Information for Internship Employers
An internship is a temporary work placement arrangement between the employer and the
Salary: The majority of internships are unpaid as students receive academic credit for their work. Some employers provide stipends such as a lump sum, gift cards or transportation passes to assist the student during or after their internship. If an employer elects to provide a salary, the employer sets the rate. Providing a salary will make the Internship more attractive to the students. The Co-op/Internship Office is able to advise on the range of current rates.
Types of Work Assigned: Internship work completed by MMJC students may encompass a wide range of tasks including (but not limited to): pitching stories, conducting interviews, shooting and editing video/audio, story development and composition, social media and integrated media, media design and project management/client relations.
Employer Requirements: Employers in the public or private sectors are encouraged to post positions with the MMJC Internship Program. Any bona fide employer can be an internship employer. Employers are required to provide a full job description where the work described is at a
The FIMS Co-op/Internship Office mediates initial communication between employers and students, as applicants, to ensure full understanding of the internship arrangement. This office will support employers and students throughout the internship (ex. job description development to final end-of-internship evaluation).Internship Timeline
- Job postings: Starting November 15th.
- Interviews: As required.
- Majority of placements confirmed: End of March.
- Start Date: First week of May (flexible).
- Internship Completion Date: 10 weeks.
FAQs for MMJC Employers
When do MMJC students complete their internship?Students complete two terms of course work prior to going on Internship. The MMJC internships always occur in the summer (May-August). Normally, they are 10-weeks in duration. Specific start and end dates are at the employer’s discretion and may be negotiated between the employer and the student.
What skills can I expect an internship student from this program to have?All students admitted to the MMJC program, will have a minimum of a four-year undergraduate degree with a final average of at least 70%. The average application average (last 10 courses completed) was over 80% for the incoming class 2018-2019.
During the first term of the program, students are required to take introductory courses in Journalism, Communications, Audio & Visual Storytelling, Social Media & Digital Production, and Ethics. In the second term, they will take Law as well as either an Integrated Media course in Journalism or Communications. Some students may elect to take both of the latter mentioned courses.
Elective courses offered in the second term might include Writing for Magazines, Audio Storytelling, The Power of Video Storytelling and Health Reporting depending on instructor availability. For brief course descriptions, please visit the MMJC courses page on the FIMS website.
What criteria are there for employers who are considering offering an internship placement for a MMJC student?Each new opportunity is reviewed before it is offered to the students. A simple job description is required (example available from firstname.lastname@example.org). The Manager, Graduate Student Services looks at the following criteria when deciding whether to approve a placement:
- Are the duties well-suited for an MMJC student? Will the student be adequately challenged?
- Will there be suitable supervision?
- Does the placement meet the length requirement of 10 weeks (if not, what other arrangements can be made to meet the requirement)?