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George Washington University

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  • Ambivalent 2:55 p.m.
    March 25, 2014
    Major: Political Communication, 2013
    Internship 3.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 1.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
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    SMPA, GW's journalism and public relations program, strongly encourages students to do internships.

    I interned at several different DC locations. In my last 2 years as a GW undergrad I interned at: an education association, a nonprofit, and 2 news organizations. Three of the four were unpaid, while the fourth paid for by work-study. The quality of the experience varied wildly from internship to internship: the education association wanted 95% administrative work, while the non-profit actually made skill development a priority.

    Only one of the four internships I did was for class credit. The school requires you to fill out a form, find an adviser, and prove that you worked on a meaningful project at the internship. I met with my adviser twice to have them sign the form, and then later to pick out books relevant to the internship.

    On balance, I wish that internships were less ubiquitous - I don't feel that I learned anything that I couldn't have dealt with on my own. Because I worked while I went to school, I often had to sacrifice study-time or class-time to attend my internship. However, the internships and GW degree were the reason that I was accepted for a post-graduation paid internship that ultimately transitioned into a job - something that I would not have been hired for otherwise.

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