Graduate International Programs
We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2013 program. For Summer 2014, please revisit this page in September 2013.
Annenberg International Programs offers an exciting, dynamic summer internship program for Master's students in the School of Communication and the School of Journalism.
I am a graduate student in a different program or at a different school. Can I participate in this program?
Unfortunately, this program is open ONLY to graduate students earning their Master’s degree in Journalism, Strategic Public Relations, Communication Management, Global Communication, or Public Diplomacy at USC.
Where can I do an internship and how long will I work?
Students can choose between four program destinations- Cape Town, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong, China; and London, United Kingdom. Internships are typically eight weeks long and unpaid.
How do I get placed in an internship? Can I pick and choose what I want?
Our office will gather information on your internship preferences which you provide. The program will require an interview (on campus or phone) as well. Annenberg Career Development and International Programs and the internship placement provider will do their very best to match your preferences, but cannot make any guarantees if specific companies/organizations are requested.
Because of the limited availability of internship opportunities, you will not be able to pick and choose at your discretion. The internship placement providers work diligently to match your preferences as closely as possible, and historically, students take their first offer.
What are the academic implications of this program on my degree?
Students will earn a total of four Journalism units towards their degrees. A one-unit preparatory course is required in Spring 2013 for all program participants. The preparatory course will cover culture, history, and professional development. During the summer overseas, participants will take a 3-unit course run by local faculty.
It is required that Specialized/Arts Journalism, Communication Management, Global Communication, and Public Diplomacy students seek approval from their program coordinator and/or their academic advisor before applying for this internship program. All students need to know how the four Journalism units willl affect their degree progress.
What services does the program provide?
Annenberg International Programs provides the following services at no extra cost to the students:
-- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to the program destination
-- One group excursion
-- Housing placement for all students
-- Internship placement services and support
What are students responsible for paying?
-- USC tuition (1 unit in Spring 2013, 3 units in Summer 2013)
-- Housing (in shared apartments)
-- USC overseas student health insurance (mandatory, no matter how the student is covered)
-- Food, personal expenses/travel
How much does the program cost?
The following totals are estimated amounts for 2013 and are all inclusive. (USC tuition, USC overseas health insurance, visa fees, housing, and food/personal expenses.) Rates subject to change:
- Cape Town $11,000
- Hong Kong $11,330
- London $12,900
- Shanghai $10,230
How do I pay for the program?
All costs for which students are responsible will be placed on their USC fee bills (housing, health insurance, tuition). Students who receive financial aid can apply for summer aid to cover the costs of the program. We urge students to consult with a USC financial aid representative for more details on how this can affect their financial aid package for the regular academic year.
How do I get more information and apply?
Students who want to apply for Summer 2013 should click here for details on the application and upcoming info sessions.
What are the program dates for Summer 2013?
The dates for the Summer 2013 programs have not been determined yet, but will be posted below as soon as possible. The program typically runs from mid-May to late July.
What else do I need to know before applying for the program?
While we try to accommodate all students who want to do the program, we strive to find students who are mature, responsible and who can represent USC and Annenberg well in the workplace. Many of our internships carry over from year to year due in large part to how successful or professional previous student interns were. We also want students who are adaptable, proactive and have a genuine interest in gaining professional experience in an international setting.
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If you have any further questions, please contact Annenberg International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.