If you’re looking for great talent to nurture, and curious minds with whom to share your expertise, check out our information for internship hosts.
You want to know more about earning academic credit for an internship. Or you’re ready to search for that perfect internship. You’re getting ready to apply for internships, getting ready to start one, or just wrapping up. Learn more about all these topics and more, right on this very page.
You can earn one academic credit per 40 hours of work performed over the course of the semester. For example, a 120-hour internship would equal 3 units of academic credit. Internships are graded Credit/No Credit (neither grade impacts your GPA) and count as general electives, not toward the major.
You must be be a Film or Media major. You have taken Media 180 or Film 101, plus two other classes in either of these two majors, or their equivalents. You also must be a student in good standing with a GPA of at least 2.5.
All transfer students must provide a copy of their transcript.
You are only allowed 12 internship credits total during your academic career at Hunter, so consider saving some. If you have an internship right before graduation, it makes it much easier for the internship host to make you a job offer after graduation.
A great place to start your search is looking through the Hunter Career & Development Services (CDS) listings. CDS examines all internship ads in order to make sure the experience is likely educational (and not just unpaid labor).
We also regularly post internship ads here, under “Posts,” as well as on FM-L, the Film and Media Department listserv. (We do not screen these as carefully as CDS does their postings.) You should join this listserv anyway, since you’ll also find out about upcoming events, where you can learn a lot and make some great off-campus contacts. (Another great networking resource is the Center for Communication, which hosts several top-rate media industry events at colleges around the city.)
There are a wealth of additional online resources to help you find that perfect position. Here are some of the more useful:
- NYU Carter Journalism Institute job and internship listings (lower volume of postings, but screened by NYU staff)
- Intern Match, NYC
- Intern Queen
- Media Bistro Job Listings (link is to a search for internships in NYC, but they have great jobs, too!)
- Idealist.org (it’s the site for nonprofit jobs; internships aplenty)
- CUNY Graduate School of Journalism listings
- NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment internships
- NYC city government internships
- USA Jobs: Students and Grads (federal government positions)
- Indeed.com (better for careers; why not start looking to see what employers are looking for?)
The Career Development Services (CDS) office has a fantastically helpful internship guide filled with great guidance, including:
- When to start applying (p. 2) (Spoiler alert: do it early!)
- What internship hosts are looking for in applicants (p. 4)
- What to consider before committing (p. 4)
- Tips on preparing a resume and cover letter, with examples (pp. 7-11)
- Interviewing and post-interview follow-ups (pp. 12-13)
On their website, CDS has even more information about creating a resume and cover letter.
If you want more help help with your resume or any of these steps, please reach out to Internship Program Director Prof. Shanti Thakur or contact Career Development Services.
Already landed your internship? Congrats! Before you can register for credit, you’ll have to tell us all about your position:
After you submit the form, the Internship Advisor will process your permission to register, and once your registration window opens, you’ll log on to CUNYfirst and register for your internship class just like any other class.
The class number is Media 49801 to 49806, depending on how many credits (1 to 6) you’ll be earning. For example, if you’re registering for a 3-credit internship, you’ll sign up for Media 49803.
Before you start your internship, be sure to read our guide, 10 Keys to a Successful Internship.
Once you’ve done the hours for your internship, your supervisor will need to fill out the Internship Evaluation Form (.docx) and submit it to Internship Program Director Prof. Shanti Thakur.
Once that is received, your grade of “CR” will be entered, and the credits will get you that much closer to graduating.