By Colin Boyle
Colin is a junior in the Medill School of Journalism majoring in Journalism and minoring in Spanish language.
Describe your summer internship.
I spent the summer working as a photo intern at the Chicago Sun-Times. My responsibilities included photographing, creating video stories and doing reporting while covering various events from protests to press conferences to breaking news.
Explain how you learned about the opportunity. What resources were especially helpful in your internship search?
I had begun to apply for internships across the country, looking specifically for jobs that fit my field of work: photojournalism. I found the application for the Chicago Sun-Times on their website, applied and reached out to their photo editor with my application. I also spent a lot of time working with my NCA adviser and speaking with Medill faculty about my internship options and that aided in my search tremendously.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
This internship lead me to countless incredible experiences reporting and documenting my hometown: Chicago. That being said, what I enjoyed the most about my experience with the Sun-Times: the feeling of responsibility and trust in me to report on such big issues and events in Chicago such as protests, breaking news and other important events that define day-to-day life in such an incredible and dynamic city.
What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?
This internship taught me the power of what trust can do for your work ethic. I have never had such a positive experience at a job where so much trust is placed in me that I can just go out on an assignment and come back three hours later with a fully written story, a photo gallery and a video for the story all at the same time. The trust that my editors had in me at the Sun-Times really pushed me to put my 110% into everything that I did, and I know I will take this work ethic with me wherever I end up next.
What advice do you have for students pursuing internships that will help them be most successful?
Keep trying and spread your options out. I applied to multiple internships and had a rough go around at first, but one shouldn’t let that bring them down. In fact, you just have to keep on trying because you are applying for an internship for a reason: because you are driven to do so. And with that drive, you will find an internship that works best for you!