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3.9 of 5 stars

The inside scoop of 60 Minutes, what makes your news tick.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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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3.9 of 5 stars

Interns See Cool Things.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

working with producers, learning from broadcast associates, cookies on Fridays.


Downers

commuting


Advice to Potential Interns

Always be willing to help out with anything, nothing is beneath you.


Would You Recommend

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3.9 of 5 stars

An internship so great that I wanted to wake up at 3:00 am to get to the office because everyone I worked with was so awesome.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Accessiblity to amazing resources and everyone at CBS was so willing to share advice and spend time talking to you.


Downers

I did not like all the logging and transcribing interviews. But it needs to be done.


Advice to Potential Interns

They want people who can get the tasks done in a timely fashion and not screw them up - because they are simple tasks and they want to be able to rely on us to get stuff done and then they will continue giving you tasks.


Advice to Management

I think more socioeconomic diversity would be useful. Another opportunity to sit with the higher-ups, the senior producers, would have been good.


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4.0 of 5 stars

Priceless behind the scenes experience at one of the top-rated news programs in the country.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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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4.1 of 5 stars

Experience broadcast journalism to the fullest
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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.


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3.8 of 5 stars

An Eye Opening Experience
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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


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3.8 of 5 stars

This internship was very rewarding.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Welcoming people, interactive work


Downers

It was difficult to get work when there were more interns in our department than there was work for


Advice to Potential Interns

Put your self out there and try and talk to people on a personal level


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3.6 of 5 stars

Extremely steep learning curve and you can decide how much and how fast you learn by how much you want to put into the internship.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I loved the environment of the department I was in. The culture was amazing and the people were extremely friendly and funny.


Downers

There wasn't that much to do at times.


Advice to Potential Interns

That the people here are genuinely good people and want you to succeed.


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3.6 of 5 stars

A realistic look into Journalism
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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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3.3 of 5 stars

I learned what true journalism is.
New York, NY | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


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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