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Graduate Internship Program

Graduate students can hone their professional skills through a 10-week internship. The experience allows them to take advantage of Chicago’s thriving communication industry while working with experienced professionals. Please note that internships are not required.

Getting Started

Step 1: Request Access to an Online Orientation Session (Must participate within 12 months of the internship)

The College of Communication graduate internship experience begins with a dynamic orientation session where you will learn:

    • How to earn academic credit for one or more internships
    • Proven methods to find your dream internship — or future job — through DePaul-sponsored and external resources (If you do not already have an internship.)
    • Career management tips to make the best use of resources while working at your internship site

To request access to the online session, please complete this form . Once enrolled through D2L, you can participate at your convenience.

Step 2: If you have requested access to an internship orientation session or, have participated in a session within the last 12 months, please proceed to the appropriate next step below:

Internship Requirements

Prior to applying credit for an internship, students must:

    • Complete a minimum of two courses in their graduate program 
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in their graduate coursework
    • Participate in a graduate internship (online) orientation session.
    • Submit an internship proposal. Michael Elias, internship program director, must approve the internship in order for students to earn credit.
    • If the internship is approved, students will be registered for CMN 591 Internship Practicum.

If you have satisfied all of the requirements above, please continue to Step 2 as instructed in How to Apply for Internship Credit.

Journalism Internship Scholarship

The Journalism Internship Scholarship provides $1200–$2500 in financial assistance to eligible undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in journalism who are working in a quarter-long internship while enrolled in a Communication Internship course.

Application Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Opens Application Deadline
Winter 2019 Reopened January 8, 2019 January 18, 2019
Spring 2019 February 15, 2019 April 1, 2019
Summer 2019 April 30, 2019 June 7, 2019 

Application Requirements & Eligibility

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

  • You are a journalism major or minor, or 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 or will begin working in a College of Communication-approved internship related to journalism for the entire award quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer)
  • You are enrolled/will enroll in a Communication Internship Course (CMN 394, 395 or 591) to earn internship credit
  • You are a current undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0; or 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 being developed. 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 and career 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 the Internship Program Director Michael Elias, at (312) 362-7988 or