Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Internship Sources

Internships are everywhere and nowhere. It depends on your perspective and your approach.

For a lucky few, internship opportunities fall into their laps; for most students, the process takes time, legwork and diligence. Take heart and have confidence that this is doable. There is an organization that will be delighted to have you as an intern and that you’ll be enthusiastic about interning with. Your task for now is to find that place.

So where do you look?  Here are some places to start exploring.

SOC Careers Website

The School of Communication enjoys positive relationships throughout the communications industry. Our contacts, connections and alumni work in such organizations as media outlets, agencies, government and non-profits. Through these relationships, we seek to connect our students to valuable work and internship opportunities. The following link will take you to our career website:

SOC Careers Website

If you are interested in finding an internship, you will want to check back often for the most recent updates.

The website contains internships—advertising, public relations, journalism and film—of which the School of Communication is aware. Some of the organizations are places other Loyola students have interned before. Some may be employers who have reached out to the School of Communication asking us to share their postings. Here are several important things to note:

  • The postings are live, current and as accurate as possible as of the date posted. It is possible they may have been filled by the time you apply. That’s one good reason to act swiftly if you see an internship opportunity of interest to you.
  • Many employers offer internships on a continual basis. If you have missed the deadline for one semester, inquire about the next.
  • You want to do your own due diligence. While these internship positions are posted on the School of Communication Careers website, they are in no way endorsed or pre-approved. Investigate for yourself. Do the research needed to find out if this is a good internship where you’ll be valued and have the opportunity to learn. It is your responsibility to find the right place for you.


Handshake is Loyola’s job and internship database for all undergraduate students. You’ll have to search a bit and slice and dice the data, but you will find communication, journalism and Ad/PR internships here at times as well. This site is also a great tool to get acquainted with in advance of your search for a post-graduation job. More information about Handshake can be found here.

Your Network

(i.e. everyone you know and everyone they know) – Many internships lurk under the radar. They don’t get published publicly. They are shared though conversations and other informal channels. Do the people in your network know you are looking for an internship? Tell them you are, seek their help and see where doing so takes you. Your parents, their friends, your instructors, your former supervisors from other jobs, advisors, etc. are all part of your network. Let them know what kinds of internships you find intriguing and ask what they would do if they were you.  And be sure to follow through.  Reach out to anyone they suggest or send you to right away. Many internship positions are acquired through the “who you know” and “right place right time” dynamic.

Organization Websites

Visit the careers section of the websites of companies and non-profits you find interesting. Don’t see internships offered?  Pick up the phone, call the HR department and ask. Large companies and agencies often hire interns on a strict schedule so make a note and adhere to any deadline or application process information provided. 

Other Students

A Loyola student may be working your dream internship right now. Keep your ears perked. If you hear of someone interning at a place of interest to you, ask about it. For example, see if she will tell you how she got the position and what advice she might have for you. Employers are often delighted when a star intern recommends a classmate to serve as the next intern.