Journalism in the Public Interest


The University of Montana

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  • GoGriz! 12:03 a.m.
    March 20, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2012
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Paid

    I interned at a major daily newspaper in the northwest, which assigned me to work from the state capitol and later on A1 enterprise projects, some of which drew national attention or we're the best read that year. The paper has a long history of selecting UM grads because they trust we'll be prepared. Some get hired. That said, I barely survived. I did not take academic credit because I could not afford the tuition. The internship paid $150 a week for 35 hrs of work. I had to pay for and find my own housing, pay for daily parking downtown or at the Capitol and, you know, buy groceries. Work-related mileage was reimbursed. The rental market was tight and few wanted to do a short term lease. I roomed with other interns, but still paid $400 a month plus $8 a day in parking plus groceries. I pretty much ate only eggs, tortillas, cheese and yogurt all summer because it was all I could afford. I had to take a personal loan half way through the summer as my savings for the internship disappeared from higher-than-expected costs. It also meant I had to take out an ed loan the following semester because I had not earned money over the summer to close the gap between tuition and scholarships.

  • InternGal 11:49 p.m.
    March 19, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2012
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 2.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    The School of Journalism requires all students to complete a one-credit internship at an approved publication or organization before graduation. That one credit costs $300-1200 dollars depending on whether you are an in-state student. I worked full-time at my 2010 unpaid internship alongside some fabulous mentors, but could have learned more if I had not been tired and stressed from balancing it with another full-time job to pay rent, transportation, etc. Beyond asking my supervisor to complete a one- page evaluation form at the end of my internship, the school was not involved. They have since revamped parts of the program, I understand, and must say my coursework prepared me to thrive at the internship.


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