This blog was written by Dalida our campus ambassador from the Texas State University - San Marcos.
I spent my summer interning in my Hometown for CW in Houston, Texas. I was part of their first internship team since the station made a decision to go anchorless in March 2011. Houston’s CW station decided to rid of the regular newscasts and focus more on picture and sound.
The internship just ended and I am happy to share with all of you what I have learned. Let me remind you that I am neither Broadcast nor journalism major, so this was a huge learning experience. And I don’t know how other news stations operate their internship programs, but I felt I was part of the team, going on shoots and working with any and every department I was interested in working with.
Here’s something that I live by and I encourage you to try it as well. Every year set some kind of goal for yourself, it doesn’t matter what it is (one of mine was to one day walk the football stadium, and I did just that during the homecoming game last year.) Here’s one more challenge, try to do something that you always say you are terrible at (I was on camera reporting on one of the segments I made for my resume reel at NewsFix.) The whole point of it all is to get you to step out of your comfort zone and experience something new, and you will be surprised at what you discover about yourself.
I was challenged during my internship and that is what it’s all about; it also helped that everyone around me was helpful and supportive. I learned phone etiquette while working the newsdesk, how to talk in front of the camera and sound conversational, how to interview people at shoots and events and also how to formulate a voice. All things that I wouldn’t have pictured myself doing, which goes to say, you never know what you can do until you give it a try!
Here are my Do’s at an internship:
- Do have a Go-Getter attitude!
- Do talk to everyone, because you don’t know who you will meet.
- Do schedule meetings if possible with personals doing what you want to do. Because people do love to talk and give advice.
- Do show that you are interested in learning.
- Do ask questions.
- Do ask for something to do or if you can be of any assistance.
- Do find someone you can shadow.
- Do introduce yourself to everyone and tell them your interests
- Do, do your best!