Internship Director Dr. Michael Dillon
514 College Hall
NOTE: All internships done for Media department credit are course-coded as MDIA 451 EXCEPT FOR internships with Duquesne University Athletics' sports information/media relations office (recommended but not required for Sports Information and Media majors), which are coded as MDIA/SPTS 452. Any other internships with Duquesne Athletics, such as those done with Athletics' external relations and/or creative media/digital marketing offices, are coded as MDIA 451.
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Here you will find a directory (spreadsheet below) of companies that have worked with Media department interns. Please be mindful that contact information can go out of date very quickly. If an entry has a link to internship information, please read it before contacting the company. Some companies have protocols they expect applicants to follow and are annoyed when applicants call directly only to be told, "See our link and follow the protocol."
- Internship Approval Form (updated 7/26/2021)
- Internship Timesheet
- Internship Progress Report
- Midterm Performance Assessment Form
- Final Performance Assessment Form
NOTE: For the duration of the pandemic, applications for remote internships will be considered.
Q: How do I go about applying for an internship?
A: Visit our website - all of the information and paperwork you need is there.
Q: How do I register for internship credit?
A: All internships are "permission of instructor," meaning you need to review your application with Internship director Dr. Mike Dillon (in person or over Zoom) before it can be formally approved and you can register for credit. It is important you receive departmental approval and register prior to beginning any work you hope to claim for internship credit. The university's drop-add period applies to internships.
Q: How many hours must I work to receive 3 credits?
A: 60 hours = 1 credit. 120 hours = 2 credits. 180 hours = 3 credits
Q: How do I find an internship?
A: A spreadsheet with department-approved internship opportunities can be found on the website referenced above, or you can identify and propose an opportunity you find on your own, in Pittsburgh, your hometown ... or anywhere.
Q: How many internship credits can I take?
A: The department allows a total of 9 extracurricular credits. If you take 6 internship credits you may take no more than 3 independent study credits. If you take 6 independent study credits you may take no more than 3 internship credits.
Q: I worked for a media company over the summer? Can I count that as an internship after the fact?
A: No. Internships must be applied for and approved in advance by Dr. Dillon. The internship must then be documented - including time sheets, progress reporters and supervisory assessments -- as you complete the internship. Failure to adequately document your internship per department requirements can result in denial of credit.
Q: What kind of internship will be considered for credit?
A: We expect that you will work closely with an experienced person in your field who will supervise, teach and mentor you. Simply doing work you already know how to do will not be considered for internship credit. Work with your MEDIA faculty mentor to determine whether an opportunity can count as an internship. In-person internships are preferred but online internships will be considered if they meet our criteria.
Q: I have a question about paperwork/how and when to submit forms.
A: The documentation you need to successfully complete your internship are described below. The forms themselves can be found on the Media Department internship website.
Other questions? Reach out to Dr. Dillon: firstname.lastname@example.org