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Graduate Internship Program

​​​​​​Graduate students can hone their professional skills through a 10-week internship while taking a course, concurrently, that combines work and learning. The experience allows them to take advantage of Chicago’s thriving communication industry while working with experienced professionals. While internships are not required at the graduate level, they are incredibly beneficial for exploring academic interests in a professional environment, gaining experience, and positioning oneself for post-graduate success.

Getting Started

Step 1: Request Access to an Online Orientation Session

Once enrolled in the Orientation through D2L, you can participate at your convenience. The Orientation session will provide information on the following:

  • How to earn academic credit for one or more internships
  • Proven methods to find your ideal internship — or future job — through DePaul-sponsored and external resources (if you do not already have an internship)
  • Information about CMN 591

Program Requirements

Prior to participating in the Communication Internship Program, students must:

  • Complete in the online graduate internship orientation session
  • Complete a minimum of two courses in their graduate program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in their graduate coursework

If you meet the above requirements and already have an internship lined up, please continue to Step 2 as instructed in How to Apply for Internship Credit.

If you meet the above requirements and are still searching for an internship, use the link below to begin browsing for communication-specific internship openings.

Journalism Internship Scholarship

The Journalism Internship Scholarship provides financial assistance to eligible undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in Journalism. Average awards range from $1000 to $2500 and are based on fund availability. Students must be working in a quarter-long internship while enrolled in a Communication Internship course to be eligible for consideration.

Application Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Opens Application Deadline
Summer 2021 TBD TBD

Application Requirements & Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Journalism Internship Scholarship, the following requirements must be met:

  • You are a journalism graduate student
  • Financial need as established by a filed Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Office of Financial Assistance
  • You are working/will begin working in a journalism-based, College of Communication-approved internship for the entire award quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer)
  • You are enrolled/will enroll in a Communication Internship Course (CMN 591) to earn internship credit
  • You are a current graduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • You have completed at least two JOUR courses successfully

Special consideration will be given to those with unpaid or low-paying internships. Applicants with approved internships will be prioritized over those with internships still in development. Students with internships in the development stage will still be considered pending approval.

A large part of the assessment will focus on the quality and relevance of your internship, how this internship will impact your professional development, and what you hope to learn in your internship in relation to the journalism field and your career goals.

Apply for this scholarship on DePaul Scholarship Connect.

Questions? Refer to the Tuition & Aid page or contact Shena Ramsay at

For More Information

If you have questions about completing the Internship Program, please contact Michael Elias, Director of Internships for the College of Communication, at or by phone at (312)362-7988.

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