How did you find your internship or full-time position?
Professor Scully told our class about the opportunity so I sent my clips, cover letter and resume to him and he forwarded them to the Daily News. He knew someone that worked there so that is how they formed the relationship with Roger Williams.
What were some of your daily job duties?
At 7 a.m. I would call Morning Assignment Editor Jill Coffey. Something so simple and exciting was simultaneously terrifying and nerve-wracking. It did not matter what day of the week it was. It did not matter if it was going to rain or peak in the upper 90’s. I could be sent to any of the New York City boroughs. It did not matter if the subway ride there would take over an hour. It did not matter if I was relieving the night shift reporter or heading to a stakeout. I smiled and nodded until I was alone and could get a grip on the huge maze I was challenged to tackle. I was a runner. I interviewed everyone and anyone that I could and then I would report back to the desk with colorful and accurate quotes.
What did you like most about your position?
Death, murder, dead bodies, graduations, produce markets, lying politicians; Those are only a few things I encountered. I should’ve worn a GoPro camera on my head because words legitimately are not enough to explain this experience. It’s unfortunate. What I did, saw and learned cannot be taught in a classroom. I can tell stories, just like my professors share stories, but it is not a reality until you are in it for yourself. Simultaneously, I would not have survived my internship without everything I have learned in the classroom thus far. For my final blog post, I wrote, “I’m a different person after this experience. For the better? I hope. I may be a little desensitized, but I know for a fact I am a better, more confident, more tenacious reporter and journalist.” As I work through my senior year, I am definitely a different person. A reporter friend from the online news source DNAinfo, Trevor Kapp, told me that I got to see a world not many people do. He was right. Yes, I was in a very large, densely populated city covering public events, but I saw everything behind the scenes. I became a part of the events. I was on the streets. I spoke with the victims. I saw the blood. I don’t know where I would be now, or where I would have been then, if I had not gotten this internship, but I have never been more certain of anything in my life when I say that am, and always will be, a journalist.
Did anything surprise you about the interviewing process or how you located your position?
No. I was lucky to so easily hear about the opportunity and my phone interview was simple.
Reflecting on your overall experience, what activities /experiences were helpful in providing some direction about your future career path and goals?
I learned that I can be placed in almost any type of situation and figure it out. I will make mistakes and it won’t always be easy, but I can handle myself pretty well, and I’m proud of that. I’ve learned to write really fast and listen extremely closely. I’ve learned to defend myself. I’ve learned to always get the person’s name, age, where they live and their phone number. I’ve learned that sometimes it is okay to tell a little white lie if it helps get the job done. I learned that you can find out a lot of information, or a little, depending on how you approach someone and how you word the question. So, who knows where I’ll end up in the future, but I will never stop trying my hardest, surviving and hopefully succeeding.
Do you have any tips for other students that are considering an internship or seeking full-time employment?
My advice to aspiring journalists or any intern out there: DON’T give up. Don’t get discouraged. Most importantly, don’t forget who you are and where your heart is in this mess we call the “real world.”