Find an Internship–12 Resources to Explore (updated)

IMG_2559If you’re ready to get some hands-on, professional media experience, now’s the time to look for an internship. A paid, summer internship OF COURSE is ideal. You should pursue those opportunities, but also keep in mind that at the best media companies, those spots can be highly competitive. And small companies generally don’t have money to offer their interns.

So it may be easier to look for a spring or fall internship instead. At CCNY, interns generally receive academic credit. (For more information, reach out to Professor Lynne Scott Jackson, lscottjackson@ccny.cuny.edu.)

How do you find an internship? You look–hard! CCNY students have interned at large media companies like NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NY1, Univision, Hearst, Time Inc., Conde Nast, The New York Observer, the Daily News, WNYC and many more. Most students did the work to find positions and apply for them. You need to be relentless. Follow the program Facebook page, here. I’m posting as fast as I can. 

There are plenty of resources and opportunities out there. To get started, follow these tips:

1. Go directly to the website of the media outlet you’d like to work for and see what’s offered. For instance, click here for information about internships offered by NBC Universal. Or here for NY1. Or here for Time Inc. Or here for Buzzfeed. Cast a wide net.

2. MEOjobs is an AMAZING aggregation of media internships. It’s pretty much one stop shop!

3. Try Ed2010, a site organized by students interested in publishing. Companies post openings, mainly at magazines–print and digital. When I looked over the opportunities 5 minutes before writing this,  I noticed openings at The Food Network, Latina.com, Oprah and Time Out for budding writers, photographers, designers and editors.

4. Join linked in, the free social media network for careers.  Create a profile and sign up for the jobs email alert. Most posts are for job-jobs, but you can also receive internship alerts. Make sure you have a linked in page that includes a professional photo that’s friendly and approachable. Your resume should be clean, up to date, and slanted toward your media experience/studies. For info, read this article.

5. Check in on Mediabistro for listings.

6. Recruiters like Indeed, a no-fuss search engine for jobs that has become increasingly popular with employers. When I searched media internships, I saw several in fashion.

7. Try Findspark, a membership organization that offers support, information, meet-ups and listings to college students and recent grads interested in creative industries. Read this Find Spark story: 20 + Career Tips From Creatives Who Were in Your Shoes.

8. Sign up for Johnson Jobs; you’ll receive a daily email with job/intern postings based on your skills and employment level.

9. Looking for sports internships specifically? Click here for guidance.

10. Quieres Spanish speaking media? Try these opportunities.

11. Brush up on professional social media skills. Take a class or volunteer to be the social media manager for a nonprofit, church or campus organization. This is the hot media job — social media = most intern and entry level position entry — so make sure you’ve got the skills.

12. New resources! The career center on campus recommends: journalism jobs, media industry newsletter (sign up for job alerts) and journalism next.

FINAL THOUGHT: Don’t just apply to one or two internships. Instead, go for broke. Isn’t it better if you have lots of offers to choose from? Good luck!

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Internship FAQ

jonathanOur program is ideally located in the media capital of the world. This means that our students have frequent contact with working journalists, industry professionals and community leaders who offer opportunities for networking, mentoring and internships.

Internships can provide a foot in the door, and help you land a job after graduation. Read through our FAQ for assistance and support:

Q: Which media companies offer internships?

A: CCNY students have interned at a number of large media outlets, including, Good Morning America, CBS Sports, Dateline NBC, ABCnews.com, CNN, NY1, The NY Daily News, Fox News, BET, NPR, TV One, The Wendy Williams Show, Telemundo, MTV and the BBC–along with a number of national magazines: Glamour, Essence, Seventeen, Cosmo, SLAM, Reader’s Digest and People Stylewatch.

Q: How can I find one?

A: Think about the media outlets you’d like to work for. Go to their websites and explore available opportunities. At many companies, you can click on “careers,” “employment” or “human resources” to find applications and information about internships.

 You can also try these resources:
Ed2010, Media Bistro, Indeed (search internship). For sports internships, click here. For Spanish language or Hispanic internships, click here.

Q: How do internships work?

A: Increasingly, media companies pay interns–but it’s still pretty rare. Click here to read about the debate. Legally, if you are not paid for your internship, you are required to take a class for credit. If you take the internship for credit, you must register with Professor Appelbaum (lappelbaum@ccny.cuny.edu) as you would for any class–which means you pay the college tuition. You may also need a letter confirming that you will receive college credit, which we can provide.

Q: How many credits can you receive?

You can register for 1, 2, or 3 credits.
Three credits means you work 180 hours (24-30 hours per week for 8 weeks)
Two credits means you work 120-179 (15-23 per wek for 8 weeks)
One credit means you work 60-119 hours) 12-22 hours per week)