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Information for Students


Interested in applying?

To apply for the CMST internship program, you must:

  1. submit a current version of your CV to Internship Coordinator Dr. Philip Savage by email (savagep@mcmaster.ca), and
  2. submit an application form, available by clicking here.

The deadline is March 17th (for Spring/Summer and Fall internships).  Applications for Winter internships are also welcome.  A  list of prospective internships for the upcoming year is available on request; contact the internship coordinator for more information.

Once your application is submitted, the Internship Coordinator will begin the process of finding a placement for you or, if you have already found a potential placement, the Coordinator will be in touch with you about it.  This process takes place on a continuing basis throughout the months ahead.  Placements are not guaranteed.  Please feel free to check on the status of your application by emailing or contacting the Internship Coordinator periodically.


What is an internship?

As a CMST intern, you’ll be paired with an on-site supervisor who will train you and oversee your work; you’ll also be supported by a faculty member and a network of CSMM interns with whom you’ll be sharing your learning experiences. Over the course of a term, you’ll begin with simple tasks, and gradually move on to developing a more complex skill set during your internship.
Offering placements in a variety of sectors, the CMST internship program gives you the opportunity to experience the excitement – and the realities – of working in your area of interest. By participating in an internship, you’ll get a sense of what it might be like to work in a particular field – including news media, arts & culture, sports organizations, political parties and more – and be able to make a more informed decision about your career path.


Why participate in an internship?

Yes, you are providing free labour. But a CSMM internship can provide you with invaluable hands-on experience, new skills and contacts in the industry you wish to enter into. As a result, many of our interns go on to additional contracts or even full time work with the host organization.


What’s involved?

For course credit, you provide 130 hours of unpaid work to the host organization. Typically, placements are distributed over an entire term (e.g. 1 day/week for 12 to 15 weeks) rather than being concentrated into a short period of time. This means you can do your internship as part of a regular course load.
In addition to completing the work placement, there are also academic requirements which must be fulfilled to successfully complete the course. They include:

  1. Weekly Update Journal Entries Students submit 3-5 paragraphs each week summarizing your activities/learning for the week.
  2. Reflective Journal Entries Every four weeks students submit a more substantial Reflective Journal Entry outlining their goals and objectives, and analyzing the organization, field or industry in which their internship is based by drawing on their past CSMM courses.
  3. Final Paper A 6-7 page paper (1500-1750 words) reflecting and expanding upon learnings from the internship.
  4. Seminar Presentation Students give an individual presentation to the other interns/independent studies students. The seminar presentation will be an overview of your experiences and key learnings from it.

Am I eligible?

To enroll in CMST 3B03, you must be a registered 3rd or 4th year CMST or MMEDIA major (or combined Honours in Communication Studies and/or Multimedia), and have a cumulative average of 8.5 (between B and B+). You can apply for the program at the end of your 2nd or 3rd year.