Tag: Internships

Interviewing Journalist Carol Marin

Interviewing Journalist Carol Marin

For my internship this week I was asked to profile the commencement speaker for the SoC graduation, Carol Marin. Marin is a local print and broadcast journalist.

Marin is a political columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, a political editor at NBC5 and a contributor at WTTW’s  “Chicago Tonight.” Yeah, she is pretty legit.

She invited me to NBC studios right off Michigan Ave. for the interview and I got to sit in on a political meeting, met a number of important people,and saw some of the background operations.

The interview went well, and despite being a little nervous, she complimented me on my preparedness!  Though my internship has allowed me to meet some really great people around campus, this was my “big story,” and I’m very excited to add it to my portfolio!

I’ll be sure to share the article once it is up on the SoC website.

End of Semester Successes

End of Semester Successes

Yesterday was my final day of classes for this semester.  The feeling is always bittersweet.  I thoroughly enjoy attending lectures and even doing homework!  You would be surprised how incredibly boring breaks can be when you suddenly have no pending papers, homework or other tedious tasks that always seem to take up the day.  Regardless, I feel I have achieved a few notable successes for the semester.

First, in a post submitted earlier this semester, I shared my internship hunting adventures and also gave insights into some of the great resources Loyola provides to help with obtaining an internship or employment.  After interviewing at a couple of places, I have now secured a position as a reporter here at Loyola’s School of Communication!  Another great aspect: it’s paid, which I feel is nearly unheard of these days.  But this is also ironic because I will be paid AND earn credit at the same time.

Secondly, I have set myself up for some pretty great grades.  It always pays off when you don’t have to stress about finals when you’ve worked hard and receive consistent good grades for the semester.  Hitting up the IC, Corboy library, and the Terry Student Center are great study places, and time there is time well spent.  The finals aren’t looking too difficult either.  I have 3 tests and one news package for my journalism practicum.  This has been a fun project, as its a group video and we decided to do our story about holiday shopping.  So far we’ve only done some “man of street” interviews, but we’ve gotten some great shots of shoppers and the holiday decor.

So here it is Friday night the week before finals, and my dorm is filled with friends coloring, hot chocolate, and Serendipity playing in the background.  (Interesting fact, Hannah Colborn, fellow blogger, is also my roommate! So she invited her friends, and I have the bestie here for some Friday night fun.)

While I haven’t made it past finals, I would say this semester has been a success!

Internship Hunting

Internship Hunting

As part of the journalism curriculum, students must obtain an internship to practice the various reporting skills obtained in the classroom.  As procrastination and I are very good friends, I am now well into my senior year and scrambling to find a sweet internship for the upcoming semester so that I can graduate on time!

The process seemed a bit daunting at first as it requires resume writing, cover letters and writing samples.  Writing samples I had on hand from my coursework, but my resume was very much out of date and I had no cover letter.  I cannot excuse my behavior as Loyola consistently offers resume and cover letter workshops, and often times, professors are more than happy to edit these sorts of documents.  The Career Development Center is a great resource if you need help with writing or revision.  (Word to the wise—Start your resume now!  Add experiences as you gain them, and by the time you graduate, you won’t be hard pressed to remember dates and details of your experiences!)

As I began the quest in search of the perfect internship, I first checked the School of Communication’s internship database, which has postings from most all news organizations in Chicago.  Next, I went to Loyola’s RamblerLink, a very nifty site that has job and internship postings, AND lets you load your resume, cover letters, and writing samples so that you can just pick what organization you want to apply for and send in all your documents, without the hassle of loading them over and over again for each separate application.  RamblerLink is also a great resource to find part-time jobs, work-study jobs and full-time jobs after you graduate.

So now that I’ve settled on a few places, it’s just a matter of hearing back!