Internships

Experience in the media and theatre industries is essential for students who hope to pursue jobs in these fields after graduation.  Enhance your skills and knowledge while acquiring valuable work experiences in a professional setting.  Internships for academic credit are available in the spring, fall, and summer semesters.  FTT can help you find the internship best suited for you.

FTT major Caroline Clark at her internship with National Geographic in Washington, DC

Although FTT does not “place” students in internships, we work closely with the Notre Dame Career Center and other contacts to help students find appropriate internships.

We routinely send emails to majors when internship opportunities become available.  We encourage first-time interns to pursue opportunities at local media outlets and arts organizations.  Internships at major media outlets are generally highly competitive and require applicants to have a certain level of experience.  If it is your dream to intern at NBC Nightly News, start by applying for an internship at your local affiliate.

Recent FTT majors have interned at CBS News, Clear Channel Communications, The Discovery Channel, Fighting Irish Digital Media, HBO Sports, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Bravo, Lionsgate Film & Television, CenterStage Theatre (Louisville), The Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC and VH-1, as well as a variety of television and film production companies in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.

To begin your search

START EARLY!  Students generally do their first internship the summer after their sophomore year.  Meet with the FTT internship coordinator no later than the fall of sophomore year to discuss your interests.  Earlier meetings are strongly encouraged.

Visit the Notre Dame Career Center's website for an overview of the internship search process.

FTT major Mike Monaco at his summer internship with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League

Funding an internship

Students are eligible to receive up to $3,000 to help offset travel and living expenses for a full-time, unpaid summer internship through grants administered by the Notre Dame Career Center.  Funds may be split over multiple internships.  For more information about the application process, visit the Career Center's website.

Academic Credit

FTT students may earn academic credit for approved non-paid internships during the fall, spring and/or summer semesters. 

The number of credits earned for these experiences may vary from one to three credits, depending upon the tasks, responsibilities and time commitment involved. Some experiences may qualify as a Major Internship, which can be taken once for three credits and fulfill one FTT 30000-level elective. The Major Internship is a graded course.  During the summer, this course is numbered FTT 45999 to reflect its tuition-waiver status, but it still only counts as a 30000-level course.

Regular internships qualify for one credit that will be applied to the degree but not to the student's major. Although the number of these internships is not limited, only one credit can be applied to the degree. This course is graded S/U.

FTT major Jacob Schrimpf at his internship with Texas Shakespeare Festival

Therefore, FTT majors may count a maximum of four internship credits toward graduation if one of those internships is a three-credit internship that can be counted as part of the major.

Additional internship can appear on a student's transcript, but the hours earned will not count as part of the 120 credits required for graduation.

Students must apply for the internship course by completing an application (available in the FTT office or through the FTT internship coordinator) and meet with the internship coordinator to gain approval. Internships are not approved retroactively. 

Students enrolled in both the Major Internship and Regular Internship courses must complete all documented requirements of those courses to receive credit.

Internship Course Requirements

Once you secure an internship, you must complete the following steps to receive academic credit:

  1. Complete an application for the course
  2. Meet with the internship coordinator
  3. Complete the required forms

After you begin your internship, you will be required to:

  1. Work 10-15 hours per week, accumulating at least 150 hours over the course of a semester
  2. Maintain weekly time cards
  3. Provide a mid-semester progress report to internship coordinator
  4. Work with on-site supervisor to design a project that reflects your responsibilities. (This project or journal of daily activities and work samples is submitted to the internship coordinator at the final semester meeting.)
  5. Complete a three-to-five page reflection paper that is submitted to the internship coordinator at the final semester meeting.
  6. Meet with the internship coordinator at the end of the internship.

You must complete all requirements to receive credit for this graded course. Credit and/or approval for an internship will not be granted retroactively.

FTT Internship application

Internship Funding

The Notre Dame Career Center offers a limited number of internship-expense funding opportunities for undergraduates.

Rogers Summer Internship Program for Arts and Letters Majors

This fund is available to current sophomore and junior Arts and Letters majors who have a full-time unpaid summer internship anywhere in the United States or abroad.

The Gluck Pioneer Summer Internship Program

This fund is available to female sophomores and juniors of all majors who have a full-time unpaid summer internship in business or industry, with preference given to internships in the retail industry.

Student Affairs Internship Support Fund

This fund is designed to help defray living and transportation expenses for students who have accepted an unpaid internship away from home.

Alumni Internship Assistance Fund

This fund is available to students who accept a full-time unpaid summer internship anywhere in the United States and abroad.

Indiana Internships

The Indiana Internships Program is funded through a grant from the Filly Endowment supporting efforts to stem the Indiana Brain Drain. Students who accept unpaid internships in the state of Indiana are eligible to apply for funding for related expenses.

National Internships

The National Fund provides funding for expenses related to unpaid internships in the United States, outside of Indiana, and is open to sophomores and juniors.

International Internships

The International Fund provides funding for expenses related to unpaid internships outside of the United States and is open to sophomores and juniors.

Non-Traditional Time Frame Fund

The Non-Traditional Time Frame Fund is designed to help Notre Dame students who are participating in study abroad programs that require them to do internships outside of the typical eight-week summer window.

For more information on funding opportunities, please visit the Notre Dame Career Center site.

FTT major Jen Flueckiger at her internship with the South Bend Silver Hawks

Internships in Michiana

Several media companies throughout the Michiana area often have internship opportunities available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

  • WSBT-TV: The CBS affiliate in South Bend offers internships in news reporting and producing, promotions and marketing, production and radio.
  • WSJV-TV: The Fox affiliate in Elkhart offers internships in news and production.
  • ABC57 News: The ABC affiliate in South Bend offers internships in news.
  • WNIT-TV: The PBS affiliate in South Bend offers internships in production and programming.
  • WHME-TV is an independent television station located in South Bend that produces a variety of programs and documentaries for other stations it owns around the country.
  • The Big Idea Company is a full-service media company that offers advertising, public relations and video production skills to its clients.
  • NewGroup Media and Pentavision are video production companies that produce television documentaries; commercials; sales, training and informational videos and other media projects for a variety of clients around the nation and the world.
  • Notre Dame Monogram Club produces several feature videos per month for its Web site and official functions.
  • Notre Dame Office of News and Information produces several videos per month for the University’s official website as well as for other special events.
  • The South Bend Cubs, the single A affiliate of MLB’s Chicago Cubs, offers summer internships in video production as well as marketing.
  • The South Bend Tribune offers internships in reporting, video production, photography and graphic design.
  • Fighting Irish Digital Media produces a variety of video content for the und.com web site (Notre Dame’s official athletics web site). Student workers help produce content, staff production of webcasts and provide play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting.

For more internship information, contact:

Karen Heisler
Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist and Internship Coordinator
Film, Television, and Theatre
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-7486
kheisler@nd.edu