Recently I was asked to share tips as part of a panel at Carleton University for journalism students looking to be interns at a newsroom near you.
I’ve interviewed prospective interns, I’ve managed interns… and I’ve been an intern in TV news, at a national women’s magazine, and in online news. (Full disclosure: Most of these were paid. The magazine, however, was not – but they took me out for a nice lunch at the end of the internship.)
I’ve made some mistakes as an intern, witnessed some mistakes, so I have a few lessons to share. And heck, I’m just so impressed by the students I see in school these days I couldn’t say no.
The students gave us a list of questions they wanted to see addressed. I don’t want to suggest for a minute that any of these ‘brilliant’ thoughts are trademarked, so I thought I’d post some of my key points here too: