Students must submit all documentation for the internship program the Friday before the term begins.
Spring 2019 — Friday, January 18 Summer 2019 — Friday, May 17 / Friday, June 7 Fall 2019 — Friday, August 23
Per the 2018-2019 catalog JOUR 499 requires junior or senior standing (at least 60 completed credits) and the permission of the Internship Coordinator. All students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) at UNLV.
Documents Required for Enrollment
Students must complete the internship application AND the internship verification form for approval.
Earning Academic Credit
To complete the internship class, a student is required to:
Work 150 hours during the academic semester
Complete online course work
Provide weekly email reports
Receive a satisfactory evaluation from employer
Complete a final portfolio and oral report
Step 1: Fill out application
Complete the internship application and turn it into the JMS main office on the 2nd floor of Greenspun Hall or via email to email@example.com
Students will receive a letter of eligibility after the internship coordinator has checked the prerequisites have been made
Copies of for-credit eligibility can be made to give to potential employers
Please Note: First-time interns are required to work in an office or studio. Telecommuting or online internships do not qualify for academic credit unless the student is serving a second internship
Step 3: Application & Interview
You will need:
Individualized resumes for each company
Career Services offers sample resumes and cover letters and will help edit your materials to fit specific job postings
It is important to tailor your resume to the position you are applying for
Have an updated LinkedIn account
During interviews always dress professionally, unless otherwise told
Prepare 2-3 questions to ask employers at the end of your interview (example questions below)
What is the hiring process timeline and desired start date?
What is a normal working day look like?
What is the culture of the office?
What have you learned most in your current role?
How would you describe your ideal candidate?
Provide materials for each interviewer: resume, cover letter, references, and samples
Send thank you emails post-interview thanking the employer for their time
Step 4: Internship Approval & Enrollment
Once you have accepted an internship, complete the internship verification form
Have it signed by your employer
This is signed by the employer and verifies that you area indeed working with them as an intern
Permission to enroll in JOUR 499 will be granted once the internship coordinator has received both the internship application and the internship verification form
You will receive an email notifying you to finish the enrollment process on MyUNLV
Employer Seeking Intern
Internships give university students a valuable opportunity to expand on knowledge acquired in the classroom and employers a chance to identify and groom future employees. A little planning and a good bit of supervision can result in a profitable experience for both the employer and the student.
Interns must work in professional settings under the direction of industry professionals. One of the purposes of an internship is to give a student experience in a professional work environment. Therefore, telecommuting or online internships are accepted only for second-time interns.
How to Set Up an Internship
Determine what job you want an intern to fill
Internships should provide valuable work experience for students.
The work should go beyond minor clerical work or errand running.
The idea is to prepare students for their first jobs in the field.
Establish a pay rate
There are far more requests for interns than qualified students to fill them.
Offering an hourly wage will make your position more competitive
Appoint an internship coordinator within your organization.
The student needs a mentor to teach how to perform the required work and supervise the performance.
This person also will oversee record keeping of hours worked and evaluate the student’s performance.
Contact the school’s internship coordinator.
You and the journalism school representative will discuss criteria for the internship, what the requirements will be, and how the students will be evaluated.
Use social media to advertise position.
Provide the Greenspun School internship coordinator with a brief (fewer than 200 words) description of the internship being offered.
This description will be posted on the school’s social media outlets.