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- Download and print my internship syllabus (PDF) and bring it to my office during office hours to discuss your plans with me.
- Plan to work 40 hours at your internship for each unit of academic credit you want to receive.
- Complete internship registration within three weeks of the first day of the semester.
Taylor Haire | WYPR 88.1 | Spring 2016
My advice for future students is to go into your internship with an open mind. Some days your internship will be extremely boring and sometimes you will be overwhelmed, especially if you’re interning while taking a full load of classes, but the experience you gain will always be worth it. Take the time at your internship to allow yourself to grow. You should know that the professionals around you are there to help you and give you advice whether it’s constructive criticism or positive feedback. My internship at WYPR taught me how to edit and put together multiple stories which were eventually put on air and posted on the website. Soak up as much of your internship as possible, you’ll learn things that you could never learn just by sitting in a classroom.
Alex Kellum | MotorWeek | Spring 2016
During the final semester of my college career, I was fortunate enough to intern with Maryland Public Television’s MotorWeek. I majored in mass communication with hopes of becoming an automotive journalist, and this was my first opportunity playing in the big leagues, so to speak. The first day was the hardest: I was representing Towson University, as well as my own ambitions. I wanted to produce the best content I was capable of and etch my name into this prestigious program. As it turns out, it was one of the most informative semesters I’ve ever had, and the experience itself was some of the most meaningful work I had done to date. Looking back on it, I’d say to anybody looking for an internship to just try it out and do your best. Even though there are times when you are nervous, or times where you feel like your employers aren’t taking full advantage of your skills, do the best work you’re capable of and learn from your experiences. What you do now will dictate what comes next, so be the best intern you can be. You never know what doors will open up next.
Justice Stanley | The Afro American | Fall 2015
During the fall 2015 semester, I had the pleasure of interning at the AFRO-American Newspaper. My internship included taking part in a teleconference with celebrities, interviewing potential politicians and attending political discussions. The experience was intimidating at first because I had never written for such a prominent publication. It was also tough to adjust to not having a professor there to help me with my writing along the way. As the weeks progressed, I became more confident when submitting my work. I grew to understand what it was that my editor was looking for in a story and anytime that I was not sure, I asked. One word of advice that I would offer is to make sure that you can balance your school schedule with your internship’s schedule. Also try to retain all the skills and knowledge that you can. Most importantly, enjoy your internship!
Brooke Donovan | Towson Sports Network | Fall 2014
This semester I was a digital media intern with the Towson Sports Network. I learned about editing with final cut pro, how to properly stand and use a camera, and how to work under a time crunch to get the video edited and uploaded. It was a great learning experience about the production industry and anyone who wishes to learn more about video and loves sports should definitely try and look into this internship. My experience was one I will never forget and lessons I learned I will take with me throughout my future career endeavors.
Bridget Mallory | Girls’ Life Magazine | Fall 2014
This internship has shown me how a magazine is run. From the meetings to deciding on the cover picture, interns are involved in a lot of decisions at GL and it was really great. When most people think of internships, grabbing coffee or lunch for the boss is the first thing that comes to mind but I’ve never had to do any of that. Having the opportunity to add to my writing clips is something I’m most proud of. I love reading the comments below my stories. Some comments from readers can be rude but I’ve learned to laugh it off and learn from them.
Hunter Moore | The Maryland Zoo | Fall 2014
As expected, my experience as a Digital Media intern with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was awesome. I arrived at the perfect time, as I got to see the last days of construction and the opening of their new exhibit: Penguin Coast. During that time, I did a lot of video work and wrote plenty of blog posts getting the visitors ready for its opening. I think the most important thing that this internship taught me is to be flexible with my writing. It gave me a new writing style to add to my inventory as well, which is promotional writing. Much of the content that I produced was strictly informative, but every once and a while I would get stuck writing promotional or marketing content. It also taught me to write for a more general audience, as visitors to the Zoo’s website can vary widely in age. I guess my best piece of advice for future interns of any company or field is to go in with as little preconceptions as possible. Whether you’re publishing 140-character Tweets or full articles, experience is experience.
Cristina Davia | Maryland Department of Planning | Fall 2014
Interning in the public sector is different than interning with a news organization, because the stories you write all have one central theme. At the Maryland Department of Planning, I was lucky enough to write about smart growth and sustainability initiatives, which are causes I believe in. While writing on new topics can be daunting, I encourage students at any internship to jump right in and try to pin down the story the best you can. Supervisors who edit your work are only there to help you improve and grow as a writer. I took the opportunity to work with audio and video footage and editing software as often as I possibly could. I encourage journalism students to do the same and learn to use as much multimedia software as possible while you have access to it, because it will make you a more versatile journalist. My internship experience was invaluable and helped hone my writing and editing skills and add to my professional experience. If you have the chance to intern, take it!
Cari Ashkin | Maroon PR Newsroom | Fall 2014
This Fall I had the opportunity to intern at Maroon PR. I was constantly working with clients and made sure to use those opportunities to make a great impression. That is the most important tip I can’t stress enough: everyone you meet is a possible connection to your future so make the best impression you can and never burn bridges. If you are also a dual track focus within the major, do not just pick one to get experience in. Get your foot into both doors and find out what your niche is. You’ll never truly know what you want to do after graduation until you experience it in the “real world.” Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone because that is where you learn more about yourself. Do not think of the internship as an academic requirement. Think of it as a job! It will make the experience much more meaningful.
Nicole Gould | The Baltimore Orioles Alumni Department | Summer 2014
This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Baltimore Orioles Alumni Department. This internship has taught me more than I would ever be able to learn by sitting in a classroom. As my first internship, it was a great place to see a different side to the journalism world. I got the chance to work closely with former Baltimore Orioles players and make connections with sports reporters from WBAL-TV as well as beat writers for the Baltimore Sun. If you ever get the opportunity to work with the Baltimore Orioles, regardless of the department, don’t hesitate to take it. Every employee that I worked with was extremely helpful and made me feel as though I was part of the staff. How many journalism interns can say they were on the field, in the dugout, in the locker room, and standing face-to-face with not only current players, but legends of a first place MLB baseball team? Not many.
Dana Kobilinsky | Defenders of Wildlife magazine | Summer 2014
Working at a magazine with a specialized topic is a lot different than writing current event news stories. My internship at Defenders of Wildlife magazine taught me not only about the writing and editing process, but about how to write for a particular audience. Although I went into my internship knowing very little about wildlife issues, I learned so much that I probably never would have been exposed to. At my internship, I was able to attend a diverse range of meetings about wolves and other endangered species. I was also able to see and be involved in the whole magazine creation process from writing and editing, to designing, and I even took a trip with my boss and other interns to the printing plant. I was able to write stories for two different sections of the magazine and was even assigned my own feature story. No matter where your internship is and what topic you will be writing about, I suggest going into it with an open mind and showing your boss and colleagues that you’re eager to learn as much as you can. Even when there are slow days, it is a good idea to ask for more work or to come up with your own story ideas. Finally, don’t be discouraged if your work is edited and criticized. It is all part of the writing process. Overall, throughout my summer internship at Defenders of Wildlife, I got a feel of what it is like to work in Washington D.C. and a learned that journalism can take you on many different paths. If you have a passion for wildlife or just want to learn more about wildlife, and love writing, this internship is just for you!
Sarah LaCorte | The Baltimore Sun | Spring 2014
As a features intern at the Baltimore Sun, I was given a variety of assignments which tested and challenged every skill I have learned as an undergraduate. From galleries to articles to magazine blurbs and personal narratives, my writing techniques and abilities were stretched as editors critiqued my style. I enjoyed networking with editors and the opportunity to interview some truly remarkable people. My advice would be to come into the Baltimore Sun on week one and really lay down for the editors who you are and what kind of stories you like. You will get a huge volume of work for your portfolio, so make some of it work that you thought of, pitched and saw to fruition. Take any and all opportunities that editors list as “optional.” Be courageous and take an assignment that seems wildly out of your comfort zone. I auditioned to be on The Bachelor and I had a blast while doing it. Each project I signed up for or pitched ended up being one I enjoyed working on the most because I had ownership of it. I made it my project with my vision and my own style. So in between imputing events into Find Local or calling up another business, pitch those stories, network with your editors and sneak in a little bit of your flair into you work. You’ll have an experience that was as enjoyable and challenging as mine.
Mariah Oates | ABC2 WMAR | Spring 2014
This was my first internship at a news station and the newsroom was so fun, upbeat and lively! Even when we had depressing news stories to report, the reporters, producers, and photographers kept me smiling. I went out with reporters, wrote Vo-Sots, worked the assignment desk and learned how to use professional cameras. There are definitely slow days where I didn’t do much but the fun days made it worth it! I learned that you have to be able to do just about EVERYTHING! Stations are looking for MMJ’s not just reporters. I learned what it takes to be in front of the camera, edit, and be a producer. ABC2 will provide all the tools you’ll need to make a successful reel. No matter what station you intern with BE ASSERTIVE! That’s the only way you’ll get the full experience.
Brandi Bottalico | The Baltimore Sun | Spring 2014
The Baltimore Sun internship was an amazing opportunity to network with professional reporters and editors, as well as get your byline in the newspaper. I got to report on house fires and go knock on doors for sources. I learned a lot about different resources to use for articles also. Through the guidance of the reporters I learned how to better write certain types of articles. Just like any internship, you will get what you put into it. I believe that if you treat this internship as if you were already a reporter for the Sun and seek your own story ideas, you will have the best experience possible. I recommend you spend every moment working on something for the paper, even if you weren’t assigned anything. One thing I wish I had done was shadow someone in their interactive department for a day to see what they do and understand it better. Perhaps looking for opportunities like this will better your experience also. While at this internship I recommend building relationships with as many people in the newsroom as possible. Overall The Baltimore Sun gave me a lot of experience reporting and working with other reporters.
Erin Smith | Girls’ Life Magazine | Spring 2014
Since my internship with Girls’ Life was my second internship I really wanted to get a feel for different types of magazines in the industry. My first internship was with an urban magazine while Girls’ Life is more preppy and aimed towards teenage girls. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to adjust my writing styles to the audience I am writing for which is very important in the magazine industry. I also had the chance to learn a lot about promotion and using social media to create a voice for the magazine. Experience and learning are the key reasons we take internships. Make the most out of every little thing you learn and it could be rewarding in the end.
Kate Williams | Today Media | Spring 2014
Having a real-world internship can be scary and challenging. Everyday will be a major learning experience, and Today Media Custom Communications was a great place to learn! I spent my spring semester being an editorial assistant intern there and have left confidant and excited to enter the journalism field. The friendly staff was very helpful and eager to help me. Everyone there had years of experience to teach and were ready to teach and make connections. Today Media gave me the chance to write feature stories, event notices and small pieces for printed publications. I was also given the chance to work with websites, apply SEO and practice photo editing. I had the chance to look at others’ works and edit and fact check them. The experience was awesome! If you’re looking for a fun place to learn, Today Media is the way to go. It is the best place to start, make mistakes and grow from them!
Matt Hamilton | The Baltimore Sun | Spring 2014
This spring, I worked as a Sports Copy Desk intern at the Baltimore Sun. It was the most helpful experience, in terms of journalism, I’ve ever had. I got the chance to put together digest items, fact-check and edit stories and proofread pages on a daily basis, as well as cover feature stories that appeared in the outdoors section on Sundays. Nothing beat seeing my byline read Matt Hamilton, The Baltimore Sun. This internship showed me the ins and outs of a newsroom and gave me a good understanding of what major papers want out of their writers. I had so much fun and learned a whole lot too! It beats sitting in class for four hours a week. If you get the chance to work at The Sun, take it.
Rachel Allen | Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Spring 2014
My internship gave me experience that I couldn’t get from a classroom. I learned how to work with a supervisor and in a team. I recommend going in with a plan in mind for what you want to accomplish because that way your supervisor will know what to do to give you the best learning experience. Overall this internship really prepared me for a future job in mass communication.
Kelsey Hoffbauer | Media Two | Fall 2013
Everyone’s first internship is intimidating and nerve-racking to say the least. Students want a comfortable work environment to learn the ropes into the Journalism and New Media industry, which is exactly what Today Media Custom Communications has provided for me this semester. Their friendly staff has given me an opportunity to dive into the projects that the company works on daily, teaching me skills such as proofreading, editing and fact-checking that will continue to help my writing well into my future. Editing freelance writers work and then posting it onto the Hunt website, a publication that Today Media Custom Communications works closely with, has given me a real sense of how this industry communicates and engages with their clients on a professional level. I cannot say enough good things about my experience at this internship and I would definitely recommend it for students looking for a better understanding of what this industry is really about.
Jazmine Johnson| B the site | Fall 2013
If you’re looking for an offbeat, quirky and exciting internship, b definitely encompasses that. From Halloween drink features to favorite bartenders in the area, I photographed an array of fun and entertaining stories. On slow days when there weren’t any assignments, I often updated the website with funny pop culture blurbs. This internship gives you the platform to photograph interesting photo ideas. No idea is a stupid one, so if you get a position photographing for b or the Baltimore Sun in general, never be afraid to offer ideas, ask questions and really get your feet wet.
Sarah LaCorte| Baltimore City Paper | Fall 2013
I spent my fall semester interning at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Alternative Weekly. City Paper has a vibe you can feel immediately. It is edgy, a little sarcastic and completely in love with all things Baltimore. If you are interested in interning here, it really helps if you know about the arts,music or bar scene in Baltimore because City Paper is always looking for interesting new people to interview. As a girl who comes from a rural town in New Jersey, it was a hurdle for me to know how to contribute to the City Paper. At City Paper, my daily tasks included fact-checking articles for all sections of the paper and drill-pressing, which was taking press releases and re-writing them for the calendar section of the paper. My advice to future students would be to get your ideas out to the editors as soon as possible. Don’t be shy! Pitch stories every week and constantly search for the most interesting aspects of Baltimore. That is the only way you will get any story assignments at CP. The more you put in, the more you will get out of your experience there. As you explore the city and the paper, you will also explore your own skills as a writer. I learned that the publication you write for grooms your style. Writing for City paper helped me adapt a more distinct and engaging perspective that maybe has a little bit more attitude. If you love Baltimore and you love writing that is witty and hard-hitting, you will love your time at City Paper.
Alex Lu | Towson University Digital Strategy | Fall 2013
I am currently interning with the Towson University website. The same webpage that you’re accessing just about every day and the one you looked at when you were deciding whether or not you event wanted to come to this school, that’s what I’m working on for my internship. Initially, I never pictured myself interning for the school’s website, but the position of editorial assistant teaches you a lot. I work with content strategists, communication specialists, department chairs, graphic designers, and photographers on a wide range of projects. Learning to balance time management for multiple projects at once is very important. Communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to learn quickly are also required. This internship is beneficial not just for the experience, but also because it is right on campus, eliminating the need for a commute. Hours are flexible and can be used for course credit. Everyone in the office is very welcoming and willing to connect you with additional work experiences within the internship. I have worked with content strategy and migration projects, assisted with photo and video shoots, and helped with feature stories for website’s front page. Internships are not something to be sought out for pay. Experience and connections are the key to success, and a small stepping stone is the way to go. We all have to start out somewhere, so what better place than a campus-offered resource at the administration building?
Kaitlin Newman | The Baltimore Sun | Fall 2013
This semester I was a photo staff intern at the Baltimore Sun, which in my opinion, is the holy grail of photojournalism internships. I tried for a few semesters to get it, getting told “no” on a regular basis, until one day I got the green light for a meeting. The rest is history. Throughout this internship I photographed amazing things I otherwise wouldn’t have media access to, such as: the Grand Prix, the pirate simulator at the Maritime Institute, the Raven’s vs. Steelers Thanksgiving game, and the Komen Race for a Cure. I was given the full load of a staff photographer, three assignments per day, Friday through Monday, for the whole semester. My ideas were always listened to and, I never once felt like I was wearing the scarlet letter of an intern. I was treated just like one of the staff which helped in getting the sense of how the newsroom and photo department work. I was offered a job as a freelancer for the Sun on the weekends, doing the same type of assignments I did as an intern. I’m glad to be staying and even more glad to be a working photojournalist. This internship threw me into the industry head first from the beginning and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Nicole Salem | Media Two | Fall 2013
If you want to improve your journalistic skills then Today Media Custom Communications is your answer. You’ll be placed in a friendly and welcoming environment alongside professionals with numerous years of experience. My experience has given me a taste of the real world, which I’m sure you want to have. Each day I did something different and it was definitely not that “go get me coffee” kind of internship. Whether it was writing, editing, proofreading, or indexing, it was very rewarding. Today Media Custom Communications edits publications like The Port Baltimore Magazine, The Hunt, and the Ultimate Guide to Westchester. As an Editorial Assistant I had the opportunity to interact with workers in other departments and become a team player. I think this internship will help you in your future journalism classes, too. Get the experience you need outside the classroom.
Matthew Hamilton | ESPN 980 | Spring 2013
My internship at ESPN 980 was, as we youngins call it, the bomb. When I first came in touch with the radio station, I did not know what to think. I wasn’t really into radio at that point, but boy have I fell in love with it. At ESPN 980, I gather all kinds of statistics from every sport imaginable, helping to aid the radio host. I also cut audio files to be played on-air during the shows. In addition, I was sent out into the field to interview players from the Wizards, Capitals, and Orioles. I even got to sit in the press box at Oriole Park and enter the locker room, which was a dream of mine for years. I could go on about all of the experiences I had at ESPN 980, but there simply is not enough space. If you get the same chance I did, don’t think twice about accepting it. In short, ESPN 980 changed my life.
Amy Katz | University of Maryland Medical Center | Spring 2013
Being an Intern at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Office of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs was an exciting experience for me. My responsibilities included making website edits, researching and putting together presentation information, and keeping pages updated. I would recommend students to take Digital Publishing before applying for this internship or at least have some basic knowledge of HTML, including how to input links and bullets. Getting familiar with code will give you a leg up. In addition to website updates there is also the option to shadow graphic designers, videographers/photographers, and social media specialists. At the end of my internship I was offered freelance opportunties, which I gladly accepted.
Sam Iacia | Chesapeake Home + Living magazine | Fall 2012
Working as an editorial intern for Chesapeake Home + Living magazine was my first internship ever, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to get hands-on experience. My general responsibilities included updating the magazine’s social media sites, writing blog posts, presenting ideas to the editors for upcoming issues and researching for stories. The magazine is a publication of the Baltimore Sun Media Group and the editor-in-chief of CH+ L is also a features content manager for the Baltimore Sun. This internship opened a door of opportunities for me. I eventually had printed bylines in the magazine, the Baltimore Sun and on their respective blogs. My dream is to work for a magazine one day, and working at CH+L was the perfect place to learn the basics of the industry. I helped behind-the-scenes on five photo shoots (including a fashion shoot for the Baltimore Sun) and made a lot of great connections during my time there. My best advice for future interns is to work hard and say yes to everything! You never know what you might gain from it. At the end of my internship, I was given the best opportunity of all: my editor asked me to be a freelancer, which I’ll hopefully be doing throughout the spring 2013 semester and possibly after graduation in May. I’m so thankful for all that I’ve done so far, and I’m excited to see what the future holds!
Bailey O’Malia | The Baltimore Sun | Fall 2012
I spent my semester as a features intern at The Baltimore Sun. Throughout the semester I worked closely with the arts and entertainment editors who helped me develop my journalism skills. My daily tasks included updating their Twitter and Facebook pages with the latest stories, creating photo galleries, editing items for their TV Lust blog, adding local events to the website, writing stories for print and online and putting together the weekly newsletter Weekend Watch. Working at the Sun was a great experience in many different aspects, but my favorite part was writing for print. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your story when you open up the morning paper. Thanks to the entertainment editor’s guidance and trust in my work, I was able to write three round ups that were featured on the cover of the Baltimore Sun’s Live section, including a review of haunted houses in the area, the best holiday events in Baltimore and local New Year’s Eve events. I was also given the opportunity to attend fun events, like the Anthony Bourdain Guts or Glory tour. Although my internship further proved that being a journalist requires long hours and lots of hard work, each day offered something new and exciting, and that’s why I loved it! I’m so thankful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to utilizing my new skills as I head into my final semester at Towson University.
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | The Baltimore Sun | Fall 2012
I interned on the Baltimore Sun’s metro desk, which covers Baltimore city and county life. I worked as a reporter, writing mostly briefs. I also wrote stories on a range of topics including non-profits, local and state politics, crime, higher education and other news across the state. My piece about a new point of sale system in Carroll County Public schools and the follow up appeared on Page 1, something I never dreamed I would achieve as an intern. I also gained an understanding of the fast-paced and chaotic nature of the traditional newsroom setting. The connections I formed with the reporters and editorial staff will also assist me in seeking a career. I would recommend any intern foster as many connections as possible. Learn as much as you can about the environment you work in, as well as the nuances and quirks of your editors. This is the key in advancing. Thank you to all those who helped me throughout the semester.
Brittany Leigh | Radio One Baltimore | Summer 2012
I interned at Radio One Baltimore, one of the leading radio stations in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region. I worked as the digital media intern, where I assisted the online content editor with video editing, photography, event coverage and website content. In addition, I kept a spreadsheet on how often each DJ would post to the website. I monitored this for both 92Q.com and MagicBaltimore.com. I had opportunities to shoot studio interviews and artist meets and greets. I also worked closely with my supervisor to learn site analytics. I learned how to monitor the growth of nation-wide post, how to tailor my resume to the positions I seek for a future career in entertainment media and most importantly how to better write for the web. I would advise students seeking an internship in broadcast or new media, work beyond the call of duty. In a place like Radio One, where internships are competitive, it is best to stand out. In my position, the work was not always challenging, but I never turned down an opportunity to show my dedication to my work and never hesitated to share new ideas. Approach your internship as if is your career, network and make a lasting impression.
Daniel Baldwin | The Avenue News | Spring 2012
In the four short months I spent interning at The Avenue News I helped the staff, consisting of one person, to cover news involving all of eastern Baltimore County. During my internship I was able to produce over 30 news clips that appeared both on the Avenue’s weekly paper and website. For the most part I was trusted to be alone to conduct interviews, attend press conferences and events, take photos when necessary, and write news stories. Halfway into my internship I was offered tremendous real world experience. During this time period the company decided to make personnel changes, letting the only editor for the paper go, leaving me by myself for nearly a week and to help the new editor as much as possible during the transition. Overall, it was a wonderful experience to write about my community and to discover parts of my town that I would have never ventured into otherwise. Interning at The Avenue News is a great way to produce dozens of news clips to show to future employers.
Samantha Buckley | Coastal America National Coordinating Office | Spring 2012
- Creating and maintaining all of our social media resources including a Coastal America Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel and CA blog (www.coastalamerica.wordpress.com)
- Updating the CA website, www.coastalamerica.gov and expanding CA’s web presence.
- Writing and editing original content for newsletters, videos and various publications including layout design
- Corresponding with CA partners to promote outreach and participation among the partnership
- Providing assistance during special events and partnership activities
Coastal America encompasses partnership efforts among many federal agencies, corporate America and the public. Through my work, I was able to grasp a better understanding of how government jobs work and how to write within specific guidelines and parameters while still appealing to and informing my audience. This was a great networking opportunity and learning experience because I was able to interface with many different organizations and get a taste of how each one worked. Since we are an environmentally geared program, I also developed a better understanding of the issues concerning our ocean and coasts and how effective creative social media can be in educating the public.
I would advise students who are doing internships to ask lots of questions, do plenty of research and make lists! In my position, I had many deadlines and responsibilities and a key role in my success was my ability to stay organized. Approach your internship as a learning opportunity and make sure you take as much knowledge and potential contacts away from it as you can.
Kaitlin Newman | Edwin Remsberg Photographs | Spring 2012
I have always had a passion for photojournalism but never had any outlet for it since the number of classes on the subject is very limited, there weren’t very many resources for me to turn to as a serious photojournalist. That changed this past spring semester when I was given the opportunity to intern with photojournalist Edwin Remsberg. I went on several shoots and I learned so much about different traditions and cultures and was able to meet so many interesting people. I photographed a muskrat skinning competition, a seaglass collecting club and a famous quilter named MiMi just to name a few. I also learned how to turn my passion for photojournalism into an actual business and way of life, something I had no idea how to do before undertaking this internship. By the end of it I even obtained a client of my own that I am continuing to work with! I’m very thankful that I was given the opportunity to learn from someone so talented and experienced in the field, I don’t think I could have aimed for any higher of a teacher. I plan on pursing photojournalism with even greater drive this summer and next fall semester!
Adam Salk | MotorWeek | Fall 2011
I have been interning for the automotive television show MotorWeek since the summer of 2011. My time spent at Maryland Public Television’s longest running show has been a dream come true. If you are passionate about automotive journalism, MotorWeek can give you real experience in the field. I have improved my broadcast writing, learned television production (on and off a set), and of course driven some amazing cars. Check out my blog which highlights everything from writing, photography, and my on camera appearances.
Olivia Obineme | Baltimore Magazine | Fall 2011
Three years ago, I would have never thought I would be a marketing intern. But, overtime the media industry has changed and the way we receive information has definitely changed. In the past I think so many have overlooked the advantages of good marketing for a newspaper or magazine. Now that online media has emerged as the way most of us receive our information, good marketing has become much more prevalent in media. Over the summer, I applied for an editorial internship at Baltimore magazine, only to find out all of the positions were filled. But when I was asked if I had any interest in joining the marketing team, I said ‘why not?’ Given the responsibility to manage the magazine’s social media, I was able to see first-hand how social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter impact readership. People don’t just want to read magazines or watch news packages, but they also want to know who’s behind the stories and videos –and it’s through the social networks, writers, reporters and photographers can connect with their readers. Aside from the social media, I was still able to put my video skills in use and I shot, edited and produced online videos for the magazine. So, if there’s any advice I can give, it’s keep an open mind to all the things journalism can offer. There is a lot more to it than having a byline.
Daniel Ciarrocchi | Bleacher Report | Fall 2011
Writing for Bleacher Report was rewarding not only because it combined my loves of writing and sports, but provided me with valuable experience for a constantly evolving field. In addition to writing five to six articles per week, I was in regular contact with five editors who helped me improve my content, style, online media creation and search engine optimization. Once the internship ended, I had over 50 articles and 90,000 hits to my credit. Writing everyday and being in constant contact with my editors and other interns for feedback is what made this internship truly worthwhile, and is a lesson I can carry with me to my future endeavors.
Tyler Green | Baltimore Magazine | Fall 2011
As an editorial intern for Baltimore Magazine this past summer and fall, I wrote pieces for the Charm City Chatter, It list, and calendar columns, as well as spent numerous hours fact checking stories for various pieces in the magazine. I learned the value of patience and persistence when trying to contact a source to verify information, and how truly important fact checking is to the entire journalism industry. It was during this internship with Baltimore, that I learned so much about the city that I had never known before. Whether it was new neighborhoods I had previously never explored, the exposure to Baltimore’s emerging food truck scene, it helped to make me feel more comfortable about where I was going and how to get around. The internship opened my eyes to how thrilling working in the city can in fact be. For future interns, I offer this one piece of advice. Go in with an open mind, and the city will open itself back up to you. Whatever judgments or thoughts you may have previously had about the city, ignore them. Let Baltimore show you what it has to offer, and find out for yourself why it has earned itself the name of Charm City.
Daniel Rodgers | The Baltimore Sun | Fall 2011
The Baltimore Sun gave me a real-world experience during my internship. My hours were from 4:30 in the afternoon until past midnight. Even though it was brutal because I had never worked anything similar, I really felt bad for the staff that worked those hours five or more days per week. I was given the opportunity to get involved with the editing and writing aspects of the newspaper and both proved to be valuable experiences. My first internship had less to do with what I actually wanted to get involved with, so my time at the Sun really taught me a lot. The most important piece of advice I can give is that while searching for an internship, make sure that the duties you will be required to perform reflect what it is you’re looking to do once you graduate and look for a job.
Christopher Peifer | Fox Business Network | Fall 2011
My experience at the Fox Business Network was very rewarding. From September to December I had the privilege of working alongside of some of the best and brightest in the broadcast news industry. In addition I had the chance to meet some of the people we read about everyday. I met senators, congressman, former governors, and ex-presidential candidates among others. I got to assist producers and reporters in the field. Furthermore I listened, logged, and transcribed press briefings, congressional hearings and interviews to pick out newsworthy sound bites for news broadcasts. From a technical side I had the chance to meet and greet on air guests and prepare them for broadcast. Overall my experience with Fox was educational and remarkable. It was absolutely worth traveling to Washington D.C. two times a week. If you are a Mass Communications student and are looking for a challenge and desire to learn from the best, then you should look to the Fox Network to start your career.
Matt Markowitz| 60 Minutes | Spring 2011
I completed in-depth research projects for stories that take place in countries around the world while interning for 60 Minutes this semester. I experienced all production phases of the broadcast from developing story ideas to researching characters and locations to interviewing sources to editing print and video. Highlights of the internship include one week of working at the CBS New York bureau and working behind the scenes of a town hall with President Obama at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to work with several professional journalists including producers, editors, photographers, and correspondents. Journalism students who are self-starters and enjoy both magazine writing and broadcasting should consider applying for an internship with 60 Minutes.
Matt Winter | MASN | Spring 2011
In my time with MASNsports.com, I learned a good bit about the multimedia world in general. During my time there I had the opportunity to write about the Ravens, film and edit video blogs, be an assistant editor and hold a major league credential for two different teams. Not only did my time there add to my multimedia skill set, it also allowed me to build up my contact list with professionals in two different professional sports. This coincides with the advice I give to future interns: Work your tail off, never say no to anything your employer asks of you, and make as many friends and future contacts as you can. Trust me, it will help come time to find that elusive grown-up job.
Kelly McClain | Gay Life | Spring 2011
I have become more acquainted with the inner workings of a newspaper and the gay community in Baltimore this semester. Upon transferring to this major, I did not want to be a journalist (only an author of books) especially for a daily newspaper, but I found interning for a bi-weekly paper convinced me that writing timely news can be manageable. I interned at Gay Life, produced and published by the non-profit Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. By assisting the managing editor, I learned everything from creating an editorial calendar, to assigning stories to the volunteer writers, to constructing the layout. I was also assigned to write articles for every issue with varying word counts (250-1,500), as well as provide photos. I designed ads for the paper that appeared in almost every issue. I plan to continue volunteering for the paper by either writing articles and/or producing ads.
Peter DiLutis | Fox 1370 | Spring 2011
This semester, I again worked for Fox 1370 sports radio in Baltimore, specifically Jerry Coleman. I covered sporting events, most notably the Miami Heat, arguably the most famous team in the NBA right now, and most of the Orioles games since the season started. I also continued writing my blog on the show’s page titled “Pete’s Perspective” and that has helped me get a spot in the “blogger hour” on from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. every Friday on Fox 1370 AM. I hope to be in the sports journalism industry as I head into my career. Working with Jerry has allowed me to learn so much about different parts of the job. I have had the opportunity to cover every sports team in the area, do interviews, cover the games, edit sounds, shoot and edit video, book guests for the show, administer a website, talk on the radio for an hour at a time, and much more. I think back to where I was last year at this time, and there is absolutely no comparison with regards to my knowledge and acumen in the profession from then until now. Jerry Coleman has helped me immensely as I move forward in my career, and I would recommend anyone looking to get into the business to get in touch with him to see if he could help.
Alissa Katz | emcblue.com | Spring 2011
My internship experience at emcblue.com granted me a lot of journalism firsts. I’d never solely written for an online publication, so communication was a lot different than the usual face-to-face interviewing and speaking to editors. I thought this was important since this will eventually be the future of the industry. I also got to write out of my usual comfort zone. I’ve been writing news stories for more than six years, and this internship provided me with an opportunity to practice writing in a more feature-esque style for a blogging website. At first it took a while to get used to, but with an editor’s encouragement and helpful tips, it turned out to be a lot of fun. It’s a great beginner internship for journalism students who want to start compiling pieces using different outlets. Most blog posts I wrote were attributed to different websites, not direct sources. So, it’s a great way to learn how to attribute different places before being introduced to the world of direct interviewing.
Colin Stevens | Midday with Dan Rodricks | Fall 2010
My internship at WYPR on the Dan Rodricks show was a great experience. Heading into the internship, I had never worked with a radio station and really didn’t know what to expect. What I found out was that it takes a lot more than a host simply sitting down in front of a microphone and rambling about whatever comes to his or her mind. It takes a team to put the shows together, and the producers are just as important as the host. Producers write a lot of the scripts and put a lot of thought into the direction of the show and what topics will be discussed. As a sports journalist, working on this show was definitely different for me. But I think no matter what the topic is, radio will still work the same way and I can put everything I learned in the internship to good use.
For nearly four months, I was a Baltimore Sun reporter and it could not have been a more worthwhile experience. During my time at The Sun I covered the 10th annual Under Armour Baltimore Marathon, University of Maryland men’s basketball and other live events on top of writing numerous athlete profiles. The Sun’s outstanding team of editors helped me become a better, more concise writer and it was a pleasure to learn and absorb their feedback. Bottom line, students will get as much out of their internship as they put into it. I made my work for The Sun a priority and feel I greatly benefited from that decision. Having a steady Baltimore Sun byline was not only a dream come true, it gave me the experience and name recognition I needed to find work in the journalism industry. Time of my life.
Colin Stevens | The Baltimore Sun | Summer 2010
Taking part in an internship is an experience every student should take advantage of. After interning with the Baltimore Sun, I feel like I’m in the right field. I am certain I enjoy writing, but more the reporting aspect. I wrote several features, covered a few games, worked with the websites and even visited Ravens training camp. For future interns – don’t be afraid to ask questions. People will be helpful if you show interest in what you’re doing. There are lots of little things to learn and they know you want to improve, so soak up any information they have. And everyone has a ton of knowledge. Also, try new things. If there’s something you haven’t done before, take the opportunity to learn about it. It will only help you in the future.
David I. Stokes | Media Two | Spring 2010
Melissa Hale | New media intern | The Baltimore Sun | Summer 2009
Matt Markowitz | Fox 45 News | Summer 2009
Internships are the experience that all journalism students need to have an edge after they graduate and enter the job market. Try to apply to your first internship as early in your college career as possible because only one most likely will not encompass everything you need to know before choosing your career path. Every student is doing a little soul searching during these tough years, and an internship can tell you whether you’re on the right path or not. Take me, for instance. I love making television, but I am also interested in new media. A local television station is not going to provide education about web journalism. In the classroom, we hear about convergence like it already happened, but in the real world it is happening at different rates for different businesses. Possessing an array of skills for all media platforms will widen the path for your career.
Nicholas Collard | New media intern | ABC2 WMAR | Fall 2007
This internship was an amazing experience. In 160 hours I learned more about the professional world than I had in four and a half years. The staff members were pleased to have me helping out in the office and in return they were very eager to teach me the things I needed to learn. I made great references, amassed a great wealth of knowledge, gained the confidence I needed to further my professional endeavors, and had a great time while doing it all. The only bad part about the whole thing was that I had to leave it so soon. There really is nothing negative that I can say about the entire internship with ABC2 WMAR: there’s definitely room for improvement on the site, but that’s hardly a drawback so much as it is a challenge. Being aware of that challenge gives me ideas to take with me into future jobs that need help expanding their web audience.