Learning the Ropes at the Washington Post 


Hoai-Tran Bui at her desk mid-note taking.

Dean’s Intern Hoai Tran Bui at The Washington Post

Sink or swim.

That’s what it’s like to be a Dean’s Intern at The Washington Post. It’s thrilling, terrifying and satisfying all at the same time—a roller coaster of emotions I never thought I would experience at a 9 to 5 job.

Unlike many of my previous internships, the Post requires interns to be at the same level of competence as any of their entry-level reporters. There are no “easy” stories or “intern jobs” that we get assigned. It’s be a great reporter, or don’t. Sink or swim.

I chose swim.

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