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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.​

Journalism Internship Scholarship

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 Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Opens Application Deadline
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
  • 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

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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