Resources for the Community
Engage with MFJS faculty and students
Whether you live in Denver or along the Front Range, you have plenty of ways to get involved with our department and our exceptional faculty, staff and students. Check out our students' work in the form of short films, podcast episodes, articles and more, or join us for an event. Learn more about hiring our fantastic students or inviting one of our incredible faculty members to speak at your organization or event.
Hire Our Students
Hire an Intern
The Media, Film & Journalism Studies department provides outstanding student interns who come prepared to contribute to your team. Prerequisite courses ensure that students have the background knowledge and skills to make the most of the internship experience. We have both undergraduate and graduate students prepared to intern in variety of positions relating to strategic communication, film and video, journalism, intercultural and global communication, and more. Ideal internship hosts take their roles as mentors seriously, understanding that students are working with them in order to learn how to apply classroom skills in a professional environment.
Requesting an Intern
We publicize internships that meet our requirements for providing mentorship and supervision in a professional environment from a variety of areas, including corporate and nonprofit organizations as well as boutique firms and individual projects. To request an intern please email a detailed job description as an attachment on letterhead or as a link to your website including:
- What the student will learn from the internship
- Specific projects and duties the intern will fulfill
- Skills that will be required to succeed
- Instructions on how to apply
Requirements of For-Credit Internships
Students must submit an online registration form, including uploading a signed internship offer letter. The offer letter should be on the organization's letterhead and include:
- A summary of the job description
- Internship dates and hours of work
- Supervisor name, contact info and signature.
The student must work 40 hours for each one credit during the quarter the internship is registered, with a maximum of 4 credits.
At the completion of the experience, both the student and the supervisor will be asked to fill out an online evaluation form, which includes quantitative and qualitative measures. Based on these evaluations, students receive academic letter grades for the the internship course.
Paid vs. Unpaid Internships
There are many more employers looking for interns than there are interns looking for internships, so an hourly wage or stipend is a great way to attract top candidates. Although many students complete unpaid internships, it is important to remember that they are also paying the university for the credits they receive from the experience.
Paid or not, we are vigilant about students working in an environment that takes this educational role seriously by providing mentoring and supervision, encouraging the tackling of projects with room for failure, providing constructive and frequent feedback, and offering career guidance and networking opportunities where possible.
While we ask that non-profit and for-profit internship hosts alike provide the type of experience described above, the U.S. Department of Labor has created guidelines specifically aimed at helping for-profit organizations determine the legality of their unpaid internships.
To learn more please contact our Internship Director, Professor Erika Polson, at 303-871-3831 or MFJSinternships@du.edu.
Post a Job
Do you have a media, film or journalism job opportunity you'd like to share? From news outlets and film and media companies to positions in businesses, nonprofits and government, our students and alumni have the critical thinking skills, understanding of media and practical experience to contribute to your organization. Work with DU's Career Services to post a job or internship opportunity, participate in a career fair or set up on-campus interviewing. We also provide employers, students and alumni access to Pioneer Careers, our online internship, job and event board.
Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media
At the Estlow Center, our aim is to combine the study of journalism, how it enhances civic engagement and upholds human rights, with the every growing emergent digital environment of our world. We do this by engaging with and providing support for research, and recognizing media professionals who are working toward a better understanding of how journalism functions in our collective lives.
Check out the research and work faculty and students are doing with the Estlow Center, and join us for the annual Estlow Lecture and Anvil of Freedom Award.
Are you looking for an expert to speak at your event?
Our distinguished faculty specialize in many forms of media and journalism, and would be delighted to share their expertise.
Project DU F.I.L.M.
Are you an actor, business owner or film enthusiast who is eager to share your expertise and work with future filmmakers? The Department of Media, Film and Journalism's filmmaking program connects students with professional alumni and community partners to create, promote and distribute films. Your collaboration is greatly valued by both students and faculty.Get Involved
Center for Community Engagement and Learning
The Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning aims to connect the University with the community for public good through programs and services, volunteering, networking, teaching, grant funding and more. Join our mission of improving lives and participate in one or more of our many avenues for community engagement.Join Us
Interested in connecting with one of our many experts? DU has experts in fake news, media law, cybersecurity and more. Call or email the DU Media Relations Team to schedule an interview.Contact Us