By Lucia Boyd
Lucia is a sophomore in the School of Communication majoring in theatre.
Describe your summer internship.
I interned at KTAL NBC-6 News. I was a reporter intern, and I went out on stories with reporters to help conduct interviews and shoot film. I helped edit the film on computer software and also wrote web stories and news anchor scripts. Occasionally, I put together my own stories and they aired on live television.
Explain how you learned about the opportunity. What resources were especially helpful in your internship search?
I learned about the opportunity because KTAL NBC-6 News is located in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. I had already made contacts at this news station through my work in high school, so I utilized that network to get this internship.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
I most enjoyed going on mini adventures everyday and meeting people all throughout my community. Even though I grew up in Shreveport, I felt like I was exposed to so many more people in my area that I never would have encountered before. The friendliness of the people at the news station and the people in Shreveport is really what made this internship special.
What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?
Before this internship, I was interested in journalism, television, and entertainment, however, I did not really understand the significance of local tv news. My biggest takeaway is the slogan of KTAL, “Community Matters,” because I have learned that local stories affect humans just as much as national ones, and that the passions of local people should be shared and bring a community together.
What advice do you have for students pursuing internships that will help them be most successful?
My advice is to think outside of the box! You never know what opportunities there are, even in your own town. Don’t be afraid to go ahead and score an internship after your freshman year of college and utilize the resources you had from high school.