SJSU students majoring in Advertising, Journalism and Public Relations are required, as part of their degree program, to work a 240-hour professional internship. The company and location is selected by the student from a wide range of pre-approved traditional and new media opportunities.
Students must successfully complete prerequisite coursework in their majors, meet minimum grade point average requirements, and submit a completed Internship Agreement, signed by faculty advisors and on-site professional supervisors before the internship may be started.
The School requires that internships be paid experiences, and the student be reimbursed at least the cost of registering for this academic credit experience.
Student progress during the internship is carefully monitored by School faculty and on-site supervisors. Examples of professional efforts generated by students (i.e. copies of news stories or clippings, online postings, press releases, tape productions, etc.) must be submitted to the School, during the internship, for review and evaluation. And post-internship supervisor evaluations are required.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is proud to report that SJSU students consistently receive the highest commendation for top quality service in all professional media internships.