Our 12-week professional internship program gives students first-hand experience to combine theory and practice before they graduate.
Internship Program Overview
Learning on the job is a crucial part of a professional degree program since there are many aspects of journalism that cannot be addressed solely in the classroom.
Internships provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom, both the theoretical and craft aspects of journalism, to the actual day to day work of reporting, writing, and producing news and information for an audience. You will hone your skills and learn to ‘think like journalists’ and function within a journalistic culture.
Students can intern as print, broadcast, online or multi platform journalists. They can work in Canada or internationally.
Students will participate in an internship placement as part of the Master of Journalism program. This placement is usually undertaken in the spring and summer after the first two terms of the program are completed. However, preparation for the internship begins in the Fall term of your first year. In this time, we will hold professional seminars on the internship search, writing resumes, cover letters, and interview practice.
The internship placement has proven to be an opportunity for students to acquire a portfolio of work and to develop professional relationships with editors and reporters. These ‘networking opportunities’ have been instrumental for students when it comes to their careers post-graduation.
Our students have worked as reporters, researchers, associate producers, online editors, field producers, and copy editors in Canada and around the world. Some notable organizations include: Reuters, CBC radio, television and online, CBC London, National Public Radio in the U.S., Time, CNN, The Vancouver Sun, South China Morning Post, the New York Times, United Nations in Bangkok, Icelandic Public Radio, APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television, Fashion Magazine, Greenpeace, Saudi Gazette, The Tyee, Georgia Straight, Canadian Geographic, Maisonneuve, The Narwhal, The Discourse, CTV and Global Television as well as a myriad of Vancouver-based news organizations.