Did you know that “aloha” in Hawaiian means “hello” AND “goodbye”? As the semester comes to a close, I wanted to give my last aloha to National Geographic Channel and reflect on my time as an intern. Interning for National Geographic Channel has taught me so much about the entertainment industry, the different avenues of marketing and communications and most importantly, giving me insight about my choice of career. (More …)
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In SOC, we focus a lot on chasing down ideas. We’re journalists, film makers, communicators: all fields where you have to aggressively seek out work. We look high and low for new stories, we find different angles, we approach dozens of people on the street and unabashedly ask for interviews.I’m a rare breed: a self-proclaimed shy journalist. In a field full of pitching stories, chasing sources and interviewing strangers, it’s not for an introverted personality. Me, I subscribe very heavily to the ‘fake-it-until-you-make-it’ school of thought, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Fact is, I’m shy, in a field where you can never be too aggressive about talking to people. Oh, I can do it. But I’m not always going to like it.The Post is full of people who are very, very busy. Editors who have a dozen things on their desk, reporters filing multiple different pieces a day, people with four empty coffee cups on their desk by noon. Journalism is fast, and when you’re in such an esteemed newsroom, there’s a lot happening. Some days, I’m caught up in that as well. My first day at work, I ended up downtown, using my phone to interview people at the March for Life. I was woefully underdressed for the weather- my flats never recovered from the muddy Mall. After four hours worth of interviews, lots of photos and a pen out of ink, I headed back into the newsroom. There are always days like that, hectic and crazy and extremely fun.But on other days, I find myself scanning other news sites, intensely trying to find a brief on something that I could pitch out. Some days, I find something. Other days, I don’t. I’m either cramming a dozen different things into an eight-hour workday, or I’m asking around the office for assignments. But, going back to how busy everyone at the Post is- sometimes there’s just no time to hand a story off to an intern.On days like that, you have to pitch.
By Dean’s Intern Katie Parody at Newseum
When people think of the Newseum the first thing that probably pops into their heads are the exhibits. This amazing, interacitve museum covers everything from the history of media to how news stories are made today (and you even get the chance to do a report yourself!) With beathtaking exhibits including a 4D theater, parts of the Berlin Wall, and a peice of the antenna to the World Trade Center, I can see why these are the things that come to mind. But you know what’s also really cool? The magic that happens behind those doors that say “Staff Only”, the stuff that goes on so that you have this wonderful place to enjoy. That’s where I go when I swipe my staff ID three times a week, and I am so lucky to be a part of it! (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Candice Norwood at NPR
I’ve done temporary work at a lot of news places over the course of my undergraduate and graduate school years. That’s four newspapers, three magazines, and two radio companies to be exact. Though I haven’t quite mastered the cure for first-day jitters I’ve become pretty good at maneuvering intern life. This semester I’m working with NPR’s education team, which is a total dream. I’ve learned a lot from each of my internship positions, but this semester has reached a new level — and I’m only seven weeks in. I’ve decided to share some important intern guidelines that have helped me so far through my awesome journey with NPR. (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Richard Fields at USA Today
In case you’re wondering why I look so happy in this picture, I will explain that shortly. But first I’d like to start from the beginning. Last semester I interned with USA Today’s Video Production Team, helping produce a number of their daily shows and even attended a red carpet event. This semester I’ve returned as an intern in the College section of their website, which I must say has been an exciting experience as well. (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Sophie Barnes at Current.Org
Last week, I saw my name in print for the first time.
When I visited the Current.org offices at the end of the Fall semester for an orientation tour, my managing editor Karen Everhart put this project on my future plate. I initiated my internship by calling congressional offices and non-profits, and combing through databases to inform my project. (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Maeghan Crociata at National Geographic
Being an SOC Dean’s Intern is an awesome opportunity and one that Kogoders rarely get. Yes, you read that correctly: I’m a Kogoder. So what am I doing in Dean Rutenbeck’s program? I’m an SOC minor and have a little bit of a different experience as an SOC student, but regardless, I am so lucky to qualify for this recognition and be a Spring 2015 Dean’s Intern. (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Erica Weinstein at NBC Washington
You’re probably thinking, “Why did she post a picture of the back of her head?” Well, when you have the chance to interview LeBron James, any photo evidence of it is post worthy. Whether it is walking into the Verizon Center or the NBC4 studios, everyday on the job is different. There is always something new and exciting happening in the world of sports, so having the opportunity to be at the forefront of it has provided me with knowledge, hands-on experience, and the chance to reach a large audience. (More …)
By Dean’s Intern Eleanor Greene at WAMU
This is what I had been waiting and working for.As a journalism student who declared my major even before I started my first day at AU, I had always been looking forward to the time when I could get credit for a senior professional internship, basically when my internship would count as a class. It came at the right time. This semester, I’m the digital media intern at WAMU 88.5, which is a Dean’s Internship I’m also getting 3 credits for in SOC. It seems right, because it’s a real journalism experience, working in the newsroom.
By Dean’s Intern Michael Cipriano at The Durango Herald
Anybody ever hear of The Durango Herald?
I know I never did until I started looking at the SOC Dean’s Internship program. The Herald is a newspaper local to the city of Durango in southwest Colorado.
But I was intrigued by the idea that I would ne the paper’s Washington, D.C. correspondent. I have dreamed of entering the field of political journalism, and I had experience covering politics during the summer of 2014, when I interned for RealClearPolitics.
The experience so far has been everything I could have hoped for. It started with the paper flying me to Colorado to explore the city of Durango. Along with seeing the city’s natural beauty, I also became familiar with the federal issues that are important to Coloradans. (More …)