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Journalism and Mass Communications


A practicum is an internship-like experience that combines field experience and academic activities.  The practicum is a core requirement for the MMC program and students typically take part in this experience after other course work has been completed.  A student must work a total of 450 hours (or 30 hours a week for 15 weeks) at a professional organization.

If you plan to register for the Practicum (JOUR 777) for next semester, you should download a copy of the Practicum Guidelines and Forms.

The sponsoring organization must agree to adhere to the guidelines and requirements. You will need to submit a brief proposal including a description of your practicum along with location, supervisor, and phone numbers prior to being cleared to register for this course. 

Practicum Support

Need help finding the right practicum? Although it is up to the student to secure an appropriate practicum, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications has several resources to help you find an appropriate organization for your practicum.

Graduate Student Services Director:  As graduate student services director, Sandra Hughes has nearly 40 years of experience working with graduate students on practicum procedures and placement.  See Hughes to find out more about the practicum itself and how to get started.

SJMC Career Services Director:  Beverly Dominick works with graduate and undergraduate students to find the right practicum or internship to fit their needs.  She can also advise you on perfecting your resumé and cover letters and how to interview for practicums and jobs.  Dominick has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communication recruiting, placement and training.  She can help find the right professional organization for your practicum to fit your career goals.

Internship Blog: This page contains practicum and internship opportunities that are emailed to the school by potential employers.  It is regularly updated with the latest opportunities.  See blog » 

Internship Opportunities:  This is a list of ongoing practicum and internship opportunities available to graduate and undergraduate students.  It is organized by area of specialization (public relations, advertising, broadcast journalism, journalism and visual communications). See opportunities »