Journalism in the Public Interest


University of California-Berkeley

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  • vulpixel 8:34 p.m.
    Feb. 1, 2017
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    I did about 6-7 internships over the course of my Cal career, some paid and some unpaid. I'll tell you about one.
    Publishing internship started as unpaid and for credit, then became paid after the pub. house changed its internships policy 4 months into my internship. The internship ended up being for a total of 7 months (I asked to extend it and they agreed, and started to pay me). Sadly, I had to jump from one credit course to another when the spring semester changed to summer. This was difficult and involved a lot of paperwork. UC Berkeley also requires you to write an academic paper for each independent study (which is how they code internship credit courses in many of the humanities departments) and get a professor to sign off on your study and how it relates to what you'll learn during your internship.

    Thankfully, I personally didn't need any hand-holding and appreciated the independence my professor advisors over the course of my Cal career gave me. As someone on a visa, it was like we all knew I was more focused on the work experience and the internship and was just using the course credit portion as a way to legally adhere to company policy to keep the internship and then the course credit to get paid at the internship.

    It's much easier to do unpaid internships without course credit if possible, because honestly, you don't learn that much and it takes a toll when you're working unpaid + have to "pay" for the internship via taking units. But at Cal during spring and fall semesters you aren't charged by the unit/class, so technically it doesn't cost any "more" as you're paying a set rate for tuition for fall and spring. Fall and spring internships are super exhausting but worth it if you can get paid by the company. In the summer, however, it's a different story and courses range from $400-800 or more per class.


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