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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

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 Step 2 as instructed in the Undergraduate section of 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 undergraduate Journalism students in Fall​​ 2021. To be eligible, students must be working in a quarter-long internship while enrolled in a Communication Internship course.

Application Timeline

Internship Quarter Application Deadline
Fall 2021 October 17, 2021

Scholarship Description

The Journalism Internship Scholarship ensures that students pursuing a degree in journalism have access to internships for credit by providing financial assistance. Eligible students are welcome to apply for financial assistance while completing a journalism-related internship for credit via the College of Communication Internship Program in the Fall 2021 term.

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Journalism major, minor, and journalism graduate students
  • Submit a College of Communication Internship Proposal for a journalism-based internship for credit via the College of Communication Internship Program by the fall deadline (September 10, 2021) or have secured a journalism-based intership for the fall through the College of Communication Internship Program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above for undergraduate journalism majors or minors; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for journalism graduate students
  • Successful completion of at least two JOUR courses
  • Special consideration for those with unpaid or low-paying internships.

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 Deadline
Fall 2021 October 17, 2021

Scholarship Description

Awarded to a talented undergraduate student enrolled in the undergraduate journalism program in the College of Communication, the Carlos Hernandez Meritorious Endowed Award for Undergraduate Journalism provides tuition support for a student planning to accept a paid or unpaid internship in the field of journalism. 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 committee that these funds will help younger generations of talented DePaul students fulfill their aspirations to enter the field of journalism. 

Eligibility

  • 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 Latinx communities, including covering issues related to Latinx communities as a journalist;
  • Dedication to furthering Latinx cultural activities or focusing on Latinx studies at DePaul

Applicants of the Carlos Hernandez Meritorious Endowed Award for Undergraduate Journalism must secure an approved internship for credit with the College of Communication (CMN) Internship Program for the Fall 2021 term for consideration. Applicants in the CMN Internship Proposal phase are welcome to apply and will be considered. Final award recipient(s) will receive the scholarship applied to the student account after an approved internship and course enrollment is confirmed with the College of Communication Internship Program office. If awardee(s) are unable to secure an approved internship with the CMN internship program for Fall 2021, the scholarship is 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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