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Internship Outcomes

247

students received academic credit for their internships during the 2017-18 academic year

189

unique for-profit and non-profit organizations provided internships to College of Commmunication students in 2017-18

A total of 247 College of Communication students participated in academic internships during the 2017-18 academic year, 19 of whom were graduate students. A majority of students (84 percent) found internships with for-profit businesses, and 16 percent of students interned for non-profit organizations. A sampling of the 189 internship providers includes:

  • Crate & Barrel
  • LiveNation/House of Blues
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
  • NBC Sports Chicago
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • PAWS Chicago
  • Bandwidth Marketing
  • The City of Chicago
  • PeopleScout
  • H2 Public Relations
  • Paradigm Talent Agency

About 36 percent of students had paid internship positions, which marks a 3 percent increase from the 2016-17 academic year. 

Undergraduate Internships

$12.88

Average hourly pay for undergraduate interns

6%

increase in average hourly pay from 2016-17

Our undergraduate internship opportunities were most prevalent for Public Relations and Advertising majors at 53 percent, followed by:

  • Communication Studies majors (16 percent)
  • Journalism majors (14 percent) 
  • Communication and Media majors (12 percent)
  • Organizational Communication majors (3 percent)
  • Media and Cinema Studies majors (2 percent)

These figures are from a pool of 228 undergraduate students.

Graduate Internships

$15.88

Average hourly pay for graduate student interns

13%

increase in average hourly pay from 2016-17

Graduate students also found opportunities to work in professional internships in their fields of study. Journalism internships led at 32 percent, followed by:

  • Public Relations and Advertising; Communication and Media (26 percent)
  • Health Communication (11 percent)
  • Digital Communication and Media Arts (5 percent)

These figures are from a pool of 19 graduate students.

Updated on August 16, 2018​​