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Internships & Jobs

Always check outside SJMC Internship Coordinator Carlyn Crowe’s office (Mer. 120) for the latest job and internship postings. Or use these websites:

Drake Media Gigs

The goal of Drake Media Gigs is to assist in connecting talented Drake undergrads and grads with great career opportunities submitted by Drake alumni and others.


You can post your resume and look at lots of job postings and internship opportunities on Handshake.

To access: Log into myDrake, click Campus Resources, then click the Handshake icon. 

Set up profile: Handshake will ask you a series of questions to answer.  This information will be used to suggest positions for you based on your interests.  You have the option to upload a pdf or doc version of your resume, which allows the information to be entered automatically. The system can make mistakes when transferring information from your resume to your profile, so proofread and edit changes.  Add any additional information to the work experience, involvement and activities, courses, and project sections of your profile. The system also allows you to create a bio, add skills, upload your cover letter and resume, and share social links.

You have the option to make your profile public or private. Making it public will allow employers and students to view your profile but it is not required to apply for jobs. The first step is to build a profile that will then qualify you to view internships, full-time jobs and schedule interviews. The homepage offers many unique features for students. You will find collections of job postings that match your major, interests, and city preferences.

How to search and apply for jobs:

  1. Click on the Jobs tab at the top to search. Filters are available to view postings with specific characteristics (ex. full-time/ part-time, paid/unpaid, and location).
  2. When a job posting looks appealing, click on the job and read the description and qualifications. The box on the right-hand side of the screen will indicate how many of the qualifications of the position you meet. You do not need to meet all qualifications in order to apply.
  3. Click on the Apply link on the top right-hand corner of the posting. From there, you should follow the application instructions.

Career Development Center

The Professional and Career Development Center at Drake posts internship and job postings on their site.

Also check in with your adviser or the SJMC dean’s office for tips on job-hunting.

Internship Policies

  • Maximum of 3 hours allowed for credit
  • Students take for 1, 2 or 3 credits (requires adviser approval)
  • Internship forms available on table outside of Mer. 120/Internship Coordinator Office
  • Opportunities listed on bulletin boards and in notebooks outside 120 as well as online
  • Grade assigned by supervising faculty member (adviser)
  • All internship paperwork is due to the SJMC Dean’s Office by the first Friday of classes each term.  Paperwork submitted after this date could result in the inability to register for the requested course or a delay in registration.  Please submit questions regarding internship and independent study registration to the Dean’s Office. 
  • Students registered for fewer than 12 credits at the end of the add period cannot add an internship after the add period has expired. In other words, if adding internship credit changes a student’s status from part-time to full-time, the internship cannot be added. These students may add their internship credits to the next semester.  If the next semester is summer, students are required to pay the summer rate for each credit hour. If, in any semester, the internship hours, along with the student’s other coursework exceeds 18 credit hours, the over-hours fee will apply. Students may not hold internship credit past the next semester.
  • Students registered for 12 credits or more at the end of the add period may add the internship credits at the time the internship becomes available. The deadline will be the Friday before finals of each semester.