Graduate International Programs

 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.

Can I apply for a Summer 2015 Journalism practicum at the same time?
Students are not allowed to apply for both the international internship program and the Journalism practicum. Annenberg International Programs will cross-check the international internship applicants with the Journalism faculty to ensure that there is no overlap. Students must pick between the two before applying to one.

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 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. All students are required to participate in a two day pre-departure workshop series on campus. The workshop series will cover topics such as academic and internship expectations, health and safety preparedness, and professional development. During the summer overseas, participants will enroll in JOUR 540: International Journalism Seminar for 3 units and JOUR 545: International Internships in the Media for 1 unit; both courses are run by local faculty.

M.A. Strategic Public Relations students are eligible to participate in this program the summer after the first year at USC.

M.S. Journalism, M.A. Specialized/Arts Journalism students will need to reserve four USC elective units (that count towards their degree requirements) in order to participate for this program, which can be done only in the summer following the academic year at USC. Students are not allowed to intern before matriculating at USC. In order to figure out your academic schedule for the Spring 2015 semester, please consult with the Journalism school and with your academic advisor. (Participation in this program will result in your graduation date changing from May to August.)

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 understand how the four Journalism units will 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 to two day-long or weekend academic excursions
-- Housing placement for all students
-- Internship placement services and support

What are students responsible for paying?
-- USC tuition
-- 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 2015 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         $12,500
- London               $14,800
- Shanghai            $12,000

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? 
An informational session will be held on in October 2014 for the Summer 2015 program. The Summer 2015 application will become available then as well.

What are the program dates for Summer 2015?
The dates are: May 18 - July 26, 2015.

The mandatory pre-departure workshop series will be held at USC on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 2014. All students, regardless of their location, will depart Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 20 and return to Los Angeles on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

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.

Starting with the 2015 program, all international students who are admitted into the London program will need to provide original copies of their IELTS  English language test scores. The UK Border Authority (the government body responsible for issuing UK student visas) no longer accepts TOEFL test scores. DO NOT TAKE THE IELTS EXAM UNTIL AFTER YOU RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF YOUR ADMISSION INTO THE LONDON PROGRAM. If you are admitted into the London program, there is no need to take the IELTS.


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