviser for more information.

Faculty and staff help support students in their internships searches and professional development. Whether students need assistance beginning their internship search, writing a resume and cover letter, or understanding the variety of internship opportunities, we are here to provide support each step of the way.