Journalism in the Public Interest


Arizona State University

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  • Tim 2:55 p.m.
    Dec. 7, 2014
    Major: Political Science, 2014
    Internship No rating
    Oversight & Aid No rating
    Payment Unknown

    I completed an unpaid internship with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences internship program at ASU in the Fall and Summer of 2014. Students were primarily responsible for finding their internship. There was not much guidance from the internship director on issues like the DoL regulations on internships. The internship director would probably intervene if asked by students for more work or different work, but if you're not made sufficiently aware of what an internship *should* be, you're not apt to bring it up.

    In conversations with other interns, I gathered that few if any of our group of 20 or so, were paid. A lot of students complained that their internship consisted of a lot of busywork--data entry for hours on end and the like. Although most of us seemed to enjoy our internships and were glad we completed them, we were all assigned tasks for which the organizations we were interning for would otherwise have to pay an employee.

    The organization I interned for had no paid employees other than the three heads of the org. My bosses worked extremely hard and were good people, but the organization would not have been able to function without the unpaid work of the many ASU students who interned there.

  • Jane 10:11 a.m.
    March 30, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2013
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 5.0-stars
    Payment Paid

    The journalism school at ASU had an internship fair where students interviewed with companies and were then matched with internships. It was incredible that a large majority of students who interviewed was offered at least one internship. My first internship was after my sophomore year during Summer 2012. It was a paid internship with the Arizona Republic, one of the largest newspapers in the country, and was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. After my Fall 2012 internship fell through a month before it was supposed to start, ASU's career services office helped me secure another internship, with NBC News in New York City. The university works extremely hard to make sure its students have the opportunities to succeed, and I would not have been nearly as successful in college without their support.


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