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  • 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 …)

  • jday 11:08 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink  

    Ad Sales Marketing & Parnerships: Learning the Ropes 

    Jasmine on the National Geographic channels floor entrance.

    By Dean’s Intern Jasmine Day at National Geographic

    The past few months with National Geographic Channel have taught me a lot about learning, observing, and curiosity. I have always been a firm believer that formal education teaches a person facts and concepts. However, throughout the years I have come to embrace the idea that experience, through internships and through life, are the very things that teach a person process.

    I am still so excited to be a part of a network that produces such engaging and meaningful content. And I am equally excited to be working alongside some of the most talented people in media and learning about the workings of the industry through a marketing and advertising lens; something that I have never done before. (More …)

  • cchen 4:58 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink
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    Adapt, Overcome and Improve! 

    Cheng Chen at the Newseum

    By Dean’s Intern Cheng Chen at Newseum

    After ending my summer internship at a video production company, I have a clearer sense of what I want to do and what I am good at – producing and editing. Since then, I didn’t slow my pace down and this semester I joined the broadcasting department of Newseum as a video editor.

    For the past month, I was asked to help prepare and edit a film about Vietnam War, which will premiere at the Newseum next year. This film looks back on the history and investigates how the Vietnam War was covered by the press and how the coverage of press impacted the outcome of the war. Its purpose it is to help Americans understand the role of US in Vietnam War 50 years ago. We gathered tons of valuable materials and interviewed journalists who witnessed of the war. This film is very educational and it makes me feel like my efforts are more meaningful. (More …)

  • amazzarisi 2:31 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink  

    Social Media Internships: More Than Just Tweeting 

    “Go, Nats!”

    By Dean’s Intern Alex Mazzarisi at National Geographic

    When I first started my social media internship at National Geographic Channel, I was a bit intimidated not just by the company name, but also by the life-sized spinosaurus that greeted me. The dinosaur welcomes visitors and employees alike at the entrance of the National Geographic Society to promote the new spinosaurus exhibit and even cheer on the Washington Nationals.

    Thankfully, the trepidation that any intern feels on the first day of a new job rapidly dissolved when I was introduced to my wonderful supervisors Jon, Sarina and Becca. They welcomed me onto their small, but extremely efficient social media team. Immediately, they let me sit in on conference calls and meetings, knowing that I wouldn’t understand everything right away but knew that being exposed early would allow me to get a jumpstart on the shows that’d I’d be working on now and months into the future. (More …)

  • lmaizland 4:37 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink  

    Don’t be Intimidated, Apply for Internships! 

    Lindsay calling candidates at WAMU

    By Dean’s Intern Lindsay Maizland at WAMU

    After making tee times and driving carts at a golf course over the summer, I entered this semester ready to gain job experience directly related to my journalism major. I applied for a few internships and now work as the digital media intern at WAMU 88.5, NPR’s affiliate radio station in Washington, D.C.

    As a sophomore in AU’s School of Communications and School of International Service with no previous internship experience, I was skeptical about being accepted for a Dean’s position. Convincing myself that I was qualified was the most difficult part of the application process. With help from a friend who works in human resources, I crafted my essays and resume to highlight my experiences and unique outlook. Yes, it is possible to relate skills learned at a summer job to a journalism internship. I hit submit and waited for a call back. (More …)

  • rfields 3:42 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink  

    Ready. Set. Go! 

    On the job at USA Today!

    By Dean’s Intern Richard Fields at USA Today

    It’s been about a month since I received the call that would shift my semester into overdrive, and I am extremely glad that I took it. This call was of course from USA Today’s video production team, and it’s been off to the races ever since.

    On day one I realized this internship stood apart from the rest, as I immediately started working on one of their daily news shows, USA Now, the minute I walked into the newsroom. From finding visual content to support the story, to learning the tricaster and shooting the show, to editing and publishing the show to their website, I was quickly immersed into USA Today’s production team. Mind you, this was all before 10:30am. (More …)

  • aseidel 11:07 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink  

    Full-Time Benefits at Part-Time Internship 

    View from my office window at USA Today in McLean, VA.

    By Dean’s Intern Aly Seidel at USA Today

    I spent the summer working the Dean’s Internship at NPR. Five days, forty hours a week. But now, I’ve ditched the 96 and have been taking the Silver Line to my new Dean’s Internship on USA Today’s Investigative Team.

    Same amount of excitement, much fewer hours. I come in two days a week. It makes it quite easier to juggle 15 credits when you’re only interning 15 hours, but it can still be difficult to get everything in order.

    So, for all of us balancing course loads and intern life, here are some suggestions to get the most out of your intern exprience, even when you’re not there every day.

    (More …)

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