Experiential Learning & Internships


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The Department of Media Study encourages students to attain internships to gain valuable experience and insight into their career goals, build their resumes, shape and grow their professional network.

DMS has a number of partnerships with different departments within UB, in addition to local companies, production houses, art galleries, organizations, broadcasting stations and film studios, offering students a range of experiential learning opportunities that supplement their classroom learning with practical work-based experience.

Internship Guidelines:

To receive academic credit for an internship, the placement/position must:

  • Be approved by the department’s experiential learning faculty and staff
  • Be approved and supervised by a faculty sponsor within the Department of Media Study for the duration of the student’s internship term
  • Be supervised by a professional within the organization the student works for
  • Have clearly defined job responsibilities and activities agreed upon by the department, the student, their supervising faculty as well as their employer
  • Serve as a learning experience that assists the student in progressing toward their professional goal
  • Comply with the University’s bylaws and policies regarding international education (International students must refer to program advisor and International Student Services http://www.buffalo.edu/international-student-services.html  to ensure eligibility before submitting an application)


The Department of Media Study at UB prides itself on developing strong, long lasting relationships with on and off-campus employers and collaborators, while providing students with rewarding academic internships, and the opportunity to apply their media knowledge and skills while making a valuable contribution to different organizations.


To hire a student-intern through the Department of Media Study, please review the following steps and requirements:


·      Complete the following Form for information about the internship position.

·      Receive and review student applications

·      Request interviews through the UBFilms office

·      Extend job offers through the UBFilms office

·      Provide interns with meaningful career-related work, within a safe learning environment

·      Assign a supervisor or a mentor for each intern

·      Complete 2 performance evaluations over the course of the internship


Recent Testimonials about our student interns

"Thank you very much for referring your students over the last few years.  All were excellent interns that positively represented your university and fulfilled their duties dilligently."  

-David Ford, Thumbs Up Video

How to Start

Step 1

Find an internship that interests you. Contact an organization of your choice, reply to an organizations intern request from the Listserv or visit the Experiential Learning Center to research internship opportunities. 

Step 2

When you have identified a host organization, notify the Department of Media Study internship coordinator, jdenn@buffalo.edu.. She will help you identify a Faculty Sponsor from the Department of Media Study and assist you with required internship documentation as well as permissions for force-registration into DMS 496.

Step 3

Your internship supervisor must send the coordinator:

  1. a detailed description of your duties
  2. the start and end times of the internship and
  3. the expected number of hours to be completed  

If the internship is approved for credit, you must compose a final report outlining your experiences. At the close of the internship, your supervisor must send the coordinator a report evaluating your performance. The faculty sponsor will then assign your grade using both reports.

Recent Organizations Where Our Students Have Held Internships

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
CEPA Gallery
Full Circle Studios
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Squeaky Wheel: Buffalo Media Resources
WBFO NPR member station
UB Athletics

Study Abroad

It is difficult to understand and appreciate the world only having lived, studied or worked in one country. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to learn how life is viewed from another perspective, develop first-hand knowledge of another culture with which to compare the American experience, and gain knowledge of how the world is knitted together into a global community.

Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to begin planning early to spend a summer, a semester, or even a full year in another country. With advisement, courses from abroad may be used to fulfill some requirements, and there is an established course approval process that students may undertake for any study abroad program.

How to Start

Step 1

Find a program that interests you. Visit UB Study Abroad to learn about the more than 400 overseas academic programs available through the SUNY system.

Step 2

Meet with a Study Abroad advisor in 210 Talbert Hall or contact Assistant to the Chair for Academic Programs in the Media Study Department.

Study Abroad and International Experience Scholarships

Project Portal

Start a project to build skills and gain real-world experience for your career. The Experiential Learning Network's Project Portal is the easiest place to get started! Once you start a project, you can also pursue an ELN Digital Badge to display your accomplishments to future employers and graduate schools. 

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