Student Internship Resources

BEFORE applying for any of the following internships, you are invited to contact and meet with Internship Coordinator Charles Kaufman ( with any questions. Any internship you seek must provide opportunities to produce create or build an internship portfolio. If you wish to receive course credit for an internship, complete the Internship Application, Student Internship Agreement, and Employer Internship Agreement.

The internship website is organized by program. Companies that offer internships to students in multiple programs are commonly listed under each program. Also, make sure to "like" our Facebook page: TxState SJMC Internships, Careers.

Student FAQ

  • An internship is a position in a business that offers students or recent graduates an opportunity to use skills learned in the classroom and gain others It is a “real-world” experience in a chosen field.

  • In a word, “Yes.” First, you need real-world experience, work that will become part of your portfolio. Second, you need an opportunity to interact with practitioners in your career field. Next, you need a chance to observe the work environment that you hope to make your career.

  • In addition to work experience, internships will make you competitive in your pursuit of a job after graduation. Internships provide essential opportunities for you to build on your professional network. They will help you make career choices and give you an idea of what you want to do — and often what you don’t want to do — with your career.

  • You should get as many internships as possible. More is better, as they will give you more opportunities to refine and augment your skill set and make yourself more versatile and appealing as a job candidate.

  • Well, not necessarily. If you have work experience that complements your career aspirations or you have work samples from volunteer work in organizations, you can build a perfectly credible portfolio. 

  • Precisely and, along the way, learning new ones. Internships are also experiences in which you can learn from your mistakes. This is also a time to practice having a good work ethic. Work hard and carefully. Get to work early and be willing to stay late. Show your eagerness.  Take a professional approach to your work. 

  • Not really. While shadowing provides great value through observing others, it is no substitute for doing the work yourself, doing work that will become part of a portfolio. So, if you’re just observing, you’re not doing. No doubt you will absorb knowledge from a veteran practitioner, but you need work samples. In your search for an internship, be aware of work of tasks that will yield work samples.

  • Yes. Employers in our ever-changing industry want to see how technologically savvy you are. Move SKILLS to the top of your resume and list useful computer skills or languages that will boost your usefulness in the digital age. There is no need to state that you’re good with people, have strong oral skills or that you’re a multi-tasker. Nor do you need to list RELEVANT COURSEWORK if you’re, say, a public relations major applying for a PR job. Your employer knows the courses PR majors take. Email me at and I will send you a sample resume. As for cover letters, they should NOT be generic letters; they should NOT be narratives of your resume. They should be unique to each employer. Let’s discuss.

Need More Information?

Contact the Internship Coordinator regarding internships.