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Tips for completing your internship posting in MEDILLINK

  • Target  Audience: If your position is entry-level, the most typical audience is undergraduate Journalism and IMC Certificate students. Graduate Journalism students are equipped with skills similar to the undergraduate journalism students, but will usually have more specialized knowledge in a particular area (such as Magazine or Interactive Publishing), in addition to, more previous work experience.
  • Timing: Northwestern is on a eleven-week quarter system. Fall quarter begins late September, winter quarter the first week in January and spring quarter in late March. Your posting will have the most visibility when school is in session (i.e. not during holiday/summer breaks).
  • Academic Credit: If students need academic credit to be eligible for an unpaid internship, they may enroll in Medill Career Services’ JOUR 388/499 Internship Course. This class is a recognized course offering and is recorded on the student's transcript and will become a permanent part of their academic file. Check with your Human Resources staff to see if it satisfies your obligations under the US Department of Labor Guidelines.
  • Title: Instead of a generic title like “Intern” write something that describes the  position in more detail – for example “Social Media Intern” or “Fall Editorial Intern”. If your internship is paid, we suggest including that in the title “Paid Marketing Communications  Intern”.
  • Position Type/Hours per Week: During the academic year, students typically undertake part-time internships. The exact number of hours should be decided upon in collaboration with your selected candidate, but can range from 5 to 25 hours per week. Most students try to secure full-time internships during the summer. If you are seeking an undergraduate journalism or IMC certificate student for a full-time internship during the academic year, please read more about the Journalism Residency Program (JR).
  • Compensation: Medill Career Services accepts MEDILLINK posting for paid and some unpaid  internships. Paid positions will generally receive more applicants and more committed hires. Employers are encouraged to offer an hourly wage. Undergraduate wages typically range from $8.25 - $15 per hour, graduate wages from $14-$25 per hour, depending on year in school and prior experience.