Earn while you learn
The undergraduate internship experience
The School’s programs are carefully structured to balance classroom, studio and fieldwork experience to ease the transition to becoming a working journalist. All of our students serve one 13-week paid internship as part of their studies, in the summer or fall semester. This curricular innovation empowers our students to both ‘earn while they learn’ and ‘interview on the job’ with prospective employers. Many internships lead to job offers. In fact, many of our students are placed in a second 13-week paid internship as extra work experience. This provides experience in both print and broadcast, and the chance to travel more widely and work in varied newsrooms. This enhances their portfolios and references and increases the chance of job offers.
We are pleased to offer the Mary Lou Ogle International Internship, in partnership with the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English language daily newspaper. Students spend 13 weeks reporting for the Post, covering a variety of topics according to their interests. Bangkok is a centre for major international news bureaus covering Southeast Asia, offering a chance to build networks that will last a lifetime. A perfect internship for students wishing to work internationally.
Eligibility: Students who graduated from a Saskatchewan high school and maintain a minimum GPA of 80 per cent during their first year of journalism studies.
Bridging to Masters internship
Bridging students also complete an internship as part of their preparation for Master of Journalism studies. This is an especially valuable opportunity for international students who wish to gain extra experience in a Canadian newsroom.
What do students do?
Student interns in journalism studies at the University of Regina must complete a minimum 13-week internship, researching and reporting under a newsroom site supervisor. Interns are also assigned a faculty advisor for the work term.
When do the internships happen?
Following the completion of two terms of study in the School, students are assigned placements in one of two semesters: May-August or September-December.
How are students placed?
Students apply for internship with select newsrooms, interviews are arranged, and placement results are confirmed by the internship coordinator in consultation with the faculty.
What are the rules?
The School has final authority over the timing and assignment of student internships. University credit for the internship program is equivalent to five courses in journalism studies. The grading of pass/fail is assessed according to criteria established by the faculty. Faculty supervisors are responsible for checking in on students during each internship. Students accepting an internship placement enter into a contractual relationship that recognizes the mutual objectives of the School and its internship partners: to achieve the highest standards of journalism education and achievement.
Where do students go?
The School of Journalism works with a wide range of newsrooms and communications departments. Our partnerships represent local, regional and national commitments to the internship program. Our partners have included:
- CBC (Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto)
- CTV (Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Prince Albert)
- The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
- The Regina Leader-Post
- The Western Producer (Saskatoon)
- CBC Newsworld (Calgary)
- CBC TV Canada Now (Calgary)
- The Winnipeg Free Press
- Discovery Channel (Toronto)
- The Edmonton Journal
- Medicine Hat News
- Moose Jaw Times-Herald
- Prince Albert Daily Herald
- Eagle Feather News
- Global News (Regina, Calgary, Edmonton)
- CJME (Regina)
- CKOM (Saskatoon)
- Bangkok Post (Thailand)
- Alberta Primetime (Edmonton)
- Manitoba Co-operator (Winnipeg)
Why do an internship?
These partners and many others have benefited from the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism the School’s students. On the strengths of their performance, many interns have been offered jobs on graduation. Portfolios of published/broadcast work and references earned have also helped graduates with their job searches. Invariably this type of newsroom mentoring eases the transition from school to work, empowering graduates to hit the ground running. The internship program welcomes partners in all provinces, the territories and other countries.
How do I hire an intern?
If you are interested in providing a working environment for student interns, please contact internship coordinator, Layton Burton.
Adam Gamble undertook our international internship in Bangkok, Thailand, where he reported for the Bangkok Post.