Year of Graduation: 2014
Major: Communication (Concentration in Journalism)
Intern Title/Name of Organization: Programming and Production - Technical Intern/ KABC-TV Los Angeles
How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process?
To be completely honest, it was through extensive research and finding the best possible program that fit my needs and my goals as a starting point in my career. The application process was extensive and quite long, and all the applications were done in a specific way according to the company's standard application. Applications ranged from 1 page to 5 or more pages. I worked with Career Services' staff to have my resume and cover letters critiqued too.
What were some of the highlights?
For me the whole experience was a highlight! It was a fast-paced environment in which you have to think on your feet, do your research, and be ready for the impossible and imaginable. One time I was expected to do an interview with an executive chef and then she didn't show up so...you can't kill a story. I thought, why not just interview the co-owner and go from there. It ended up being a great story and a moment that I learned on my own. Other highlights included meeting and interacting with the greatest people in the industry, celebrities, and people who changed the lives of others who are less fortunate.
What was a "typical day" like? What were some of your major responsibilities?
It varied so much depending on the story and what time the interviews were conducted. You go through a process called logging, kind of like re-writing for scripts which isn't too bad once you get the hang of it. Most of my internship, I was on the road and all over the place from the cities to the valleys but the crew was amazing. I handled lighting, grip, audio effects, and helping set up the backgrounds. I also interviewed and produced on my own for KABC-TV which was a highlight.
What were some of the challenges of your internship?
For me, I didn't see things as challenges; I took everything as it was and questioned when I needed to know something that I didn't or it wasn't presented to me. Some challenges are probably the hours: I had early mornings and so it was the chance to just start my day early and sometimes come home early, but that too can change. I woke up at 4 in the morning to be in the office by 7; it varied due to traffic, so sometimes I wouldn't come home until 8 or 9 at night. It was still a thrilling day and the experience made everything so much more rewarding.
What did you learn?
I was a really great intern so I got to do more tasks, challenges, and go on more shoots, in addition to creating my own work. From talking with the other employees, I learned that in order to succeed, sometimes you have to fall and learn from it. I learned that whatever road I choose, the President of KABC told me to do it with love. Finding my passion is one thing and going for it, taking actions is another part of it. I learned that this is the field that has brought me joy, excitement, thrill-seeking all in one. Our days begin the moment we set foot in the office, the stories break, and it's our job to expose them in order to grow a community. It's a job that I can't wait to be a part of.
What advice would you give other students interested in internships?
My best advice is, "You know the saying, 'when one door closes, another one opens'? I don't follow that. I feel as though opportunities happen for those who have the courage to knock on the door instead of waiting for it to open." This internship rollercoaster is what I'm calling it, the whole process is that thought summed up in one. I got 15 offers from the 30 I applied to from among the best companies in the country. I can't complain and at the same time, I landed my dream internship. I hope that there are others who plan to take risks as much as I did.