+ Meeting my childhood favorite reporter!
+ Working with expensive camera equipment to create a story for evaluation by the company's executives (how cool)! Their time, insight and advice was invaluable
+ Lectures from talented journalists throughout the company who have varying roles/contribution toward news coverage
+ Observing the reporting process from internal email chains, in which great reporters like John ****, Nancy Cordes,, etc. participated
I experienced serious flaws in the pay system. My direct deposit didn't work until the penultimate week of the internship. While I ultimately got my paychecks, no one in HR returned my calls or emails. No intern received their compensation until a month into the program, which is a delay I've never seen working for any company. Fortunately, I had a scholarship to cover living in New York this summer, but if it were any other student, he/she might not have been able to make rent.
Advice to Potential Interns
CBS News is an extremely ethical and diverse news organization! Never have I worked in such a professional environment with such motivated employees. This intern program is extremely organized, with lectures from CBS staff, fun outdoor events (like kickball), and very clear work expectations. My hours were never terribly crazy, and the corporation offered overtime!
Advice to Management
Definitely improve issues surrounding payroll and direct deposit, which was pretty frustrating. Also, I would recommend sending out the intern assignments all at once instead of sporadically, over about a week. This was disheartening to some, who perceived a delay in selection as an indication that they were unpopular among the departments.
Sample Interview Questions
- What are your interests in journalism?
- What is your involvement with journalism in school?
- What are your future goals?
- Who is your favorite reporter?
- What time does the Evening News air?
- Who hosts the Evening News?
- Who hosts CBS This Morning?
- Who hosts Sunday Morning?
- What times does 60 Minutes air?