Internship Memoirs

The fight for local relevance

By Cameron Boon

Not everything is what it looks like on the outside. When looking into the sports broadcasting/journalism life, people see names like Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Jim Nantz, the voices for the world’s biggest sporting events, who tell the stories of some of the greatest athletes ever seen.

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Internships Help You See A Bigger World

by Wenhao Ma

Having an internship is a great way to test and craft the skills that you learned from classes. Do not get deluded by the high grades you may have gotten in school. In the real world, things are quite different.

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The Admirable Chaos of Entertainment Journalism

By James Grottola

I remember thinking, as I walked into the building where Maxim has its offices on the first day of my internship, “I’m going to be able to work with one of the most powerful names in the magazine world behind my back. I’m going to conquer the earth.”

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At The Rush Hour Daily

By Michael DeSantis

With my internship at Rush Hour Daily having come to an end, it’s appropriate to reflect on all that I learned this summer.

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A Complex and savvy internship experience

by Chris Gaine

When you think of a intern’s typical duties, the chores that often come to mind include getting coffee, answering phones or doing other miscellaneous deeds that the bosses don’t feel like doing. I am thankful that I did not have to do any of this during my summer interning for Complex Media’s sports channel.

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Working at WSHU

By Christopher Cameron

Working at WSHU Public Radio involves reporting on tiny things like local fishing quotas, contributing to national stories for NPR, and everything in between. The challenge of working for local radio is to make the mundane interesting, and make the big stories small enough for people to understand.

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Be prepared to be unprepared

By Abigail Wolfenberger

The first day of an internship is like the first day of anything. You’ve prepared days, weeks and even months for what you expect to happen in the next eight hours and the days following. Not a hair on your head is out of place, and not a hand on your wristwatch is slow. You have enough adrenaline and anxiety running through your veins to fill an atomic bomb, but you convince yourself that the only thing exploding today is your coworkers’ minds when they see how brilliant an intern you are. You’re ready.

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Don’t be afraid

By Jager Robinson

My time at the Potter County News in Gettysburg, South Dakota showed me that the lessons about journalism that I’ve learned at Stony Brook are true: listen to your editor, and don’t call Republicans stupid. But the most important rule of all is never to be afraid of finding your voice.

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Behind the Scenes at the Smithsonian

by Danielle Hall

The halls at the Smithsonian are quite literally like an unending labyrinth. The National Museum of Natural History is more than just a museum. Beyond the exhibit halls of echoing exclamations of excitement and shrills from unhappy children is an even larger area; six floors in two separate wings dedicated to research, storage of collections and your run of the mill offices. This is where I spent the last three months as an intern.

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Interning – and hanging out with wildlife

By Lawrence Malindi Nzuve

When I made up my mind that I wanted to intern back home in Kenya, I got skeptical looks as well as some dismissive words. Why did I decide to go all the way back to Kenya to intern? Why didn’t I take up an internship in the U.S. where there are better opportunities?

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A Summer At ESPN West Palm 

by Sarah Elsesser

I had just finished running three miles and dragged myself off the treadmill. It was time to hit the blue mats to stretch and finish with an abs workout.

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At the Times Union

by Emily Benson

Even now, as I enter the final week in my internship, I find it hard to wrap my head around the notion that I am working at the Times Union.

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A new appreciation for public radio

By Joseph Ryder

Thinking back on the last few months at WSHU, I’m struck by the breadth of reporting I’ve been able to participate in. I’ve covered presidential candidates multiple times, covered Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fight for paid family leave, covered the Long Island casino controversy extensively and produced a feature-length report on Long Island’s oyster farms.

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Every experience is a lesson

By Melissa McCall

It is so easy to classify our experiences as either good or bad. The harder task, the task I consistently struggle to embrace, is finding the lessons hidden in all my experiences. My internship at New York Family magazine is no different.

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Real-world production experience–and more

By Michaela Christman

After spending the Fall 2015 semester interning on “Mornings with Maria,” a Fox Business Network show with Maria Bartiromo, I had the opportunity to return to Fox News Channel to intern on the show “Fox & Friends” during the Spring 2016 semester.

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It’s true: Hard work builds character

By Marshall Wayne Cooper

When I first came to Stony Brook, I knew I wanted to do something in journalism or media, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. When I took my first video class, JRN 215, I knew that I wanted to do broadcast and not print. I seemed to gel with it perfectly, seeing how I had always had a talent for editing videos since eighth grade.

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Watching, listening, writing and learning

By Kyle Barr

My internship at Long Island Business News was my first time inside a professional newsroom, my first time writing breaking news stories for a specialized audience — in this case, Long Island’s business community. I saw how real experts in a field work.

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Learning to see by observing

By Krysten Massa

Pictures are really important in journalism. Sometimes, seeing has a larger impact than just reading words. A good photo stands out, and I am walking out of my internship with Heather Walsh Photography a much better photographer than when I began.

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Learning to make the normal look interesting

By Kelly Zegers

Interning with Heather Walsh was a great way to learn about photography, freelancing and how to present oneself as a journalist. Walsh is a freelance photojournalist who consistently works for Newsday and The New York Times. With her, I learned what it takes to make the normal look interesting.

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Putting the sights on sound

By Julio Avila

During the Spring 2016 semester, I interned at NPR’s Connecticut affiliate WSHU. The station had just opened a new Long Island bureau to expand its Long Island coverage. It was a small bureau, not much larger than the lower newsroom at the School of Journalism.

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Gaining technical skills and confidence as a photographer

By Joseph Ryder

Interning with freelance photojournalist Heather Walsh helped me grow as a photographer. Whether it be lighting a portrait or directing a subject, the internship has helped me elevate my style of photography and given me the confidence to walk into any type of assignment with my wits about me and capture stunning images

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From ‘a little bit lost’ to ‘so comfortable’ at WSHU

By Emily Benson

I vividly remember the day that Dan Katz, the news director of WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut, called me and offered me an internship position at the radio station. My initial reaction, though I restrained myself from saying it aloud, was, “Why?”

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It’s more complex than what you get in a textbook

By Christopher Gaine

Learning out of a textbook can be useful. It can give you the foundational understanding of a subject. The journalism school here at Stony Brook has given me a terrific foundation of journalistic knowledge throughout my time here. But learning on the job has been equally valuable—if not more so—to my development as a professional.

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CBS is amazing, but problems do arise

By Basil John

My first day into CBS was a cold one. It was about 23 degrees, but it was bright out. I took my ID, swiped through the gate and took a deep breath. I was walking through a hallway that has been graced with the presence of people such as Charlie Rose, Scott Pelley and Bob Schieffer, the on-air talent I aspired to be like one day.

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Preparing for my Opportunity 

By Jasmine Blennau

At News 12 Long Island, I was a hybrid intern. Half of my time I was an editorial intern, and the other half I was a technical intern. This meant that I could learn all sides of what goes into making TV news. I worked in the control room and the studio, in newsgathering and editing, and on the assignment desk. Understanding the different roles people have in the newsroom was important to me because I wanted to figure out whether I could see myself in those roles one day.

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Honing my skills in photo stories and feature writing

By Rachel Siford

In the summer of 2015, I interned for Times Beacon Record Newspapers. This was a valuable experience because I got to try things beyond what I have done at school. One of the most valuable things I took away from this internship was learning what it was like to work in an office.

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The value of taking the initiative 

By Abigail Wolfenberger

As a journalism student, you try to picture your life outside the walls of your classroom. But what you come up with is really only a mixture of guesses and wishes. I’m not the same student I was before my internship at WJHL News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee, during the summer of 2015, and I’m definitely not the same journalist.

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‘The Newsday Effect’ drives confidence

By Jimin Kim

Newsday got me hooked on journalism. Heading into my summer Newsday writing internship, I was web editing, producing video stories and managing social media. I wondered if classic writing and reporting was for me. After 10 weeks interning and publishing nearly 30 stories, I love writing and reporting.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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