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Internships are essential learning and professional experiences to help students gain knowledge in the field, discover their interests and build a resume and portfolio to get a job. Jean Giovanetti, the department’s internship coordinator, works with students and employers to create internship opportunities. The J427 Professional Journalism Internship course also is an option for academic credit. About 87% of students in our program have one or more internships before graduation. We believe this internship rate contributes to our 88% job placement rate in the field for new grads. Check out these internship openings and reach out to Jean Giovanetti with any questions.

In addition, UW Oshkosh’s Career and Professional Development is available to help you in your internships or job search. Check the online resources, classes, Handshake and more.

Internship Criteria

To ensure that an experience is educational, and thus, eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) definition, all the following criteria must be met:

1. The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.

2. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.

3. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.

4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.

5. There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.

6. There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.

7. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Questions to Consider

• What advanced skills and knowledge are ESSENTIAL for this position?

• What responsibilities of this position require advanced coursework at an institution of higher education?

• What will I learn or experience from this internship that I haven’t had the opportunity to learn or experience yet?

• Who will provide supervision and training throughout the experience?


Positions typically NOT considered professional experience: 

• Cashier

• Bank teller

• Telemarketer

• Receptionist

• General laborer

• Waiter/host/bartender

• Sales floor personnel

• Point of sale representative

• Administrative assistant

• Customer service representative


Interested in working with a minority-owned organization or business? Be sure to specify your interest in working with a minority-owned business when creating your Handshake profile, and inform the Internship Coordinator and your faculty adviser.

How to Find Internships
  • Develop a resume and cover letter, all tailored to each position.
  • Talk to the Journalism Department Internship Coordinator and your faculty adviser.
  • Check the internship postings below and on the twin bulletin boards across from Sage Hall #3003 and in the AMP reading room located in Sage #3408. 
  • Check Handshake, LinkedIn, Indeed and individual websites of organizations where you want to work.
  • Stay after class to talk to speakers and guests about your interests in your field and their connections or opportunities.
  • Attend job fairs, career workshops and other professional development opportunities to network with prospective employers.
  • Improve your interviewing skills by attending mock interviews.
  • Follow up on any possible leads or applications you may have sent out. 
  • Alert family, friends, faculty and those in your network you are searching and include a copy of your resume and criteria for your search.
  • If there is a specific company or organization that you are interested in, check their website or contact them directly about internship opportunities.
  • Consider turning your current part-time or former position into an internship using contacts you may already have. Ask the Internship Coordinator for advice on this. 
Non-profit Internships

Internships are available in small businesses and corporate settings as well as the non-profit sector where students work in government, the arts and education. Examples of non-profit internship titles might include:

  • Grant Writer
  • Development Intern
  • Nonprofit Administration Intern
  • Executive Intern

Responsibilities could include working with:


• Conducting in-depth research on funding possibilities for program and initiatives.

• Contributing significantly to source identification, feasibility analysis, and the proposal drafting process.

• Assisting with development of program specific grant proposals.

• Performing grant writing, grant management, funding opportunity research, resource research.


• Working with the Executive Director, assisting with fundraising, producing events, analyzing strategic plans.

• Assisting with planning and implementation of fundraising events.

• Examples of marketing, fundraising, and event planning duties are researching donor prospects and granting organizations, attending strategic meetings, helping to plan benefits and distributing marketing materials.

Public Relations

• Other duties may include assisting with capital campaigns and general public relations.

• Communication tools — emails, newsletters, community presentations.


IWM Internships

The goal of an internship in interactive web management is to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-world situations, as well as gain the skills and experience that is necessary to prepare the student for a successful career in interactive web management.

UW Oshkosh Interactive Web Management Highlights:

Interactive Web Management is offered as a BS, BA, and BBA degree with largely the same core content. It is offered and managed jointly by the four departments. The degree prepares students for work at the intersection of technology, marketing, public relations and media. The graduates of the program will be able to work in areas such as developing and managing web site presences, social media strategy, social media production, search engine optimization and online brand presence.

Internship Overview:

Internships are professional experiences that students participate in to gain professional skills and experiences. Internships are structured as learning experiences that combine in-class theory with real-world applications. A valid experience for IWM majors is an internship or co-op that requires skills and knowledge obtained from major-specific courses. Positions should be similar to an entry-level position that these students would get out of college. IWM interns may work in Web development, Web design, online brand presence or Web marketing in a larger company, but also have the ability to manage an entire Web-based infrastructure for a small firm where one or two people might make up the entire IT staff.

Specific responsibilities may include:

• Website content creation

• External digital content creation

• Developing operational plans

• Managing technology infrastructures

• Designing, implementing data collection and sharing mechanisms

• Analyzing and addressing ethical considerations of interactive technologies and online communities

• Providing privacy, security and protection of information assets

• Search engine optimization

• Digital project management

Past Student Internship Projects:

• Find solutions to web design issues

• Usability testing

• Social media marketing

• Analytics research

• Search engine optimization research

• Creating content for e-blast campaigns and press releases

• Strategizing new creative marketing techniques

• HTML/CSS coding projects

• Web development support

• Branding design

• Mobile app development 


Please note:

Internships and prospective jobs will be posted for eight weeks after which time they will be deleted from our site unless we hear from the business/organization that the position has not been filled. If there is an application deadline, the announcement will be removed after the deadline.

Marketing (Video) Internship -- Oshkosh Corporation -- POSTED: 3-17-2024 DEADLINE until filled
Marketing internship opportunity with Oshkosh Corporation. Scott Bradley, RTF/journalism alumnus with UWO, is the person in charge of hiring. Video experience would be necessary for this role.–year-round-_R26676

Paid Summer Internship in NYC -- POSTED: 3-17-2024 EARLY DEADLINE 3/31/2024

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity in NYC

Educational Housing Services (EHS) is looking for a summer Marketing Ambassador and Intern to work on digital content creation (with a focus on TikTok) and general marketing initiatives. EHS will provide payment and housing accommodations.

Thousands of interns enjoy calling EHS home every summer. EHS offers five residences throughout NYC to choose from, and interns can relax in comfort with amenities including A/C, free Wi-Fi, fitness centers, and networking activities. Reservations made by 3/31/24 will receive a $150 digital Whole Foods gift card at check-in!
Learn more about both offers by calling 800-297-4694 or clicking below. 

Gannett News Interns -- POSTED: 3-12-2024 DEADLINE 4-1-2024

The Post-Crescent and the Press-Gazette are seeking summer interns, the application deadline is April 1. More information about the positions is available at these links, which are also the ones students or recent grads may use to apply.


Green Bay:


CESA 6 Marketing Intern -- POSTED: 3-8-2024

CESA 6 is seeking a creative and enthusiastic Marketing Intern to assist in driving the success of multiple business units. Candidates are required to include a link to a digital portfolio showcasing knowledge of graphic design. (Include on Resume)

2024 Summer Internship Program within the Constituent Services and Proclamations Department. -- POSTED: 3-7-2024 DEADLINE: 4-10-2024

The Office of Governor Tony Evers has opened the application portal for the 2024 Summer Internship Program within the Constituent Services and Proclamations Department.

Information regarding the internship program can be found hereInternship applications are due on April 10, 2024, and must be submitted here:


In addition, applications have opened for two Limited-Term Employment opportunities within the department. See below:


2024 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship and Summer Internship -- POSTED: 2-8-2024 DEADLINE: 4-5-2024

The 2024 Barkin McKeithan Scholarship and Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications!

Mueller Communications is offering a full-time paid internship ($15/hour) and $2,000 scholarship for this summer. Our Barkin McKeithan Scholarship intern will spend the summer gaining real-world experience to help them accelerate to the next phase of their career.

This position is open to students entering their junior and senior years in the fall, and are either from Wisconsin or attend a Wisconsin college or university. We welcome students that have design/creative, marketing and communications skills.

The application form and instructions are on our website. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 5.

WLUK-TV Part-time Weekend Desk Assistant -- POSTED: 1-31-2024 DEADLINE: Until filled

Start your media career with us.  WLUK-TV has a Part-time Weekend Desk Assistant position – perfect for someone who wants to begin a career in writing for the media. The Desk Assistant position supports the newsroom and field crews, and writes social media and digital content. Posting content to our social media and web site is a crucial part of this position. This is an entry level position and we offer training and support. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Write and post news content on digital platforms 
  • Answer newsroom phones – Answer Viewer questions 
  • Support field crews – monitor scanners and emails 
  • Interact with other news stations and other news partners
  • Ability to work independently and as a team


  • Related education and/or experience preferred
  • Strong candidates will have background in news writing, or journalism or social media through college coursework
  • Journalism or communications or digital media students preferred 
  • Training is provided

General Hours: 

  • Flexible shift includes weekend days roughly 20 hours/week  


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

Wisconsin Public Radio Newsroom Fellowships -- POSTED: 1-28-2024 DEADLINE: 3-5-2024

Wisconsin Public Radio is hiring two newsroom fellows. Meant to serve as developmental reporters, these are 12-month positions for early career journalists. They will be general-assignment reporters responsible for producing daily news stories and, occasionally, feature-length material for radio and the web. The fellows receive regular and concentrated coaching on writing, editing, voicing and other aspects of radio news reporting.


The Second Century News Fellow is based in our Milwaukee office and covers events and communities in southeast Wisconsin – the most populous and diverse region of the state.


The Lee Ester News Fellowship is based in our Madison office and covers events and communities in and around Madison – the Wisconsin state capitol and the fastest growing region in the state.


Click the Job application link for full position details:

O'Rourke Media Group Hiring Freelance Writers and Reporters -- ONGOING NEED

O’Rourke Media Group is recruiting for experienced, well-rounded freelance writers and reporters that are interested in providing their services to help expand and supplement hyper-local news coverage in communities where we have newspapers and websites.

To find out more information, please click here.

Fox Cities Magazine -- Editorial Interns -- ONGOING NEED

FOX CITIES Magazine offers internships in our editorial department, providing students with experience in the day-to-day operations of a monthly publication and up-to-the-minute digital channels. Balancing a variety of responsibilities, intern duties run the gamut from completing writing assignments to updating the many facets of

Interns attend events, interview local leaders, write blog posts and craft meaningful stories about life in the Fox Cities. Interns do not fetch coffee. There are ample writing opportunities available on topics such as the local arts scene, dining trends, home, health and personality profiles.

We are dedicated to equipping editorial interns with real-life experience. It matters to us that they leave our company with knowledge to assist them in their future career endeavors.

Besides the colleges and universities close to home, we look to other institutions around the state and consider applicants of all backgrounds and degrees. We do not discriminate based on race and sex. We are drawn to dedicated and unique personalities, which complement our fast-paced, demanding industry. We offer flexible scheduling within the 9-5 timeframe.

Interns are expected to commit to roughly 8-10 hours per week. The internship is unpaid, but students can choose to pursue college credit as an option.

Interns finesse research and reporting/editing skills while getting an inside look at the workings of a monthly publication.

  • Assist the editor with research
  • Update calendars and guides
  • Set up and conduct interviews with sources
  • Write pullout articles, artist spotlight and/or feature articles
  • Update web content (Dining Guide, Events Calendar, features, blog)
  • Organize copy and small office projects
  • Proofread and fact-check copy for print and online
  • Update
  • Contribute to the FCM blog and social media outlets
  • Participate in editorial planning meetings


  • Must be a sophomore, junior or senior studying journalism or English. Previous writing experience preferred, but not required. Graduates looking for an unpaid position to gain experience also are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should be enthusiastic and motivated idea generators who are willing to learn, able to meet deadlines and flexible.
  • Proficiency in various social media platforms and blogging desired.

Applications are accepted year round. Send cover letter, résumé and writing samples to Ruth Ann Heeter, Fox Cities Magazine, P.O. Box 2496, Appleton WI 54912; or email materials to


The Artifice -- Writers -- ONGOING NEED

The Artifice  is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, including Film, Literature, Anime, Comics, Games, and Arts. It is collaboratively built and maintained by the writers. The platform has an established audience of millions. See:

Instead of recycling the same entertainment news stories or publishing commonplace editorials, The Artifice focus on unique topics that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful.

We are currently expanding and we would like to provide an opportunity for your students, staff, and faculty to join our team of writers.

Our writers range from undergraduates to emeritus professors.

If this is something of interest, can you simply forward this message and the following link to all of your former and current students, faculty, and staff:

YardBarker Sports News Editor Internship -- ONGOING NEED

Sports News Editor Internship

Yardbarker is a sports news service committed to delivering breaking NFL newsMLB newsNBA news, and NHL news. We write, aggregate and syndicate hundreds of articles, galleries and sports quizzes daily. And, we produce the most informative and customizable sports newsletter in the industry, The Morning Bark. To find out more, click here:

Science Web Magazine Writer -- Freelance Writer -- ONGOING NEED

My name is Andrew Neff, I work with a science web-magazine, and I’d like to advertise a paid writing opportunity to your students.  We can’t quite manage a full paid internship, but are interested in paying your students to contribute individual pieces ($250 for 500-800 words).  Feel free to take a look at our organization’s website (, and reach out to me at any time should you have any questions.



Raw Story -- Journalism Fellows and Interns -- ONGOING NEED

Ongoing. Seeking journalism fellows and interns who have a sincere passion for news, politics, civil rights and government accountability. Successful applicants should be quick learners, organized and able to work efficiently under fast-paced editorial deadlines. Work closely with editorial staff copy-editing, researching and writing. Learn more

Disney College Program -- ONGOING NEED

Participate in the Disney College Program and get your foot in the door to potentially become a Disney Professional Intern. Learn more

Internships in other areas:

Madison Area

Internships in the Madison area can be obtained by visiting our sister site at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Minneapolis Area

Internships in the Minneapolis area can be obtained by visiting the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities website.

Throughout Wisconsin
Diversity in Advertising and Public Relations Internships
California Internships
Newspaper Internship Directory (Updated annually)
National Internships & Fellowships

Jobs, Fellowships & Networking Opportunities:

Reporter -- The Marshall Independent, Southwest Minnesota -- POSTED: 11-1-2023
The Marshall Independent in southwest Minnesota is looking for a jack of all trades type of a reporter. Someone who can cover a school board meeting during the week and cover a football game on the weekend. The reporter will work closely with the sports editor to develop game coverage and features that include outdoor activities. The successful candidate will also quickly post stories online and use social media tools to develop, distribute and enhance stories. Interested candidates should email Editor Mike Lamb at