CBS News Intern Program Internship

3.9 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (95 Intern Reviews)

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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Intern Loves It


Uppers

Meeting all the great people


Downers

Not paid by the hour


Advice to Potential Interns

It's a great work environment


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Priceless behind the scenes experience at one of the top-rated news programs in the country.


Uppers

The internship program itself is fantastic. I got to hear people from all sides of the business speak, not just my department, and have learned an incredible amount in a short period of time. I definitely have a much better understanding of what it's like to work in the news and what would be expected of me in the future, particularly as I begin searching for a job in a few months. CBS is truly such an exciting place to work, and I was constantly inspired by everyone's journalistic integrity and their determination to get to where they are now and to get the most original stories possible.


Downers

Obviously July is a bit of a quiet month over at 60 Minutes. I couldn't have been happier to be at 60 Minutes because it is far and away my favorite news program on CBS, however I found it harder to make connections with everyone who works here (with the exception of a small number of people who I was reporting to throughout July) because the office was often empty.


Advice to Potential Interns

CBS is a wonderful place to be employed. Everyone here demands a lot, but that is because the standards are high and this only makes you work harder to put forward your best self and your best work. I have heard often here that there is little sugarcoating around issues; if someone doesn't like something you worked on, they will tell you. That might not be the environment for everyone, but I have found that it leads to the high quality of journalism CBS is known for.


Advice to Management

I can't think of much the organization can do better regarding these issues- the stipend was unexpected and a nice surprise!


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Yes


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4.1 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Experience broadcast journalism to the fullest


Uppers

The best aspects are the intern events, the intern project, and getting hands-on experience alongside some of the best in the industry.


Downers

I disliked how quiet it was during July.


Advice to Potential Interns

Work hard and offer help to everyone.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

An Eye Opening Experience


Uppers

The intern project was the best part of the program


Downers

My department was extremely slow in the summer- wasnt something that could be changed


Advice to Potential Interns

Cbsnews is an exciting, competitive place to work


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

The inside scoop of 60 Minutes, what makes your news tick.


Uppers

Interacting with amazing mentors, being really involved in team discussions, having a voice, being encouraged to pitch original stories, having the opportunity to produce an original piece, various planned intern events/speaks, comaraderie, making an impact - not just doing clerical work.


Downers

In July most of 60 Minutes employees are away so it's a lot of solo work.


Advice to Potential Interns

Definitely get involved and reach out to people. Everyone is very willing to help but they are also busy with their own projects. If you make it known that you are there and willing to help, they will be great mentors.


Advice to Management

Paid internship would be great, but the experience is worth it regardless.


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Yes


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3.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Opportunity to observe medical broadcasting from a major network


Uppers

Going on shoots and watching how news packages are made


Downers

A lot of down time


Advice to Potential Interns

It's great for a resume but there will be a lot of down time. You will get to see how some of the best broadcasters work, but you need to take the initiative.


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3.3 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

I learned what true journalism is.


Uppers

Being surrounded by the most amazing people in this industry. Having opportunities to pick their brains and work with them directly. Learning how to truly research and dig into a story and find elements that others wouldn't. See the process of producers as they take news stories and make them understandable and applicable to the entire public.


Downers

Very little oversight in my department. Other interns were either amazing or awful. It was fairly obvious who got here through connections vs. talent/hard work. While I personally don't think pay is required, there is frustration knowing that the interns working at NBC/ABC are getting paid for very similar work to what we are performing. Summer Interns at "60 Minutes" should get two- three weeks as a group in July to put together a 60 minutes style/quality piece. They would have enough time to put something together while still working on other topics/research etc...


Advice to Potential Interns

Be overly friendly to everyone-spend less time getting to know the other interns right off the bat and more time getting to know the employees. Act like you would want an intern working for you to act. Don't wait for people to ask you to do things. Step up and figure out what can be done.


Advice to Management

Allow interns the opportunity to have crossover into other areas if they want it. Applying for one area at CBS was the hardest thing I have ever done and I feel like different areas might benefit different people more/less. That being said...keep up the fantastic program. It is well-organized, super educational and motivated me every day. Thank you.


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3.6 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

A realistic look into Journalism


Uppers

I got to get a wealth of knowledge and experience


Downers

I would have liked the opportunity to preview other departments.


Advice to Potential Interns

Take advantage of all the time you have .


Advice to Management

Better compensation .


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Yes


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3.6 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

CBS News, A leading internship in opportunity and experience!


Uppers

- Weekly workshops with guest speakers. - Summer events coordinated by our internship coordinator - Making friends with fellow interns


Downers

- The lack of work in my department - The length (I wish it was a week longer) - The amount of interns


Advice to Potential Interns

CBS News offers great opportunity and experience for up and coming students in all areas of the work place. It is your job to make yourself stand out and be noticed, for good reason, not bad ones.


Advice to Management

I would advise to not bring on so many interns (70). Seventy interns is a lot. If there were less interns, there would be more work and more opportunity for all of them to get to know each other.


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3.6 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Gaining real, hands-on experience with news publicity.


Uppers

The willingness of the publicists to give me projects and things to do and to help them with. Being trusted to complete tasks on my own, even pitching a story to radio stations.


Downers

Most of the tasks were able to be completed during the first half of the day, so there was not much to do during the second half.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be knowledgeable about the executive staff at CBS News (president, chairman, executive producers, talent). Be up-to-date with world and national news.


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