All journalism majors are required to complete at least one internship during their junior or senior year. The internship program includes one-on-one assistance with resume preparation, selection of internship possibilities, interview skills, and a group orientation session prior to beginning the internship. At the conclusion of the semester, the student will also have prepared a professional presented portfolio of projects completed during the internship.
Indianapolis, the nation's 12th largest city and 26th largest media market, provides in-depth experiences in a variety of challenging careers designed for journalism majors. Editorial internships are available at Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Business Journal, NUVO Newsweekly and the Indianapolis Woman Magazine. Summer internships at daily and nondaily newspapers in Indiana are provided through the Eugene S. Pulliam Internship Program and at The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic through the Pulliam Fellowship program.
Journalism students also complete media internships at local radio and television stations, including WTHR (NBC), WISH, WTTV (CBS), WRTV (ABC), Fox59, WFYI (PBS), and WIBC and WFNI The Fan (Emmis Communication).
Students interested in sports journalism and promotion have completed internships at the Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Butler Sports Information and Marketing, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Sports Corporation, USA Football, Indy Racing League, National Federation of State High School Associations, USA Gymnastics, United States Diving, Inc., and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Students have also completed post-graduate internships at the NCAA and additional opportunities are available through a recently developed partnership between Turner Sports and the NCAA.
Journalism majors with an interest in politics can take advantage of the numerous state and local government internships available in the city. Students have interned for both houses and political party caucuses of the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor's office, Mayor's office, Indiana Supreme Court and Bar Association as well as various state and local departments and agencies.
Because virtually every successful organization employs individuals with multimedia content production skills, journalism majors have gained valuable experience throughout the city, working for arts organizations and museums, social service and healthcare nonprofits, professional trade associations, communications agencies and large corporations.
Students may complete internships on a national level through the Butler University/Washington DC Semester Intern Program. This program is designed to offer internship opportunities and enables students to earn up to 20 credits in a flexible combination of coursework and interning. While in Washington, DC, students have interned at National Geographic magazine, National Public Radio, C-SPAN, The Hill congressional newspaper, The Weekly Standard, The White House, various Congressional offices, MSNBC, Fox News, The Smithsonian and The Newseum.