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, at companies like:
- American Film Institure
- Cartoon Network
- Chicago TribuneCNN
- Country Music Television
- National Geographic
- NBC Universal
- Windy City Live
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.
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.
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?
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.