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Rick Fischer, Ph.D., JournalismInternships have been recommended by the Commission on Public Relations Education for years. A school can't establish a PRSSA student chapter unless an internship is part of the core curriculum. Maybe they know something about internships that we should pay attention to. Internships bridge the classroom experience with the applied world. It builds the support network so necessary for that first job. Whether you take it for credit or just do it on your own, just do it.

—Rick Fischer, Ph.D., Journalism

Faculty Guide to Internships

An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between the student, the University of Memphis, and a community partner. Each semester more than 2,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Through internships, the community offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance professional development with first hand experience in the world of work
  • Build an effective resume that results in better job offers after graduation
  • Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet career goals
  • Develop a network of professional contacts
  • Reinforce learning received in course work experience

Employers rate relevant work experience as the most important criteria during the job selection process. A high quality internship provides the key to a more meaningful education and a brighter future.

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