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Careers & Internships


For many JAM majors, their careers start before graduation thanks to our student media opportunities  and our internship programs. All Journalism and Media Arts and Studies majors are required to do an internship to graduate, and many choose to do more than one to gain experience in their careers. Some students go to media capitals like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to work with world-renowned companies like The Associated Press, ESPN, Leapfrog Interactive, MTV Networks, NBC, The New York Times, Seattle Times, and Sports Illustrated. While others do internships closer to home at sites like local news organizations, radio stations, small video game companies, television stations, and community businesses and non-profits.  Students can choose from numerous already approved internship sites or create their own opportunity by contacting the internship site of their dreams. 


On the red-carpet at Sundance, in the director’s chair on NPR’s Morning Edition, winning a Pulitzer Prize or in your local newsroom or television studio are only a few of the places where you can find our former students. Our graduates work for nationally recognized organizations like Bloomberg News, ESPN, Fox Soccer, NPR, Pinterest, Twitter, The Today Show, and The Weinstein Company. Our graduate sports writers cover over a dozen different teams including the Kentucky Wildcats, the Indians, the Detroit Lions, ant The Detroit Red Wings and our students are familiar faces as anchors in Lexington, Knoxville, Charlotte, Bowling Green, and many other markets. Our graduates also are dedicated to creating and improving media in local communities working not only at many major metro papers like the LATimes or The Washington Post but also local publications like The Jessamine Journal or Louisville Business First as well as at local broadcastings station across the south and mid-west including WDRB-TV, WLMT-TV, WLEX-TV, and WUKY-FM, and creating a Lexington-based center for technology entrepreneurship and innovation called Awesome Inc., where many of our students now intern.


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