Journalism in the Public Interest


New York University

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Internships 4.0-stars Based on 4 ratings
Oversight & Aid 3.5-stars Based on 4 ratings
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  • M 3:10 p.m.
    March 25, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2012
    Internship 3.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    I completed two internships while a graduate student at NYU. One was fine, and the other was exceptional. What I found frustrating was the amount of control the program wanted to exert on where we interned and how we did it. There was a limited number of internships that would be approved for credit, and it was hard to get an out-of-the-box internship approved, even though journalism is going through huge shifts right now. The fact that I was paying to work for free was obviously frustrating. I would have rather been on my own for the internship process. Also, career services was so occupied by internships, I had zero help in actually getting a job.

  • J 2:52 p.m.
    March 19, 2014
    Major: Broadcast Journalism, 2009
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 5.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    I got a lot out of my internship experiences. I worked with some great broadcasting companies and actually work for one of the companies I used to intern for. The internships were very hands-on and the career department was really responsive to any questions or concerns I had along the way

  • C 11:10 a.m.
    March 19, 2014
    Major: Independant Study (Multimedia and Globalization), 2005
    Internship 3.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 2.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    My experience doing an intership through NYU was only marginally good at best. While it was valuable to get the name of a prominent New York City Arts non-profit on my resume, the type of work and projects I was assigned were generally low quality tasks (creating copies of development packets) or design work that typically would be a freelance paid assignment. The school already had a long standing relationship with the org, and there was very little structure in place to make sure I was having an experience that supplemented my education. Additionally while working there, I realized that there were no open positions or job prospects for me after the internship was completed, as the organization relied on free labor from the internship system to operate (something that appears to be a problem at numerous arts non-profits).

    While the experience did improve my resume and I received credit, I left the experience feeling a little upset that all I had learned about was administrative tasks, leaving with little more than a mediocre reference for real employment.

  • Student 4:11 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Journalism (graduate level), 2012
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    I had a phenomenal experience doing an unpaid internship through NYU as a journalism graduate student. I probably wouldn't have been able to do the internship if it weren't for academic credit -- the organization otherwise would have had to pay me per their own policy. I didn't feel particularly wronged by the organization. I was extremely inexperienced at that point and learned an incredible amount while working for free.

    That said, it rankled a bit that I had to pay tuition to NYU (I think well over $1,000?) for an internship class credit. We had internship class meetings and help composing resumes and cover letters, but on balance, they were not essential.

    What should be the rules regarding unpaid internships? I do think that it makes very little sense for schools to get paid money for internship credits. The idea that it's somehow morally better to take on an intern who is getting academic credit than one who is simply unpaid makes no sense. The bigger question is whether unpaid internships should be allowed at all. Doing an unpaid internship was completely worth it for me. But perhaps society as a whole would be better off if we forced companies to step up to the plate and pay all their workers.


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