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Undergraduate Internship Program

Students participating in a College of Communication internship hone their professional skills taking a course, concurrently, that combines work and learning. The experience provides an opportunity to learn and practice career development strategies while developing the skills needed to succeed in the rapidly changing communication fields. Our courses meet DePaul’s Experiential Learning Requirement only when taken concurrently with an internship. If you have already fulfilled Experiential Learning, our courses may be used to fulfill a general elective requirement, a communication elective, and/or a course within your major. 

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 the College of Communication's internship courses and how to apply for credit

Program Requirements

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

    • Complete the online undergraduate internship Orientation
    • Be enrolled as a College of Communication major or minor
    • Have earned at least 64 credit hours (or one full quarter as a Sophomore)
    • As a Communication major, have completed at least two of the four required communication core courses (101, 102, 103, or 104)
    • As a Communication major, have completed at least two courses in your major (PRAD/JOUR/CMNS/MCS, etc.)
    • As a Communication minor, have completed at least two courses among those required for your minor
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above in their undergraduate coursework

If you meet the above requirements and already have an internship lined up, please continue to Steps 2 and 3 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.

Scholarships

There are two scholarship opportunities available for undergraduateJournalism students in Spring and Summer 2020. To be eligible, students must be working in a quarter-long internship while enrolled in a Communication Internship course.

Application Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Opens Application Deadline
Spring 2020 February 25, 2020 April 5, 2020

Scholarship Description

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

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
  • 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 or 395) to earn internship credit
  • You are a current undergraduate student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • You have successfully completed at least two JOUR courses 

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 at 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 sramsay@depaul.edu

Application Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Opens Application Deadline
Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 March 12, 2020 April 5, 2020

Scholarship Description

The Carlos Hernandez Meritorious Endowed Award for Undergraduate Journalism was established at DePaul to honor the memory of noted Chicago journalist, Carlos Hernandez Gomez. Known for his trademark fedora and his vast knowledge of Illinois politics, Carlos covered local and national news stories for both CLTV and WBEZ-FM. He died of cancer on January 17, 2010 at the age of 36. Carlos had been a student at DePaul during the mid-1990s, writing for The DePaulia student newspaper and working as a disc jokey for WRDP radio (now Radio DePaul) during his tenure. It is the hope of the scholarship commitee that these funds will help younger generations of talented DePaul students fulfill their aspirations to enter the field of journalism. 

Award

The scholarship provides $2500-$3500 in financial assistance to undergraduate students who meet the criteria outlined below.

Application Requirements & Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Carlos Hernandez Meritorious Endowed Award for Undergraduate Journalism, the following requirements must be met:

  • You are a journalism major (preferred) - or - College of Communication major with either a Journalism or Latino Media and Communication minor
  • Minimum Junior standing (at least 96 hours completed) or above
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Successful completion of two of the four core Communication courses
  • Successful completion of at least two Journalism courses
  • Demonstrate financial need (as indicated by the Office of Financial Aid)

The following criteria may also be considered:

  • Whether a student is Latinx;
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting or working with the Latinx community, including covering issues related to Latinx communities as a journalist;
  • Dedication to furthering Latinx cultural activities or focusing on Latinx studies at DePaul

Recipients of the Carlos Hernandez Meritorious Endowed Award for Undergraduate Journalism must either secure an approved internship for credit, or verify a currently held internship, via the College of Communication Internship Program for either Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. Concurrent enrollment in a corresponding College of Communication internship course is also required. Funds will be applied to student accounts after verification is provided. Additional instructions will be provided after the initial award notification. If awardee is unable to secure an approved internship by the start of the Summer 2020 term, the award will be forfeited.

Apply for this scholarship on DePaul Scholarship Connect.

Questions? Refer to the Tuition & Aid page or contact Shena Ramsay at sramsay@depaul.edu

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 melias@depaul.edu or by phone at (312) 362-7988.

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