Internship Programs

Students are taking increasing advantage of Boston University’s study abroad and Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles Internship programs as well as other similar domestic programs. To participate in any of these programs, a student must obtain approval from an advisor in the Student Services office, meet the required grade point average of 3.0 in COM classes, have attained junior standing, and have met certain course requirements.

Students must obtain approval to participate from COM Student Services, Room 123. COM Student Services will only approve eligible students. Please see the study abroad fact sheet for more details. However, transfer students to the College of Communication may not participate in any study abroad programs (including Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles) during their first semester in COM. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Services office at 617-353-3471.

Please note: COM approval does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission may be offered by the Study Abroad office only.

Internship Program

Qualified students with junior status are encouraged to participate in the internship program. Internships provide students with the opportunity to work at one of the many broadcast stations, independent film and video production facilities, or cable companies in the Boston area. This experience enables students to apply their academic training and gain professional experience. Students may intern either part time during the academic year or full time during the summer following their sophomore year. A summer internship is one way students can explore career opportunities outside the Boston area. Students must have a 3.0 COM GPA in order to meet the academic portion of the internship program. Certain course requirements are needed as well. Students should check with their departments if there are any questions.

Boston Statehouse Program

A semester is available at the Statehouse Journalism Center, which offers an advanced certificate in political reporting. Journalists have the chance to improve their writing and reporting skills and develop a specialty in political reporting by spending a semester covering events at the Massachusetts Statehouse and Boston City Hall. A seminar in state and municipal reporting is offered, covering the legislative process, money and politics, and political feature writing. The seminar is taught by the program’s director, a prominent political journalist. Students are provided with internships in political reporting at major print and broadcast organizations in the Boston metropolitan area. They also have the opportunity to create a portfolio of political news and feature stories while serving as the Statehouse correspondents for Massachusetts news outlets, through the Boston University Statehouse News Service, using press facilities at the Statehouse and fully-equipped, professional broadcast studios on campus, which is just 20 minutes away.

This program is open to seniors, post-­graduates, and graduate students. The Boston Statehouse Program offers the same hands-on experience as the Washington Program in the setting of the Massachusetts Statehouse. Students work as statehouse correspondents for Massachusetts newspapers, covering the legislature and other aspects of state government on a daily basis. In addition to the 8-credit-hour course in filing for newspapers, students take a 4-hour course on covering government and politics. The course includes guest lectures and seminars with leading journalists and politicians. Students also are placed in internships with various magazines, newspapers, and other local publications to expand their knowledge, experience, and contacts in the media. Practical experience is stressed in all aspects of the program. Students’ work is edited and critiqued by their professors and reviewed by the editors of their assigned newspapers. Students benefit from the contacts they make with other reporters by working in a bureau located in the Massachusetts Statehouse. The program, with its contacts to a growing list of radio stations in the state, also offers opportunities to broadcast majors.

London Summer Internship Program

Graduate students in public relations, advertising (except creative track), or mass communication (except applied communication research) and journalism, or the joint-degree program with International Relations, can opt to finish earlier by taking their third semester in London. Careful planning from the beginning is required.

The program provides 16 elective credits. Students take global marketing communication and international political and media systems courses during the first half of the summer and an internship during the second half. Working with faculty advisors, students create a professional graduate project to complete the program. Each is a 4-credit course.

Los Angeles Undergraduate Internship Program

The Los Angeles Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the heart of the film and television industry. Courses are taught by members of the Boston University faculty and by alumni who also provide internship positions and serve as mentors in and outside of the classroom. Upon successful completion of a semester, students earn 16 Boston University credits (three 4-credit courses and a 4-credit internship), which fall within the film and television curriculum. All grading is done by Boston University faculty or the academic director.

Los Angeles Graduate Internship Program

The Los Angeles Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the heart of the film and television industry. Courses are taught by members of the Boston University faculty and by alumni who also provide internship positions and serve as mentors in and outside of the classroom. Upon successful completion of a semester, students earn 16 Boston University credits (three 4-credit courses and a 4-credit internship), which fall within the film and television curriculum. All grading is done by Boston University faculty or the academic director.

Film Production students may participate in the Los Angeles program but only after having finished their thesis. In order to make this possible, students should follow this curriculum guide.

First Semester

  • COM FT 706 Acting for Directors and Writers
  • COM FT 711 Screenwriting I
  • COM FT 722 American Masterworks
  • COM FT 849 Film Production I

Second Semester

  • COM FT 526 Directing the Theatrical and Television Film
  • COM FT 551 Designing the Short Film
  • COM FT 713 Screenwriting II or
    Elective
  • COM FT 850 Film Production II

Third Semester

  • COM FT 851 Thesis Preparation
  • Film production elective
  • Two electives (At least one of these electives must be a film studies course.)

Fourth Semester

Students are not required to take any courses while they complete their theses.

Fifth Semester

  • COM FT 852 Thesis Project (Students receive credit in fifth semester for thesis work done during the fourth semester.)

Additional financial aid may be available for students who wish to participate in the Los Angeles Internship Program. Special Note: Film studies and screenwriting students should consult with their faculty advisors before pursuing any plans of studying in Los Angeles.

Washington Program

A semester is available at the Washington Journalism Center, which offers an advanced certificate in political reporting. Journalists have the chance to improve their writing and reporting skills and develop a specialty in political reporting by spending a semester in Washington, D.C. A course in political reporting is offered along with seminars on the legislative process, money and politics, and political feature writing taught by national journalists. Students are provided with internships in the D.C. bureaus of national print and broadcast news organizations. They also have the opportunity to create a portfolio of national stories while serving as the Washington correspondents for New England news outlets through the Boston University Washington News Service, whose newsroom is equipped with state-of-the-art television and radio equipment.