A total of 295 students participated in academic internships during the 2016–2017 academic year, 33 of whom were graduate students. This was a 10.5% increase in the total number from the previous academic year.
Our undergraduate internship opportunities were most prevalent for Public Relations and Advertising majors at 62%, followed by Communication Studies majors at 17%, and Journalism majors at 11%. These figures are from a pool of 262 undergraduate students.
Graduate students also found opportunity to work in professional internships in their fields of study, led by Public Relations and Advertising internships at 42.5% and Journalism internships at 33%. These figures are from a pool of 33 graduate students.
Our students overwhelmingly found internships with for-profit businesses at 70.17%, with 18.64% of students interning for nonprofits.
Offerings of paid internships have increased 6.24% compared to the 2015–2016 academic year, with 35.25% of our students in paid roles versus unpaid 64.75%. Paid undergraduate internships averaged a rate of $12.14 per hour, while graduate internships average a rate of $14.10 per hour.