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Finding an Internship

DePaul has a number of resources to help you find relevant and exciting internships and earn academic credit! First, the College of Communication internship program curates industry-specific internship listings, several of which come directly from employers who want to hire majors from our College. Additionally, the Career Center manages DePaul's Handshake database, where you can search for off-campus job and internship opportunities across the city and beyond. Finally, our Communication Weebly page highlights new opportunities each week, including recent postings from the websites above and relevant openings from other job boards outside of DePaul. 

The majority of opportunities at the above links will be eligible for credit through the College of Communication Internship Program. If you happen to find an internship on your own, this may count for credit as long as it meets the internship standards specified below.

Additional strategies for finding an internship include:

  • working with the Communication Internship Program Director, Michael Elias, to identify a position that best fits your professional interests.
  • talking with your professors about professional contacts they have in the Chicago area.
  • speaking with classmates about their internship experiences.
  • joining or participating in activities and networking events sponsored by College of Communication student organizations 

College of Communication students have interned in a variety of organizations. In the 2018-2019 academic year, these included ABC7 Chicago, Allied Global Marketing, American Red Cross, Chicago Fire, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Edelman PR, Facets Multimedia, Goodman Theatre, Havas, House of Blues Chicago, Hoy, iO Comedy Network, Ketchum, Live Nation, Margie Korshak Inc., Museum of Contemporary Art, NBC Universal, PAWS, Shedd Aquarium, Skirt PR, Southwest Airlines, Turner Media, Weigel Broadcasting, WGN-TV, WTTW, and many more!

Resume Review

Before applying for internships, it's important to have a polished, up-to-date resume. There are many resources available at DePaul to help you create or update your resume and other application materials, including:

Option 1: Meet with Michael Elias, College of Communication Internship Director

Request an appointment with Michael Elias, Director of Internships, at melias@depaul.edu to discuss your resume in depth.

Option 2: Access resources at the DePaul Career Center

Take advantage of the resources available through DePaul's Career Center, including online tips and strategies and in-person advising available through drop-in career coaching​ hours. 

Internship Standards

To count for credit through the Communication Internship Program, a position must carry significant responsibilities in the student’s field of study. The position must also involve substantial interaction with professional staff and/or supervisory personnel who can provide guidance and mentoring. Additionally, an internship:

  • must be a significant position which gives the student an opportunity to explore career development issues and interests.
  • must run for at least 10 weeks, or the full quarter that student intends to use the internship for academic credit.
  • must include a minimum of 10 hours per week at the internship site. If the internship is unpaid, the maximum number of works hours should not exceed 20/week; if the internship is paid, the maximum number of work hours is determined by mutual agreement between the supervisor and intern.
  • must include at least two learning objectives/responsibilities that provide experience in the student’s major.
  • should not entail more than 25% clerical work.
  • must be performed in a workplace/business environment—not in a private home​.

For More Information

If you have questions about participating in the Communication Internship Program, please contact Internship Program Director Michael Elias at melias@depaul.edu or by phone at (312) 362-7988.