Work experience opportunities

Bachelor of Communication ― Broadcast Media Studies

What kinds of work experience opportunities may be available?

As a Broadcast Media Studies student, you will have the opportunity to complete a work term in almost any location across Canada. Some students pursue local opportunities or work with their hometown media, while others choose to travel to other countries to enjoy international work experiences. Since Calgary is a large media market that attracts people with considerable experience, students are often required to leave the city to complete their terms.

Broadcast students may find themselves working at television and radio stations, production houses, in corporate communications or on live event production crews, using their writing, interviewing and technical skills for a wide range of audiences.

How do I prepare for my work term?

All Broadcast Media Studies students are required to register for and successfully complete BMST 4490, a non-credit course entitled Broadcast Workplace Issues and Preparation Seminar, during the fall semester of the third year of the degree program.

Students examine current conditions and developments in the broadcaster's workplace, workday issues, and the rights and responsibilities associated with the world of work. Students are also coached on the tools required to secure work experience employment, including resume and cover letter writing, portfolio building and interview skills. Potential employers and industry professionals are invited to present their perspectives and expectations, and graduates from the program are asked to describe their work term experiences. This course is also a forum for regular communication with the work experience coordinator.

Learn more about the academic program.

When do I complete my work term?

Broadcast Media Studies students participate in the work term during the spring semester following the third year of studies. The 450 hours required for the completion of the work term must be completed within the May - August period.

What about expenses?

  • Both BMST 4490 and the work term are non-credit courses and have fees attached to them. Please consult the 2019/20 Tuition and Fee Schedules for more information.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the work site.
  • If you accept a work experience position outside of Calgary or your own hometown, you will be responsible for your own relocation expenses in that location unless otherwise indicated by the employer.
  • The majority of work terms will require the use of a vehicle. Other specific positions may require the use of your own equipment (i.e., recording device).