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About JMC Internships

Professional internships play an irreplaceable role in the education of each student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. You've entered a significant phase of your education in JMC. You have taken the prerequisite courses and achieved the qualifying GPA. Now, you are ready to start interning. Congratulations!

JMC fully believes - and hundreds of students before you will affirm - that a professionally supervised internship in your chosen field of study is essential to your academic and professional development. Therefore, an internship is a graduation requirement.

This website opens the door to successful internship opportunities through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. It includes a database with the following: 

  • Local-area, regional and national internships

  • Pertinent information for each JMC major

  • Online application

  • Filing an internship report

  • JMC Internship Policy

If you are a potential employer, please submit your internship opportunity on our employer form.

The Coordinator of Career Services, John Butte, leads the JMC Internship program. He is available nearly anytime to answer questions and provide assistance. You can contact John (jbutte@kent.edu) at 204E Franklin Hall and at 330-672-8304.

The internship coordinator for Public Relations majors is Associate Professor Michele Ewing.  You can contact Michele (meewing@kent.edu) at 301F Franklin Hall and at 330-672-4288.

Always feel free to talk with your sequence coordinator. Each coordinator has a wealth of internship knowledge, information and experience.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication Internship Policy

All Kent State University JMC undergraduate students are required to complete an internship.

For students to receive credit, the internship must be in the student’s chosen major and supervised by a professional in the student’s field of study.

JMC requires all internship work experiences be off-campus, with the exception of Digital Media Production internships. DMP allows on- campus internships under certain circumstances.

One credit hour will be earned for 150 hours of internship work. Students in Journalism, Digital Media Production and Public Relations are required to earn one credit hour. 

Advertising students in catalog year 2013 and earlier are required to earn one credit hour. Advertising students in catalog year 2014 and beyond are required to complete two credit hours of internship. This requirement, unique to Advertising, can be met by taking a 300-hour internship for two credit hours or two 150-hour internships for one credit hour each.

Multiple internships are encouraged for all students.

An internship cannot be taken for credit until specific prerequisite courses are completed.

After a student has obtained an internship, the student applies for approval on the JMC internship website. Once approved, JMC registers the student for the internship credit. A student should not commit to an internship until the on-line application has been approved.

The JMC Coordinator of Career Services, John Butte, approves all JMC internships, except those for Public Relations majors, which are approved by Public Relations Associate Professor Michele Ewing. 

Progress reports with work samples from students are required. An on-site supervisor’s evaluation follows the student’s internship. These reports are filed online, on the internship website.

Grading is S for satisfactory completion and U for unsatisfactory completion.