Preparing for a Career in Media
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Preparing for a career in media starts day one. We encourage students to learn the skills they need to be competitive in their field, no matter what changes may happen in the world of technology. Students are given several opportunities to learn outside of the classroom in leadership roles, through mentorships, internships, and through the various professional development opportunities offered by the college and SIU's Career Development Center.
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.
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.
What is an Internship?
- An internship is a part-time or full-time assignment during the academic year or the summer months in which you receive supervised, practical training in your field of study.
- You will perform work for the internship site just as a regular employee would, although generally with closer supervision, where a final assignment or evaluation may be required to receive credit.
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.
- There may be other, more detailed guidelines to follow in your department.
Many internship sites and partners will also arrange for not-for-credit internships. These arrangements will usually be handled by SIU's Career Development Center. They have 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.
They can also help with:
- Building a resume or cover letter, from start to finish
- Practice Interview Skills
- Check-out (and keep) professional attire for an interview or special event
- Or doing other career exploration exercises to help plan for your future