Yes, okay. Well I started interning my in the fall of my junior year at SPIKE TV and then this semester at the Village Voice and I have friends who’ve interned at other places under Viacom (MTV/VH1/etc.), some of the branches of Conde Nast (Allure, Teen Vogue), and some under Hearst (Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen). I also know people who’ve written for almost any other small magazine/publication there is as well as for NBC/MSNBC. As you can see, there are a lot of options. I even got a freelance job through the Journalism department. If you’re on the listserv (mailing list basically), then you’ll get internship/job postings sporadically and they’ll have all of the information in them. Also the bulletin board in the Journalism building is almost always full of postings for opportunities for internships.
Since I transferred out of CAS, I’ve only taken a few other Journalism courses so my dealings with the department are pretty minimal but I don’t believe it’s really that competitive, I could be wrong though. I mean, once you get past Investigating Journalism (or whatever the 101 class is called) aka the “weeding out class,” then the students are usually more focused on ~Journalism~, but that’s about all I can say.
If you come out as a Journalism major with experience (i.e. clips and internships with recommendations and the like) then you’ll have a good foundation to base work off of, but you’re going to have to really get into internships and volunteering early. Writing for NYU Local or WSN are great places to start since they’re NYU-based. Just build your portfolio and maybe work on a long-term project (Senior Projects are a great thing to look into…) if that’s possible and you can set yourself up to do well. I know that kind of skirted the question, but it really depends on how much work you’ve put in over the time spent in college as for how you’ll do once you leave.