The week-long intern project was an incredible experience--nothing teaches how to put a story together for air better than actually having to go out there and do it. Having the opportunity to learn, shadow and work with incredibly talented producers, editors and other staffers was also invaluable. To be able to tap into their past experiences was very informative and painted a clear picture of what it took to be successful in the industry. Finally, the weekly seminars with top CBS executives, producers and on-air talent were unique experiences that I doubt many internship programs can top.
Although it's obvious and expected, the pay wasn't great. This internship confirmed that you don't get into journalism for the money...This second con probably applies to all internships: since we're only there for a such a relatively short period, there's only so much work we can be assigned and so much we can contribute. But internships are first and foremost a learning experience.
Advice to Potential Interns
Make sure you're comfortable with reaching out to people and asking for work, if you can sit in on a meeting, shadow, etc. Your supervisors won't always be on top of you with assignments. Reach out and grab them yourself.
Sample Interview Questions
Do you know a lot about a little or a little about a lot?
Advice to Management
Create a more structured timeline for promotions.