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Undergraduate Internship Program

​​While participating in a College of Communication internship, students also take a course that combines work and learning. The experience provides an opportunity to learn and test cutting-edge career management principles while honing the skills needed to succeed in the rapidly changing communication fields. The course meets DePaul’s Experiential Learning Requirement only when taken concurrently with an internship.

Step 1: Request Access to an Online Orientation Session (Must participate within 12 months of the internship) Note: If you have already participated in an orientation session, please proceed to Step 2.

The College of Communication undergraduate 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 orientation 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:

Check for Program Requirements

    • Are you a College of Communication major or minor?
    • Have you earned at least 64 credit hours (Have completed one full quarter as a Sophomore)?
    • If you are a Communication major, have you completed at least two of the four required communication core courses (101, 102, 103, or 104)?
    • If you are a Communication major, have you completed at least two courses in your major (PRAD/JOUR/CMNS/MCS, etc.)?
    • If you are a Communication minor, have you completed at least two courses among those required for your Communication minor?
    • Is your overall grade point average at least a 2.5?

If you have answered yes to all of the above questions, 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
Fall 2019 Reopened August 15, 2019 September 15, 2019
Winter 2020 November 1, 2019 January 9, 2020
Spring 2020 TBA TBA

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

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