Week Thirteen of my Remote Internship
I can’t believe this internship is over. It went by so slow, yet so fast at the same time. But overall, I am so glad I got this opportunity! (even though this week almost killed me)
Last Saturday I went back to school, so I had to do my last week in my dorm room. While being in isolation for three days, I got so much work done. But I was pushed to my limits when I had to be a full time intern and RA at the same time.
Monday morning I woke up to an urgent message from my boss asking to call. Apparently, one of my fellow interns did not do a great job with their final video project and he asked if I could do her project for her. I had a month to complete my two video projects; I don’t know how I could complete another video in a week.
I also had to revise nearly everything in my freelance piece. I thought my article was great, however my boss from the National Journalism Center disagreed. However, I am so happy I took the time to rewrite my piece; it's SO much better and I think I have a shot of actually selling my article to a real publication.
Starting on Wednesday, I began working at 7 AM for my RA duties and tried to complete my internship every chance I got. My days became extremely long because I would do my RA assignments all day and my intern assignments all night.
On top of my internship work, my NJC boss asked me to edit 21 different songs together as walk out music for our virtual graduation. I edited this mash up in between moving residents in. Just in case you’re wondering, no I did not sleep much this week.
My hard work definitely paid off during my exit interview on Thursday. I received a 10/10 rating from my boss from Radio America. According to my NJC boss, it’s a rarity to be scored that high. My mood drastically went up after receiving lots of praise, and an offer to do a remote internship with another news company this fall. I am very happy with my performance and I really gave it my all! Now the NJC wants more students from Juniata to come apply for their program next year.
After sitting through another news seminar, I graduated virtually on Friday. Honestly, I’m beyond thankful I had an internship during a pandemic. And even more thankful it was with Radio America and the National Journalism Center. I’ve never felt so challenged in my writing and journalism skills and I have learned more about news this summer than I have in the past 2 years at college. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who wants a career in news!