It's not too soon to get started preparing for your first job. Completing one or more internships will be critical in complementing your journalism coursework and other related activities at Carolina. The options for internships are numerous, both locally and outside of N.C. Internships will help you explore various fields in addition to making you competitive for post-graduation opportunities.
To learn more about internships for credit, click on the link to MEJO 393. Where are MJ-school students landing internships? See the most recent internships of MJ-school students.
MJ-school students are getting jobs in all areas of communication. More than 80 percent of 2012 graduates who responded to a recent survey report having a full-time job within four months of graduation, and nearly three quarters of employed graduates are working within their desired fields. See where our most recent graduates are working.
Networking is a critical piece of any career search, whether seeking an internship or full-time position, and is one of the primary techniques for locating opportunities successfully. Networking is the process of building a group of professional contacts through an exchange of information, also known as an informational interview. Making connections is an investment in your future, no matter your year in college. The MJ-school and UCS have resources to help you connect with alumni, including J-Link, the Alumni Advisor Network and LinkedIn. There are workshops on networking, also known as making connections, presented in the MJ-school as well as UCS.
Students and alumni are encouraged to utilize the J-Link online alumni directory for MJ-school alumni. J-Link allows users to search by class year, geographic region and other means to locate alumni. Most listings have business contact information, including email, which is usually the best way to contact alumni.
Alumni Advisor Network
The General Alumni Association and University Career Services have partnered to provide students free access to the Alumni Advisor Network. This network contains more than 7,200 alumni and friends of the university. You do not need to join the GAA to access this system, as long as you are a registered student. UNC alums must join the GAA to access this system.
LinkedIn is an online networking tool with more than 175 million users. Create a LinkedIn profile, join relevant groups (based on industry, geographic location and alma mater), research companies and find UNC alumni in those targeted organizations. There is a UNC School of Media and Journalism Alumni group.
Employer Information Sessions and On-Campus Recruiting
Employers offering internships and jobs in public relations, advertising and journalism hold information sessions and recruit throughout the academic year in Carroll Hall. Watch the MJ-school career services calendar and @UNCMJCareers for upcoming employer information sessions and on-campus interviews.
Go the UCS website and click on “job search” to learn more about employers from additional fields planning to interview on campus. All employer information sessions and on campus recruiting can be found in Careerolina.