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How can Cronkite Career Services help me?


We offer students comprehensive career planning, preparation and internship services including resume and portfolio review, LinkedIn optimization strategies, resume writing tools, media career exploration and connecting you to media-related opportunities.




How do I make an appointment with Cronkite Career Services?


To make an appointment with us, please call 602-496-5055 or visit our "Meet the Team" page to book an appointment with a member of our team.




Do you take walk-ins?


Yes. You may walk in to see a Cronkite Career Services representative on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Walk-in meetings are limited to 10 minutes.




How do I contact Cronkite Career Services?


The main Student Services line is 602-496-5055, and we can be reached by email via cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu. You can also visit our website at www.cronkitecareerservices.com.




Where is Cronkite Career Services located?


Career Services is located on the second floor of the Cronkite School in Suite 222, just off of the First Amendment Forum.





Internships

How do I get an internship?


Interview Days
Most students find internships through the designated internship interview days, which are held every semester with broadcast, PR and print/digital employers. These are scheduled 15-minute interviews with local media and PR hiring managers. If you secure an internship through the interview day, you are required to register for it. Important application deadlines and dates of the events are listed on the calendar. If you would like more internship guidance, please book an appointment online.
Other Opportunities If you find an internship that you’d like to pursue that is outside of the interview day, please send the following information to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu:

  • The company name.
  • Your duties and responsibilities.
  • Your supervisor's name and title, and the number of hours you will work each week.
Students must be under the supervision of an experienced media professional who has a degree in journalism, communications or a related area. Please contact us with any questions.




Can I work an out-of-state internship?


Yes. However, Career Services must review the opportunity to determine whether it meets school internship credit requirements. Please send the following information to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu:

  • The company name.
  • Your duties and responsibilities.
  • Your supervisor's name and title, and the number of hours you will work each week.
Students must be under the supervision of an experienced media professional. Please contact us with any questions.




Do out-of-state internships offer housing?


No, companies do not offer housing. If you work an out-of-state internship you are responsible for arranging and paying for housing.




May I work an internship at my family business or have a relative as my supervisor?


No. The Cronkite School will not approve an internship in which the student works for a family business or when a relative supervises the intern. In addition, the internship supervisor may not be a direct/indirect line report to the student’s relative.




Once I secure an internship, how do I get credit for it?


1. First, you must complete an internship credit form online and submit:

  • Unofficial transcript (PDF from your MyASU account)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Brief career goals paragraph that will be included in the employer packet (PDF)
2. Resume and interview day prep sessions are offered weeks prior to the interview days. 3. Attend a pre-interview day meeting to pick up the job description packet and to receive specific instructions on company sign-up. Other questions about attire, preparation and participating companies will be answered at that time. 4. Interview: Come well prepared for your interviews (your schedule will be sent by ASU email at least 3 days before the event) and research the companies that you signed up for.




How can I get help with my resume, LinkedIn and/or my portfolio?


The Career Services team would be happy to assist you in a one-on-one appointment. To book an appointment with a member of our team, please click here.




Does it cost anything to receive summer internship credit?


Yes. Like any other summer class, you will need to pay summer school tuition for any internship credit (MCO 584, JMC 484 or MCO 294).




How many hours do I have to work to get internship credit?


Fall semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours) Spring semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours) Summer semester: MCO 584 (215 hours), JMC 484 (215 hours), MCO 294 (120 hours)
* These are the minimum internship hours required for Cronkite course credit. However, the student and employer may agree to more hours.




Are internships paid?


Yes and no. About half of the internships available at interview days are paid. The Cronkite Career Services team highly encourages all employers to pay students for their time and to attract top talent.




How long are internships?


Internships run for an entire semester. However, some students may choose to continue working with their employer for an extended period of time once the semester concludes.





Mentor Programs

What opportunities do you have for mentoring?


The Cronkite School offers two mentorship programs. Professional Mentorship Program This program pairs incoming, non-transfer freshmen with a media or communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market and fifth-largest city. Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program This program, called In-TUNE (Information To Use and Navigate Everyday) pairs incoming freshmen and transfer students with Cronkite upperclassmen or graduate students. To learn more about either mentor opportunity, please email cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu.




What is the professional mentor program and how long is it?


This program pairs incoming freshmen with a media or communications professional in Phoenix, the nation’s 12th-largest media market and fifth-largest city. The mentor offers guidance, advice and exposure to their industry. The professional mentor program lasts for the duration of the student's freshman year, though we encourage the connection to continue as the student progresses through their time at Cronkite.




What is the peer-to-peer mentoring program?


In-TUNE (Info To Use and Navigate Everyday) is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to help Cronkite School in-person students (freshmen and transfer) with information about how things work at the Cronkite School specifically, and at ASU generally. What better person to give you information than a peer who has already experienced it! New to the Cronkite School or want to share your first -year experiences with others? Mentors and mentees will be:

  • invited to dedicated programs and events based on personal interests and professional aspirations. In-TUNE is managed by Cronkite Career Services professionals with 10+ years of mentorship management experience
  • matched with a fellow Cronkite student to give or receive keen insight about Cronkite School programs and the many opportunities you can be involved in




Why is the peer mentor program important to student success?


  • Mentoring programs offer a sense of community at a large university
  • Mentoring is an exciting opportunity to develop leadership and listening skills
  • Mentoring programs give mentees and mentors the chance to develop valuable professional relationships with student leaders, faculty and staff
  • You will have access to unique and interesting events and programs sponsored by the Cronkite School Mentoring Program




What are the peer-to-peer mentoring program requirements?


The program runs for the entire academic calendar, fall through spring semesters. Once students are matched, they are paired for the entire school year. To get the best out of your mentoring experience students are required to (at a minimum) meet once per month. We prefer in-person check ins, however, students may also connect via phone, email or video chat.




How do I become a peer mentor?


You must be Cronkite sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at the beginning of the fall semester. Join Now




How do I become a peer mentee?


You must be an incoming Cronkite freshman or transfer student at the beginning of the fall semester. Join Now




How can I be mentored by a media professional?


This program is open to incoming Cronkite freshmen and transfer students. All other grade levels that apply will not be placed with a mentor.





Job Placement and Recruiter Visits

What percentage of Cronkite graduates get jobs?


From 2010-2018, 82% of the 3,200 graduates are working full-time jobs, with 62% of them working in media or communications positions.




What are the best job boards for media careers?


Journalismjobs.com, MEO Jobs, Co-SIDA, PRSA, Mashable, SPJ, Poynter Institute, IABC, RTDNA. You are encouraged to look at specific group sites as well. The best way to find a job is by using your professional network. Or view these recommended media-specific job sites.




What companies visit the school?


Recruiters include: Allied Global Marketing, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Bloomberg, Bonneville International, Fox News, Gannett, Gray Television, Hearst, Morgan Murphy Media, Meredith, NBC, News-Press & Gazette, OH Partners, Phoenix Business Journal, Quincy Media, News, Reuters, Scripps, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tegna, Univision, USA TODAY Network and the Wall Street Journal to name a few.





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