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  • socdeansintern 3:05 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink  

    Interning at Durango Herald 

    Iulia visited the Durango Herald headquarters in Denver, CO

    By Dean’s Intern Iulia Gheorghiu at the Durango Herald

    This opportunity has newly been integrated into the Dean’s Internship offers and I was very excited and honored to be accepted to the program. What is the Durango Herald?

    It is a newspaper in Southwest Colorado, family-owned, and part of a bigger connection of newspapers in neighboring counties. I worked for the Durango Herald as a DC correspondent, localizing stories and developments in Congress for readers in La Plata County.

    This meant following the House Rep. Scott Tipton and Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. Coming in during an election, this gave me the opportunity to report on the very heated Senate race between Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner. It was challenging to find stories when Senate was out of session but I had a lot of support from the Durango Herald editor and the Denver correspondent. Overall, Durango Herald’s staff was very supportive. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 3:02 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink  

    A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words 

    Joanna at National Geographic

    By Dean’s Intern Joanna Sobieski at National Geographic

    When I first walked into the National Geographic office this September to intern for the Channel, it felt like coming home. My sophomore year I spent my first internship interning for the National Geographic Society, so the building with its stunning photography adorning the walls, quirky cubicle decorations, and brilliant staff, felt at once friendly and familiar. At the end of my internship, I have learned an awful lot about working for a major television network, brushed up on my photoshop skills, and learned important lessons in office dynamics that will serve me in my upcoming job search and beyond.

    My team of supervisors in Digital Media were all extremely bright, poised and professional young women that were fantastic role models for me to follow during my time with the Channel. They immediately showed me the ropes of the work I would complete during my internship and helped me assimilate to the unique culture of the NatGeo Channel office. It was really interesting for me to observe how different the company culture was between the Channel and the National Geographic Society, despite being housed in the same building. Work in the channel, as in most networks, was fast paced and presented many spontaneous projects that needed to be dealt with, from damage control over content deemed controversial, to capitalizing on the popularity of media clips that gained traction online. (More …)

  • rfields 2:36 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink  

    From Luxury Cars to Movie Stars: The Cost of Leaving Your Desk 

    Read on to see why I’m posing with this AUDI.

    By Dean’s Intern Richard Fields at USA Today

    I know you’re probably wondering why I’m standing next to the cool Audi in the photo to the left, or how it even got there, and I’ll get to that. But I would like to touch on something else first. With the semester now at a close, I offer one piece of advise. Leave your desk! Now what I’m not saying is to leave your work behind you, but when you begin exploring your work environment you’d be amazed at the opportunities you’ll find.

    One thing I like about USA Today is that everyone is more than willing to help you achieve your goals, and a big part of that is finding the environment that best facilitates growth in both your career and as an individual. Through my many conversations with management, the video production team, and the Internship Coordinator, it is well known that my ultimate goal is to be involved in both the creative and business sides of filmmaking. Then it happened. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 10:54 am on December 19, 2014 Permalink  

    The First Time I Cut For Air 

    By Dean’s Intern Jordan-Marie Smith at NPR

    summer hatersThis was a really big deal for me because the story was devolved to me after the guest was booked and I had the responsibility of taking control of it—-that included editing. For something like a tape and copy, a host’s voice reads next to clipped audio, the process seemed a bit scary. For one, this was the first time I would have to go out to the field for interviews and clips. That included Potomac, MD, metro platforms with strangers and my college campus. Talking to strangers is fun and I am sure saying I was from NPR helped a bunch. (More …)

  • socdeansintern 2:49 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink  

    A Hands-On Experience 

    Trey at Washington Post TV

    By Dean’s Intern Trey Yingst at Washington Post

    At the start of the academic year I never imagined working at arguably one of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. This semester I took a course called “How the News Media Shaped History” where we learned about the role that the Washington Post played during the Watergate scandal. Just a week later I was interviewing for an internship at the Post. The internship application originally called for a print journalism major to write articles at the Post, but American University was able to make a few phone calls and get me an interview with Post TV.

    (More …)

  • lsandoval 4:23 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink  

    Putting Things in Perspective 

    Lindsay give a thumbs up about NPR

    By Dean’s Intern Lindsay Sandoval at NPR

    It was 3:58, two minutes until my first official interview for National Public Radio’s Education Desk. I jog into the recording studio behind my desk.

    I follow a little list of steps my fellow intern had given me. Set the soundboard, open the MTE program on the desktop. Dial the number and hit record.

    “Chris?” I ask. I can’t hear him! He’s a high school teacher from Ohio who draws comics about the funny moments of classroom life and the next profile in our “Secret Lives of Teachers” series. My recording won’t go on the radio, but I’ll need it to help draft my first article. (More …)

  • dlim 10:00 am on October 27, 2014 Permalink  

    Light semester? Yeah right. Democracy in action. 

    David at USA Today

    By Dean’s Intern David Lim at USA Today

    Spring semester of my sophomore year at American University when I signed up for classes I figured that my fall semester was looking to be fairly easy and I would have ample free time. After a year where I took on econometrics, the intermediate level of economics and accounting, I thought a semester of communication classes more suited to my interests would be a great way to start the second half of my college career. During the past summer, I had the opportunity to intern for Bloomberg BNA, which I found through the help of an American University professor, and I took a job as a Resident Assistant on campus as a way to give back to the community and hopefully shape it for the better. I had two days without class planned, and things were looking quite nice.

    How quickly things change. (More …)

  • talim 4:04 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink  

    There’s Always Something to Learn 

    Working on an article close to deadline is pretty stressful but good practice as a reporter!

    By Dean’s Intern Teta Alim at

    Last summer, I was a social media and web intern for a personal stylist and wrote music reviews for an indie music site. I knew I wanted to continue getting writing experience during my fall semester. I just didn’t know where. Thankfully, applying for a Dean’s Internship helped me orient my goals into doing something more journalistic.

    When I started my internship at Current, I had little knowledge about the world of public media beyond going onto the NPR website to stream albums early. Current reports solely on news in public media and coming from a background of music journalism and social media, I wasn’t sure if I was the right person for the job. It didn’t matter because as long as I showed dedication and interest in my position, I was confident I’d be able to catch up. (More …)

  • trobbins 4:56 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink  

    Part of the Team 

    Trish at National Geographic Channel

    By Dean’s Intern Trish Robbins at National Gegraphic

    It’s easy to fall into that trap of trying to prove yourself by sticking to the mentality, “Not only can I do it all, but I can do it all by myself!” This is a big mistake, and a mistake I have been guilty of making. As important as individual skills are, the greatest lesson I’ve learned from working at National Geographic Channel is the importance of working and collaborating as a team.

    From my first day as an intern in the creative marketing department at National Geographic Channel, I have been treated as an equal. I have been invited to every team meeting, cc’ed on all important emails within the team, and brought to Channel wide presentations, one of which I was able to sit only a foot away from the CEO of the Channel and listen to her input on the presentation. (More …)

  • wreid 4:44 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink  

    Meeting Challenges with Improvisation 

    William at WAMU

    By Dean’s Intern William Reid at WAMU

    After a summer spent working, volunteering and riding the bus back and forth to New York to intern at Democracy Now!, it would have made sense to take a break. Instead, I casually sent in an application to intern with WAMU 88.5. Shortly thereafter, I was invited to interview and now here I am. I’ve been interning with WAMU for about a month now as their video and photo intern.

    One of my first assignments was to shoot a video of famed violinist Joshua Bell while he performed at Union Station. I loaded up WAMU’s gear, and made my way there. Upon arriving, I was disappointed to find that all of the good camera set-up locations appeared to be already taken. Even worse, there was such a tremendous early crowd, that it seemed as though there would be no way for me to get the footage I needed. Without hesitation, I began looking for a solution. (More …)

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