Students who rely solely on course work as preparation for entry into the professional world are missing a valuable opportunity to expand their professional preparation and development.
Students are strongly encouraged to supplement traditional classroom experience with on-the-job training. The location of OU on the edge of a major metropolitan market in Oklahoma City will provide you with outstanding professional opportunities while earning your degree.
Experience may be full-time or part-time positions with professional communication organizations and departments. Internships outside the state are also encouraged. Experience gained through the internship program may take the form of paid or unpaid positions. Students may arrange their own internships or reach supervisors from the College's extensive contact list.
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Gaylord College Internship Policy
Juniors and seniors may apply and then participate in the Gaylord College’s internship for credit program in which students gain experience and degree credit in paid or unpaid positions. The Gaylord College faculty internship supervisor will review your progress to ensure you are getting the most out of your experience. NOTE: Internship application forms are ONLY available in the Gaylord College Student Services Center.
- Students must have at least 75 semester credit hours earned, of which 15 semester credit hours must be from the Gaylord College (JMC), and have a minimum 3.00 retention grade point average to apply for internship credit.
- Students who wish to receive credit for internship experience must obtain permission from the college no later than the end of the first week of the internship.
- Gaylord College students opt to take internship credit for either two (2) or three (3) semester credit hours (JMC 3800), and this course may be repeated up to a maximum of six (6) semester credit hours.
- Each semester credit hour requires eighty (80) clock-hours of supervised work at the internship location. Internship for credit hours are graded “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory,” s/u.
- Students will record and report their time each week online through a program called “Intervals.”
- Internship site supervisors are asked to complete both a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation on the student’s performance. The student completes an evaluation of the internship experience and program at the end of the semester.
- Finally, the student is required to write and submit a minimum of 500 words in a reflection paper about her/his internship experience and tangible learning outcomes.
Please Note: An internship for credit involves enrolling in and paying for college credit, just as you would for any course offered through the University of Oklahoma. This includes tuition and all associated fees based on the number of credit hours you choose for your internship.
Gaylord College Advisers
When the time comes to start thinking about an internship or exploring career options within journalism and mass communication fields, your academic adviser or faculty mentor should be your first stop. Gaylord College also has a representative available in the central OU Career Services office.
OU Career Services Representative
Gaylord College also has a partner and representative, Sabrina DuFran, in OU's Career Services office. She can get you started with HireSooner.com, assist you in preparing your resume and cover letter, and help you with many other resources available in the their office. She will also team with your academic advisers throughout the year to provide seminars, workshops and career fairs tailored for JMC students.
We are fortunate that Sabrina is also a graduate of the public relations program here at OU and has a good understanding of what JMC students need in their career searches.
Journalism and Mass Communication Career Adviser
Class of 2010, Public Relations
Oklahoma Memorial Union, Suite 323
Career Fairs and Campus Jobs
Held each October in Gaylord Hall
The Gaylord College and OU Career Services team together each fall semester (typically in October) to host a career fair just for journalism and mass communication majors. Employers invited to this career fair are specially chosen for providing jobs in advertising, public relations, journalism, publishing, broadcast, video production, filmmaking and other fields related to our five majors.
OU Career Services also hosts several general, multi-disciplinary career fairs throughout the year. Major career fairs are offered several times each semester.
Opportunities on campus range from reporting, editing, special events, advertising sales and print production to broadcast announcing and production.
Students may seek volunteer and/or paid positions with the following campus organizations.
- The Oklahoma Daily newspaper and website
- The WIRE, a student-run radio station on the Internet and the SAP channel of Cox cable channel 4
- TV4OU, a student run TV station also on Cox Cable channel 4
- KGOU/National Public Radio station located in Copeland Hall
Students can also provide office or computer support, marketing/public relations services, video production, social media assistance or website support for many departments.