Most CUNY journalism students, except for those in the one-year social journalism program, graduate with on-the-job experience gained during a required summer internship. The school guarantees that every student will be paid, either by the employer or, if compensation is not provided, with a stipend from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Students receive three academic credits for the internship course, which goes toward their Master of Arts in journalism. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. Students submit two reports about their internship to the Office of Career Services: one midway through the summer, the other at the end.
Students in the International Concentration are reimbursed for their airfare after the first $500.
- Students must intern for at least eight weeks, for at least 35 hours a week, for a minimum of 280 hours total. International-concentration students generally go abroad.
- Internships must involve meaningful news-editorial work — no public relations, marketing or advertising internships. Hands-on editorial work includes reporting, writing, research, producing, fact checking, editing, photo, video, interactive, data visualization and other multimedia forms of journalism.
- Students must be provided with a workspace and equipment to do required work.
- Employers must assign a supervisor with professional experience who will be responsible for training and monitoring the student’s work and who will provide a written evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the internship. This evaluation must be completed by the supervisor for the student to receive a grade.
- Employers can contact the Career Services Office at any time if students are failing or not performing assigned duties.
Who to contact:
Andrea Stone, Director of Career Services, email@example.com
Yolanda Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Career Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a partial list of places where students did their summer internships in 2015:
Associated Press (Tokyo)
France 24 (Paris)
El Diario (Spanish)
Front Page Africa (Liberia)
Inside Energy (Google Fellow- Denver)
KMIR TV (Palm Springs, Calif.)
The Marshall Project
MSNBC: All In with Chris Hayes
New York Daily News
New York Observer
The New York Times (Dow Jones News Fund)
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Times of Israel