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SJMC Undergraduate Student Services

From application to graduation, the SJMC Student Services team is here to provide you with every means available to achieve academic excellence, personal autonomy and a strong sense of purpose. If you have questions, please contact us. We are glad you are here. Go Gamecocks!

News and Announcements 

Important Dates

  • February 14 - Last day to apply for May graduation
  • March 2 - Departmental Scholarship Applications due
  • March 22 - SJMC Career Fair

SJMC Career Fair

Need a job or internship? The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a career fair this spring! This is an opportunity for students to connect with employers that are looking for internships and entry-level jobs.

Here are the details:

Date: March 22
Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Russell House Ballroom

National Sports Media Association
Interested in a career in sports media? Join the new student chapter of the National Sports Media Association at USC. The chapter meets once a month at 7 p.m. on Monday nights in Room 318 of the journalism school and will include a variety of guest speakers from the sports media industry. Join for exclusive networking opportunities and for fun sports-based discussion with your peers!

Next meeting: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: SJMC Room 318
Sign up on Garnet Gate here.

NYC Maymester

The NYC Maymester is a course designed for students to learn in depth about careers in advertising and related industries, and to discuss current issues, as well—design, digital media, publishing, public relations, specialty agencies like those who specialize in pharma, even in-house communications jobs such as those at financial services companies.

It involves two weeks of study in Columbia and a week of travel to NYC to visit various agencies and communication companies. Some of the people who will host us are USC SJMC alumni. In addition, we will have a casual meet-and-greet visit with as many alums in NYC as I can gather. This counts as a journalism elective and it is invaluable in terms of networking and learning about various opportunities in the field. There are no pre-requisites except passion and curiosity for a career in the creative industries—and eagerness to learn.

If interested, contact Karen Mallia at

Atlanta Maymester

The Atlanta Maymester session is May 14 to June 1. The class travels to Atlanta from Monday, May 21 to Friday, May 25 and stays at Georgia State University.

We visit agencies as well as communication departments at a wide range of organizations including Coca-Cola; Lockheed Martin; The Home Depot; FOCUS Brands (parent company of Moe’s, Cinnabon and McAlisters); Atlanta Braves; the High Museum of Art; Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The cost is $600 above Maymester tuition.

If interested, contact Lisa Sisk at or Ernie Grigg at

Work-Study Positions Available

Position Description: Office support position available in the Office of Student Services, School of Journalism & Mass Communications. Responsibilities include typing, electronic filing, scanning documents, and answering phones. Student must be pleasant, motivated, and dependable.

Position requires 10 -15 hours of work per week. Student MUST have Federal Work Study in Financial Aid package to work this position! The position is open to all JOUR majors.

If interested, contact Joey Reed at

Internship/Job Searching - Activate your Handshake!

Employers are uploading opportunities for students to view on Handshake. If you have not done so, now is the time to activate your account, upload your resume and build your profile. Handshake will be the central location to find internships and job opportunities going forward.

Some of the opportunities available:

  • Richland County Transportation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – Community Relations Intern
  • Columbia City Ballet

Questions about Handshake? Email Katie Bullard, our career services manager, at

Wanting to do an internship for credit? Here are the requirements.

Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Are you a high school or college student looking for financial assistance for your education? Thanks to our generous donors, the Community Foundation oversees more than 40 scholarship funds to help talented and passionate students attain the dream of a college education.

Central Carolina Community Foundation has one general scholarship application. This allows students the opportunity to apply to multiple scholarships with one  application.  

Application deadline is March 5.

Wunderman Internship
Does your personality burst with excessive enthusiasm and extreme sass at all times? Are your ideas so far out of the box you’ve been asked to stay within its general vicinity? Can you tolerate a little rain? If so, the Wunderman Seattle internship program is for YOU.

Camp Ozark

Spend all or part of your summer getting paid to love kids, have fun, and sharpen your media production and editing skills at Camp Ozark!  Camp Ozark is a Christian sports and adventure camp in Arkansas and we are here on campus at Carolina this week looking for the country's best college students to work with us this summer!

We are on campus in Russell House across from the info desk conducting short, non-committal interviews this week through Friday and would love to tell you more about this opportunity. You can come by our table or sign up for an  interview

McNair Scholars Program

The TRIO McNair Program helps eligible undergraduates pursue graduate degrees. The program offers expanded faculty mentoring, research experience and other academic opportunities with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D. recipients who are first-generation or low-income students, and who are from underrepresented groups in graduate education.

Need more writing experience? The Odyssey community at USC is accepting  applications for new creators! Odyssey is an online content platform that allows content creators to have their voice be heard. It is a great resume builder and no experience is required.

Information Science Minor

Did you know you can minor in Information Science? Information Science is the study of the cognitive, social, technological and organizational roles of information in all its forms and rests on three foundations: content, people, and technology. As a SJMC student, you have the option of minoring in a program with our sister-school - School of Library and Information Science!

Focus Group Opportunity
Vanessa Kitzie is looking for undergraduate students to talk about times they have felt respected and disrespected at libraries. You will discuss these experiences in focus groups of 8-12 people.

The dates are Monday, February 26 and Friday, March 2. The focus groups will last 90 minutes. You will be compensated with a $25 gift card for your time. No identifying information about you will be used while reporting the findings from this research. Findings from this research will be used to develop guidelines for how libraries can make individuals feel respected when they use the library.

If you are a University of South Carolina student who uses or has used libraries and felt respected and disrespected at them, please fill out this questionnaire. Based on your responses, the research team will be in touch to set up a focus group interview at a time and place convenient to you.

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