Internship Memoirs

Technical skills soared over the summer

By Julianne Cuba

Coming from a reporting internship at Times Beacon Record Newspapers this past spring semester, my summer internship at Westchester Magazine was very different. Both good and bad.


Seeking out a mentor

By Maggie Cai

As the spring 2015 semester came to a close I was on the prowl for an internship for the summer. I was a rising junior who was still unsure where I wanted to go in terms of journalism and afraid of rejection. By the beginning of March I was desperately searching for something of interest to me on various websites with internship listings.


Learning to take good advice and using it

By Megan Miller

When I first began this internship, I was riddled with nerves and anxiety. From the hardware to the software, I feared I was behind the curve. I dreaded going out on assignments because I was unsure of myself. Would the audio be okay? Would I forget something? Would an interview be out of focus? Would I break a lens?


Stony Brook’s training made my CBS internship sizzle

By Dahlia Ibrahim

When I applied for an internship at CBS News in October 2014, I thought it’d be a long shot, but I did it anyway. When I went in for my group interview the following month, I still thought it’d be a long shot—everyone next to me was from a name brand school, private and pricey. Among all the NYUs and Columbias around me, only two students were from a public university: me, and a classmate of mine.


I learned how important fact-checking really is

By Sheena Samu

During the spring 2015 semester, I interned with CBS News, at “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” I spent two days a week at the research desk, working on that night’s broadcast. My job included checking scripts to make sure all the facts were correct and communicating with producers and reporters if anything needed to be changed. I was also responsible for helping producers with early reporting for future stories, finding the found information and sources that a reporter would need.


Writing for a newspaper

By Julianne Cuba

This semester, I interned for Times Beacon Record Newspapers. I wrote stories about local government, including Steven Bellone’s fourth State of the County address, a local civic meeting, and state funding for road repairs, and I covered feature stories about people, local shops and events.


NowThisNews Internship

By Tahseen Rabbi

China was the last place I expected to find opportunities for an internship. On the Journalism Without Walls trip to China in the summer of 2014, I found out about NowThisNews. It is a startup news company that targets several social media platforms.


Interning at the Council on Foreign Relations

By Hanaa’ Tameez

As a student-journalist, I find that it’s easy to get caught up in the news and events on campus. Whether I was working on a story for class or for the campus paper, those experiences have been incredibly valuable stepping-stones, which made interning at the Council on Foreign Relations such a humbling opportunity.


LIBN internship memoir

by Joe Malone

Long Island Business News is a weekly newspaper with three reporters and three editors. I first discovered Long Island Business News when I was e-mailed about the internship opening. I went onto and was impressed by both the website’s content and design. My impression from browsing was that the people behind it were savvy and it would be valuable to see how it is all done.


Entertainment at

By Lauren Fetter

Throughout my time at Newsday, my role as a web producer involved moving stories from print to web formats, writing several small stories of my own and using creative means to add more content to the site. I had known that taking on a web-based internship would be challenging and fast-paced because of the nature of the Internet. There is no down time, and the news cycle is always changing, even in entertainment. But just a few days in, I was asked to write several short pieces known as viral posts about topics that were trending on Google or Facebook.


Interning at HGTV Magazine

By Lisa Setyon

Right after interning for a start-up fashion magazine in the fall semester, I decided to apply for HGTV magazine where I got an offer for spring semester. From Day One, my two supervisors assigned me work. While primarily working at the features department, I also got the opportunity to look at other departments and the process of making a magazine.


NY1 Introduced Me to a Whole New World of Reporting

By Rolyne Joseph

The day that I walked into the office at NY1 News, my supervisor, Lindsey Christ, the station’s education reporter, had already put me into work. I thought I was going to sit around the office all day, running to get coffee, but that wasn’t the case. She sent me into the field.


NY1 Memoir

by Kareema Charles

At 11:45 a.m., I walked into Chelsea Markets and took the elevator to the sixth floor. Since I did not have an ID yet, I had to sign in by scrawling my name in a book. Then I opened the doors into NY1, a place I had envisioned myself interning for almost a year since touring the place during the Reporting in NYC class.


HGTV Magazine Memoir

by Sonaiya Kelley

Fresh off the heels of a summer internship with, I was offered the opportunity to intern for Hearst’s HGTV Magazine. While this internship was not explicitly journalism, I couldn’t pass up the chance to intern with Hearst, the publisher of several of my favorite magazines. In fact, I wanted it badly enough to commit two days a week to the internship on top of a course load that included JRN 370, JRN 364, and, most dreaded of all, JRN 490. It was going to be a rough semester, but for the chance to work at Hearst, or at least to have one shining “name brand” publication on my resume, I was willing to risk it.


Internship at the Council on Foreign Relations

by Heather Khalifa

Being a senior and ready to graduate, I can say with confidence at this point that I understand the role of a news organization and the job of being a journalist. I’ve worked at local papers and the campus paper long enough to understand standard editorial procedures and decisions. But I had never before worked at a think tank, where things are run much differently. It was a new experience, and I’ve learned a lot since first walking through the Council on Foreign Relation’s grand oak doors back in September.


A Healthy Dose of Real Reporting

by Alex Kramer

A quick glance into HealthDay’s Melville office does not give one the impression that this is one of the country’s largest health news outlets. It isn’t filled with constantly ringing phones and reporters scrambling to fulfill tight deadlines. At HealthDay, the newsroom is spread around the world. About 100 freelancer reporters contribute to the steady flow of health information.


Crosson Scholarship Internship

by Agata Michalak

Fall 2014 I started my Crosson scholarship Internship at Newsday, and News12. The rotating internship allowed me to experience print, online and TV news.


My News 12 Experience

by Jessica Suarez

I started learning from the minute I walked into the News 12 Studio to begin my internship. I was very fortunate to work with Elizabeth Hashagen, co-anchor of the morning show.


Reporter’s Assistant Gets To Do It All

by Jaclyn Lattanza

Before beginning my internship as a reporter’s assistant at News 12 Long Island, I was very excited for the opportunity to have a hands-on experience at my local television station.


Investigative Reporting Internship

This summer, I spent 112 hours sending and following up on FOIL requests to 96 incorporated villages across Long Island. The objective was to request the two most recent audited financial statements, adopted budgets and payroll information. Newsday has sent plenty of FOIL requests to towns for the same information and has been doing so for years, but the paper had never requested information from these tiny villages. My fellow intern and now dear friend, Lauren, and I were the guinea pigs.


My Internship at Patch

by Sonaiya Kelley

This summer I interned with as an editorial intern, by way of the Dow Jones News Fund.


Lost and Found In Translation

by Avesta Khursand

In January 2014, I did an internship at Voice of America’s Afghan Service, and I did exactly what I had prepared for during my years of attending Stony Brook University.


Open your mind to doing the things you already know

by Dipti Kumar

When I started my fall investigative internship with the magazine show “Inside Edition,” I walked in with expectations that any graduate student would have. The excitement to take on stories that uncover frauds, scammers and even vermin-infested restaurants sold me on the idea of doing investigative journalism.


This Internship Prepared Me for What Lies Ahead

by Marina Liao

This summer as an intern for IN New York and Where magazine it has made me realize what I want to do as a journalist and what I don’t want to do in the future. You have to start somewhere and I started at a listings publication that consisted of a small staff of 30 people.


Big Lessons from a Small Newspaper

by Yoon Seo Nam

Downtown Express, a bi-weekly newspaper serving Lower Manhattan, boasts only one editor, one editorial assistant. Along with several contributors, this tiny band produces the paper. It’s a very small newspaper; however, it was enough for me to have a lot of experiences in journalism.


I now fully grasp the saying “the news never sleeps.”

By Lindsey Welling

The newsroom was not made completely of glass windows as I had expected the first time I heard WTOP, a radio station in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, referred to as the glass-enclosed nerve center. In fact, there were very few windows to let the moonlight in at the time I’d walk into the newsroom.

Carrie Miller headshot

Every day was a new story

By Carrie Miller

I would say a lot of my time in this position was running teleprompter, pulling file footage and getting scripts ready. It wasn’t until I asked to shadow the producer overnight that I really benefited from the experience. Looking back, I wish I had asked sooner.


In Alaska, lessons learned in class come alive

By Gavin Stern

Mountains stand guard over the City of Seward, still capped with snow in the middle of summer. Beneath them, boats full of halibut and salmon return from the fertile fishing grounds of the Bering Sea. Campers watch from the black, shale-rock shore. Whale spouts and sea otters are a common sight, as is the sun, which shines 22 hours a day this time of year.

Sara Sonnack

Working with CBS This Morning

By Sara Sonnack

At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings when most people my age were either still awake or just getting home, I was leaving for work. Being on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule while working for “CBS This Morning: Saturday” took some getting used to. It also introduced the Saturday afternoon nap into my schedule. This internship was a lot of hard work and some of my free time had to be sacrificed, but I learned a lot along the way.


From newspapers to niche

By Matt Gerardi

I’m probably not surprising anyone by saying that my time spent with The Gameological Society wasn’t your typical journalism internship. A significant portion of my first day was spent playing games in my web browser, searching for gems among the near-infinite mounds of derivative drivel.

Nicole Indelicato

What I learned about myself, journalism at Newsday

By Nicole Indelicato

Today is Thursday, August 13, 2009 and the last day of my internship. I can honestly say that I have grown tremendously as a reporter and as a person in the past 24 days.
Allow me to first talk about what I’ve learned:I’ve learned not to be afraid to write obituaries.


Newsday internship increases student’s desire for journalism job

By Najib Aminy

It’s sometimes hard to be an optimist when I am pursuing a major in journalism, which is considered a dying field. There is the uncertainty of landing a job, the thought of other career paths or the concern of even enjoying what one does. My experience during my summer internship at Newsday, a hyper-local daily paper covering Long Island, quelled my concerns of having a career in journalism.


Being an intern to remember at Channel 2 in Buffalo

By Gregory Bernardi

If my summer at Channel 2 in Buffalo, New York taught me anything it was, above all else, that original reporting is rewarded. At the start of every shift was a news meeting, where reporters, photographers, and assignment editors would toss around story ideas for that day’s news.


The New York Daily News business desk

By Will James

It’s funny how much war correspondence and business reporting overlap at the intern level. Before I began work at the New York Daily News business desk in February, I underestimated the physical demands of the riding the Long Island Rail Road and looking at a computer screen for five to eleven hours a day while not moving from a chair.