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School of Communication

Internships

Last Chance Internship Orientations 

If you’re planning on doing a Fall internship for credit through the School of Communication, or looking to the future, attend one of these mandatory Internship Orientation sessions* :

  • Monday, August 24, 7 p.m., Corboy 901
  • Tuesday, August 25, 3:45-4:15 p.m., SOC 222
  • Wednesday, August 26, 7 p.m., SOC 222

*You only need to attend one Internship orientations during your time at Loyola.


Looking for an internship?

Visit the School of Communication Internship and Career Opportunities website here: http://mycareersoc.com/

How to Use the SOC Internship and Career Services site:

Congratulations on taking an important step in your career by exploring the School of Communication internship and career opportunity website. To access the database of internships and jobs relevant specifically to communication students and professionals, you'll want to do a few things.

  1. Register: Go to the home page and click on register now. Complete the fields.
  2. Explore: Visit the jobs/internships page. Now that you've registered, you'll be able to see the postings for internships and jobs.
  3. Filter: Using the filter criteria along the right side of the jobs/ internships page, click on the criteria to narrow down your search and find positions that fit your interests.
  4. Search: Use the search bar in the upper right of the home page to search the postings by keyword or employer name.
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Sen. Barack Obama visited the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times during the semester Loyola journalism students Anna Tyrkala and Patrycja Malinowska served as interns at the newspaper. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Why Pursue an Internship?

Communication internships help students integrate their career objectives and educational preparation in the challenging and expanding fields of communication, journalism and advertising/public relations, which demand practical experience and diversified skills reaching beyond the classroom. Interns learn about organization practices while acquiring technical and process skills under the supervision of experienced communication professionals.

Requirements for For-Credit Internships

For-credit internships are a requirement for Journalism and Adverting/Public Relations majors and are optional for Communication Studies students. Before students accept any internship to be taken for course credit, they must attend one of the internship orientation sessions offered by SOC. At the orientation session students will receive an internship packet containing registration information, several required forms, course requirements and assignments.

Before students may enroll in and receive credit for the Communication internship course (All majors), they must:

  • Be of junior or senior standing;
  • Have completed at least 18 hours of communication courses, including two in the area of the internship;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Attend an internship orientation session during a semester preceding the internship (students taking a second internship for credit do not need to attend another orientation, though they will be required to turn in the same application material);
  • Complete application material by appropriate deadlines; and
  • Find a suitable internship*.

It is important that the student discuss the internship with the appropriate internship  coordinator before accepting any position. The coordinators, by major, are:

How to Find an Internship

The School of Communication enjoys positive relationships throughout the communications industry. Our contacts, connections and alumni work in such organizations as media outlets, agencies, government and non-profits. Through these relationships, we seek to connect our students to valuable work and internship opportunities. The link below will download our latest database of current postings.

Visit the SOC Internship and Career Opportunities website and look at the postings: http://mycareersoc.com/

If you are interested in finding an internship, you will want to check back often for the most recent updates.

The database contains internships—advertising, public relations, journalism and communication—of which the School of Communication is aware. Some of the organizations are places other Loyola students have interned before. Some may be employers who have reached out to the School of Communication asking us to share their postings. Here are several important things to note:

  • The postings are live, current and as accurate as possible as of the date posted. It is possible they may have been filled by the time you apply. That’s one good reason to act swiftly if you see an internship opportunity of interest to you.
  • Many employers offer internships on a continual basis. If you have missed the deadline for one semester, inquire about the next.
  • You want to do your own due diligence. While these internship positions are posted on the School of Communication website, they are in no way endorsed or pre-approved. Investigate for yourself. Do the research needed to find out if this is a good internship where you’ll be valued and have the opportunity to learn. It is your responsibility to find the right place for you.
  • Have questions or want to know more about internships? Join the conversation on Cheryl McPhilimy's SOC Blog.
  • There are many databases and sources that can be used to search out internship opportunities. Here are some other places to look. Where are the internships?
  • For more information about internship opportunities at Loyola University Chicago, contact the Career Development Center.