Upon achieving junior and senior status, students are encouraged to take on experiences that enable them to work under the guidance of professionals in the news industry (internships). Many on-campus activities also offer practical experience (practica), and students are strongly urged to take advantage of the opportunities available to them through both the Student Media Company, which publishes a daily newspaper and a yearbook, and the Journalism Division.
Practica are taken for one credit hour at a time. Internships may be taken for one, two or three credit hours at a time, depending on the number of hours worked. A total of three credit hours of internships and practica may be counted toward a student's degree requirements but may not be counted toward the required six credit hours of electives within the division. Internships and practica are taken on a pass/fail basis only.
Professional internships are readily available for journalism majors. SMU is situated in the largest media market in the Southwest and the No. 5 television market in the United States. This means that internships are available not just in the summer but during the regular academic terms as well. Each semester, four top students are selected for an innovative program involving paid internships with The Dallas Morning News. A wide variety of internships are available in broadcast, print, digital, magazine, public relations and governmental affairs. In addition, students can obtain internships in the Dallas professional sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars.
We also can help arrange internships in major markets around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago and Atlanta.