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A leg up on the Job Search

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

Finding a job in journalism can be tough. But students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism will get a leg up. The School will provide career services and development opportunities, ranging from networking events to internships to help with the job search. And the School’s location in New York City, the media capital of the world, is ideal.

A key part of the School’s curriculum is its Summer Internship Program. In today’s competitive journalism job market, real-world experience is crucial. Often an internship makes the difference in who gets a job after graduation. CUNY students will do a full-time summer internship in New York City or another location of their choice. The School has forged connections with dozens of news media outlets — websites, magazines, newspapers, TV and broadcast stations — and will work closely with students to help them apply for, and get, their summer internship. Because many internships are unpaid, CUNY will provide a stipend to any student with an unpaid internship, to keep everyone on an even footing.

The Office of Career Services also will provide these resources:

Networking Events. These will include panel discussions with successful journalists about career planning and job searching, recruitment visits by media organizations and, starting in Fall 2007, an annual job fair where our graduating students can meet with multiple prospective employers face to face.

Career Skills Counseling. The Office of Career Services will provide a wide range of workshops throughout the year on topics including resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, salary negotiation and career planning. One-on-one counseling appointments are available as well.

Career Services Website. Students and alumni will be able to tap into the Career Services’ website for internship and job postings, links to other job-posting sites, a section with job-hunting tools, links to professional journalism organizations, a section of freelance opportunities and more.