“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
do. They report. They document their world, through words, sound and
images. In fact, one of the first questions you'll be asked in a job or
internship interview is, "What have you done?" Sure, they probably
respect a 4.0 GPA, and sure, they're going to run - fast - from a 1.0
GPA, but here's the thing:
You'll rarely be asked about your GPA. You'll be asked, "What have you done?"
So the key to success in journalism is to do.
To get experience working on a student publication. To freelance while
you're still in college. To get published because a journalist isn't a
journalist if nobody sees the journalism.
Internships are one of
the best ways not only to get a job but also to learn where journalism
can take you. Once upon a time, many internships were
summer-long paid jobs. Today, internships can happen during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer. Often, they require academic credit if a student isn't paid a salary. We walk you through that process on our academic credit page. Thanks to generous alumni and
other friends of the program, we're also able to offer some stipends to
support internships. You'll find those options on our stipend page.
And by the way, guess what internship coordinators typically ask students?
That's right. You needed only one guess: "Show me what you've done for the student paper/radio station/television outlet."
You'll find where you can do that on our wrap-up of student media opportunities.
One last piece of advice: Start getting internships now, not later. Freshman may find it a bit tougher to land an internship because they simply haven't had much time to work for student publications, but your first year is an excellent time to begin scoping out the process. Graduating with one internship to your credit is a great way to start to a career. Graduating with two internships is even better.