Journalism - Internship - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Journalism - Internship

The journalism program at USC prides itself on helping its students to complete their degrees with theoretical understanding, practical skills and industry experience. Graduates are job ready across all media.

In order to facilitate this, all Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) students complete an industry-based internship as part of their degree. The two courses offered to complete this internship include:

  • CMN306
  • CMN307

Host organisations

Media organisations who have recently hosted our students include:

  • Sunshine Coast Daily
  • Channel Seven
  • WIN News
  • Hot91
  • ABC Coast FM
  • Mix FM
  • Courier-Mail
  • Salt magazine

All these media outlets have provided our students with real-world experience and a chance to apply and develop the skills they have learnt during their University courses.

Internship structure

Internships are completed in the last year of a student’s degree so they are as close as possible to being job ready. Students complete at least 92 hours in a workplace during their internship, or the equivalent of 12 full working days.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by the placement organisation to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved workplace learning course are covered by the University's insurance policies. For further information please refer to insurance.

Internship assessment and opportunities

Students are required to submit reports on their internship experience which will be assessed by their allocated academic supervisor from the School. These reports are in addition to any work allocated by the workplace supervisor.

A journalism internship provides the opportunity to put theory into practice, develop a range of essential skills sought by employers, establish a work history and create networking contacts.

In addition to industry-based internships, journalism students at USC have the opportunity to augment their coursework by undertaking special projects. These projects have involved interviewing, researching, filming, writing, editing, working as a team and adhering to industry standards.

Recent projects have included producing multi-media content for the ABC Open website, producing news bulletins for USC-TV News, generating all content for a weekly news bulletin for ABC Coast FM, producing all content for a campaign for social and legal reform change published in the Sunshine Coast Daily, and generating entrepreneurial, media-based business ideas and launching them through the Innovation Centre.

More information

For more information on opportunities for journalism students to gain work-integrated learning experiences, please contact the journalism program leader:

Dr Renee Barnes
Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Journalism, 
School of Creative Industries

Or the journalism internships coordinator:

Jane Fynes-Clinton
Journalism Lecturer
School of Creative Industries


For general enquiries about work integrated learning opportunities please contact:

Tel: +61 7 5430 1259