How To Get A Journalism or Public Relations Internship

All our journalism and public relations students must complete three credits of internship. That could involve three one-credit internships, a two-credit internship coupled with a one-credit internship or one three-credit internship. Students are required to work at least 120 hours for a one-credit internship; 150 hours for a two-credit internship; or 180 hours for three credits.

Journalism internship and public relations internship openings are posted through This Week at the Herbert School, emails to majors, and the Center for Career Design and Development, as well as on the websites of many media outlets. Although students must apply for internships on their own, faculty advisors and Center for Career Design and Development counselors are available for guidance on where to apply and how to write strong resumes and cover letters. Many of these skills are also honed in pre-professional groups, and students are encouraged to join the Hofstra chapters of such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, WRHU 88.7FM, Long Island Advocate and the Hofstra Chronicle.

As part of their journalism or public relations internship experience, students must keep daily work diaries, stay in touch weekly with their sponsoring professor and do a final paper on a theme drawn from their internship. They are expected to work hard, make important industry contacts and learn from top professionals in their field. The faculty sponsor stays in close contact with the students to make sure students have a worthwhile internship experience.

All journalism and public relations interns must return a signed Internship Agreement Form in order to register. The intern supervisor at work is also required to submit a final evaluation of each intern's progress and efforts.

If you are in need of help with the internship process, please attend the required internship workshops during the semester.

Professor Douglas A. Morrow
Associate Professor, RTVF
Internship Coordinator
Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University
E-Mail | (516) 463-6576
Fax: (516) 463-7043