Hands-On Learning

Real-World Experience in the Field

We believe the practice you get in the field is just as important as what you learn in the classroom. Want to master public relations or advertising? Develop a campaign for a real-world client? Generate clips for your journalism portfolio? Create a digital publication? Build your skills with a paid internship, network at the nation’s top agencies, or cover stories around the globe. The adventure—and your future career—starts here.

79%
of SOJC students participate in experiential learning
66%

hold one or more internships

13%
work on a student publication, agency, or group
8%
take learning and networking trips

SOJC students goofing off on a dock overlooking the water in Alaska

#LifeasaJStudent Blog

What better way to learn about #LifeasaJStudent than from the students themselves. Read first-person blog posts about SOJC students’ experiential learning adventures during internships, on trips, and in their favorite classes. Watch student-produced videos about what they’ve learned and the projects they’ve created. And see their gorgeous photography from their fieldwork around the world.

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Learning and Networking Trips Around the World

There’s nothing like travel to expand minds, horizons, and opportunities. With dedicated faculty as their guides, our students network and learn at agencies and media outlets in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. They launch socially conscious ad campaigns in Ghana and do media research in India. And they cover award-winning stories in places like Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Alaska, and Nepal. Where will the work take you?

A male student holding out a drone towards the camera

A female student showing images on a camera to a group of young boys

Two female students eating noodles

 

Covers of FLUX Magazine
Student-Run Publications, Agencies, and Clubs

Make an impact on the real world—and your portfolio—while you’re still in school. Do award-winning journalism for publications like FLUX and OR Magazine. Create illuminating documentaries for NW Stories. Work with real-life clients in a student-run advertising or public relations agency. Build your broadcast reel in DuckTV. We’ve got a lot of work to do and something for everyone.

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Internships for On-the-Job Experience

More than 80 percent of the interns in our Oregon-wide Charles Snowden Program for Ethics in Journalism land a media job after graduation. Advertising, journalism, and public relations students in our Portland Experience program hold internships at the city’s top agencies, media outlets, and nonprofit organizations. And our one-of-a-kind Media in Ghana program takes students halfway around the world for summer jobs at West African media outlets.

Learn More About Internships

Resources to Help You Succeed

We’re here to help! As a student, you’ll get access to the latest media-making gear in the Allen Hall J-Cage and the gear closet at SOJC Portland. Expert writing coaches are standing by at Writing Central to offer one-on-one help with your papers, articles, and news releases. And soon, you’ll get access to state-of-the-art production equipment in our Portland-based Oregon Reality Lab and future Experience Hub. It’s all part of the SOJC student experience.

Pre-College Programs

Build your skills and try on the SOJC for size at our NextGen Media events.

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Media Days

Middle and high school students interested in journalism and communication attend keynotes, panels, and workshops during these full-day events on our Eugene and Portland campuses. Build communication skills and learn more about career opportunities in this thriving industry.

Learn More About Media Days

Students in the Next Gen Storytelling group throwing the O in front of Johnson Hall

Next Generation Storytelling

For the full college experience, sign up for our weeklong summer residential learning experience. Students in grades 10–12 stay in the UO dorms and take college-level classes from advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations professors and professionals. You can even earn college credit.

Discover Next Generation Storytelling