*NOTE: MCJ 191 may only be taken for a total of three (3) units of credit.
The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism at California State University, Fresno has developed an extensive internship program. While internships are required for students majoring in public relations, we encourage all of our students, regardless of sequence, to complete an internship.
Our students are looking for internships in the following areas:
- Broadcast Journalism
- Print Journalism
- Public Relations
- Multimedia Production
Internships provide our students with valuable experience, allowing them to learn while they gain “real world” work experience and the opportunity to learn from the best communication professionals available. Internships help students clarify career goals and aspirations and enhance their resumes. It also gives them the chance to apply what they’ve learned in their course work.
Students: Looking for an Internship?
The MCJ Department offers internships for credit (via the MCJ 191: Internship course) during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Start looking for your internships EARLY and sign up for MCJ191 prior to the start of the semester.
- Have not previously taken MCJ191 (you may enroll in MCJ191 up to three times but you will only receive a maximum of 3.0 units towards your degree)
- You are a MCJ major or minor.
- You are at least a 2nd semester junior and have complete at least a couple of your major option area courses.
- You do not currently work for the company you are wishing to sign up with to do an internship.
- The supervisor of your internship (e.g., the person you will be working under at your internship) must have a minimum of five years of full-time experience in the field/area you will be engaged with in your internship.
- If you wish to intern for a company that the MCJ department has not worked with before, department approval and a resume of your potential supervisor will be required. Also, if you are planning on interning for a for-profit company and are not getting paid, note that your internship site must follow the Department of Labor guidelines. Visit the U.S. Dept of Labor'swebpage for more information.
- You must secure your internship and enroll in MCJ191 no later than the 2nd week of the start of the new semester.
Steps to Take To Secure an Internship
If you are interested in signing up for MCJ191 and completing an internship for college credit, here's what to do:
- Find your internship. Where should you look? You should seek out those companies that will have an internship in your area (TV stations, Marketing agencies, newspapers/magazines, etc.). Click here for a list of companies. Watch your Fresno State email for announcements from Dr. Pierce on new internship opportunities.
- Secure your internship. Contact them, meet them and impress them! Treat this just like a JOB interview! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SECURE YOUR INTERNSHIP. Please keep in mind that if the company is not on our approved list of companies, they will need to sign a contract and be approved before you can do an internship with them.
- Complete the Internship Learning Plan Agreement Form. You should complete the student section and the other two sections should be completed by the company's internship supervisor.
- Complete the Student Reliability & Emergency Contact Form.
- Once you have completed the above forms, submit them to Dr. Pierce (contact info listed below). Once your internship is approved, you will be provided with a permission number to enroll in the course.
- Enroll in the course using the permission number.
- Start your hours — you need to complete a minimum of 150 through the course of the semester.
Requirements During Your Internship
- You and your supervisor should keep track of your hours.
- You should complete approximately 10 hours a week (150 total throughout the semester).
- Watch Blackboard for announcements and assignments.
- Once you have completed 75 hours, you will need to complete your Mid-Term Self-Evaluation Form. This form will be on Blackboard.
- When you are finished with your internship (150 hours), you will need to also complete your Final Self-Evaluation Form. This form is also on Bb.
- When you have completed your internship, you will be required to give you supervisor the Supervisor Evaluation Form. This form will be made available on Bb. The supervisor will need to complete the evaluation and send directly to the internship coordinator.
- Failure to complete the above evaluations will result in a NC grade. Failure to complete the internship hours and/or poor evaluation by the supervisor may also result in a NC grade.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Pierce, MCJ Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Employers: Looking for an Intern?
Thank you for your interest in working with our MCJ department and our amazing students. We've included some useful information on this page for companies who may be interested in recruiting our students for internships.
- To complete an internship for college credit, students must be MCJ majors or minors and work for an organization first approved by the MCJ Internship Coordinator.
- Students must be under the direct supervision of someone with at least 5 years experience in the area(s) from which the student will be engaged and learn.
- Students are not allowed to work from a personal residence to complete their internship.
- Students complete 150 internship hours per semester or approximately 10 hours per week.
- We offer internships for credit in the Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May) and Summer (End of May-end of July) semesters. Please contact the MCJ Internship Coordinator to learn about specific dates.
U.S. Labor Laws & Paid vs Non-paid internship
If you are a for-profit company, please note that the U.S. Department of Labor has strict guidelines regarding paid vs. unpaid internships. If you are looking for a student to fill an unpaid internship, you will be required to provide the MCJ Internship Coordinator with a written plan, subject to Department approval, regarding how your organization will abide by the Department of Labor Standards for unpaid internships. Visit the U.S. Dept of Labor's web page for more information.
Students interning at nonprofit organizations are eligible to earn a stipend for successful completion of 150 hours. Visit Fresno State Career Services for more information about this valuable program. Half of the stipend, plus an administrative fee, (total = $790) is paid by the nonprofit, and the other half of the stipend ($750) is paid by the Community Service Scholarship Program. So, the student earns $1500 for the semester.
Please note that if your internship opportunity doesn't meet our requirements (above), students will not be made available and MCJ students will not be able to earn college credit for your opportunity.
If your organization is looking for an intern, here are a few items that must be completed in order to recruit interns.
1. First, complete the Experiential Learning Agreement and return it to the MCJ Internship Coordinator. Next, complete the Fresno State Learning Site Assessment Form. Please contact Dr. Pierce, Internship Coordinator, (email is listed below) to receive both of these forms.
2. Once your company has completed the required forms and is approved for the internship, please compile a one-page internship opportunity description and submit to Dr. Pierce. The internship description should include the following:
- Information about your organization.
- A brief description of the internship opportunity and what the students will be learning about and doing in the internships.
- Any deadlines or company requirements. This can also include any specific skills you might be looking for with the interns (e.g., photography skills, social media experience, etc.).
- Contact information and how the student should “apply” for your internship.
3. Internship descriptions should be submitted each semester that the company is seeking interns (even if your company is a continuing participant in our internship program).
4. Please send the description(s) to the internship coordinator at least several weeks prior to the given semester. The deadline for students to sign up for internships is typically within the 2nd week of the new semester.
5. Once an internship description is approved (and the company has submitted/completed the required forms and been approved), it will be submitted to our MCJ students. Any interested student will then contact the company directly about obtaining the internship for the semester.
MCJ Internship Coordinator
If you have an internship opportunity or have any questions, please contact Dr. Tamyra Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559.278.2632.
MCJ Internship Opportunities
Click here to see a list of internship companies in the local Fresno area that the department has worked with in the past.
For various entertainment industry internships — including those in film, television, video game and interactive media — offered by the California State University system, click here.
- Central California Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
- Career Services office -- Fresno State
For resume and cover letter assistance, see faculty in your option or the Career Services office.