Internship & Independent Study

All Journalism & Media Studies majors must complete one 3-credit internship class prior to graduation.


Summer Internship Coordinators

Kathy Espin

Summer Internship Coordinator (JOUR 499-1001)
Phone: 702-895-5126

Jon Castagnino

Summer Internship Coordinator (JOUR 499-1002)

Fall Internship Coordinator

Charlie Zobell

Fall Internship Coordinator (JOUR 499-1001)
Phone: 702-895-4352

Internship Requirements

Before seeking an internship, a student must:

  • Be a fully admitted major in the School of Journalism, in junior standing.
  • Hold a 2.0 or higher grade point average at UNLV.
  • Take JOUR 261, JOUR 202, or an advanced writing course.

Apply for an Internship

Follow these steps to get an internship:

  1. Fill out application
    • Complete an Internship Application and turn it into the Journalism office on the second floor of Greenspun Hall
    • Students will receive a letter of eligibility after the internship coordinator has checked their prerequisites
    • Copies can be made to give to potential employers
  2. Actively search for internship
    • Check the Career Services website
    • Visit our Facebook page for available positions
    • Cold-call some companies you would like to work for and ask if internships are available
    • Ask your friends, family, professors — anyone who might have an idea or a lead
    • View a list of employers
      • 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.
  3. Becoming an intern
    • You will need:
      • Individualized resumes for each company
      • Individualized cover letter for each company
      • Work samples
      • One professional “interview” outfit
  4. Get approval
    • Fill out the Internship Verification Form
    • Have it signed by your employer
    • Permission to enroll in the internship class (JOUR 499) will be granted after the internship coordinator has received both the Student Application and the Internship Verification Form
  5. Register
    • Register for JOUR 499
    • Pay the tuition
    • Check access to the Canvas site for the class. There, you will find a syllabus and more instructions for your internship. The class is web-based so access will be important.

To complete the internship, a student is required to:

  • Work 150 hours during the semester
  • Complete five online learning modules
  • Provide weekly email reports
  • Receive a satisfactory evaluation from employer
  • Complete a final portfolio and oral report

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
    • You may also want to register and list your position on the UNLV Career Services website.
  6. Accept applications and interview potential employees.
    • The interview is an important part of the learning process.
    • Make sure the student you hire has the personal and professional qualifications needed for the position.
    • Please do not assume that any UNLV student who applies is qualified. We do not recruit or prescreen students for your position.
  7. Evaluate the student.
    • At the end of the semester, you will receive an evaluation form.
    • Please provide an honest and complete evaluation of your intern’s work performance. It is the most important part of the process. A verbal evaluation with the student would also be valuable.
  8. Attend final presentation.
    • The student will be required to make a presentation before faculty and fellow students on the internship.
    • We would be honored to have someone from your organization attend that presentation.

Things to Know

  • Interns are required to work 150 hours during a semester or over the summer.
  • Fall semester runs from the end of August to the first week of December.
  • Spring semester runs from the end of January to the first week of May.
  • Summer sessions run from mid-May to mid-August.
  • Interns receive three credit hours for internships and pay full tuition for those credits.
  • Internship credits are pass/fail. No letter grade is awarded.
  • Interns have regular contact with the journalism school internship coordinator.
    • Feel free to notify the coordinator of any special instruction or tutoring your intern might need.
  • Contact the internship coordinator immediately in the case of any unprofessional or disruptive behavior.
  • Require the student to maintain the same standards you do any employee, including regular attendance, promptness, professional appearance, and respectful and courteous behavior.
  • Pay for internships is not required.
  • However, to avoid legal complications and wage and hour law violations, many companies are paying students minimum wage or more.
  • For more information, read the following information.

Independent Study

A student interested in studying a topic not offered can team up with a journalism faculty member for an independent study. Faculty members mentor and supervise students as they explore niche areas of interest within the field of journalism.


  • Student must be admitted to the major
  • Student must be in junior or senior standing
  • Student must find a faculty member before registration that can come up with a plan of study for the semester
  • Pairing must be reviewed and approved by the department undergraduate or graduate coordinator
  • Class credits can count for one to three credits
  • Can repeat the independent studies class up to six credits

For more information, contact the school’s office manager, Maricruz Soto-Valdez.