Journalism in the Public Interest


Syracuse University

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  • CG 11:13 a.m.
    July 7, 2014
    Major: Magazine Journalism, 2011
    Internship 2.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 1.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    In addition to a full-time five days a week internship, students are also expected to complete a master's thesis. Students basically are paying the school to receive credit for this internship + complete their thesis. Perhaps, the money spent for the credits should go towards helping the students find/secure better internships (i.e. ones where you're actually going to learn something or at least have the opportunity to be hired in the end) through the career center or go towards the student's traveling/living expenses since the Newhouse School at SYR wants its students at the best companies/publications in NYC, LA or DC.

  • MC 5:49 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Policy Studies, 2010
    Internship 1.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 1.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid

    I interned at the American Red Cross in downtown Syracuse for PAF 410. During my short time there, I had at least three different internship coordinators and was mostly assigned busy work that had nothing to do with the fundraising and events initiatives I was supposed to be tackling as part of the course.

    I spent more than 80 hours on-site that semester (I never would have stuck with this internship for so long if it wasn't for a class) and can't say that I gained anything notable from the experience other than insight into how cash-strapped even well-known nonprofits, like the American Red Cross, can be.

    I totally understand that not all internship opportunities can be paid, especially in the nonprofit sector, but I would hope that the ones for academic credit would at least strive to teach students new skills and expose them to real-life work experience that can't be obtained in a classroom. Otherwise, what's the point?

    If I could do things over, I would have just upped my hours at my work study job rather than make the commute downtown for this internship. At least that way I would have been paid.


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