Andrew Monson: WSB-TV
JRNL major Andrew Monson interned with WSB-TV.
Describe your internship. Where were you and what did you do?
My internship was in Atlanta as a production intern with WSB-TV, the city's ABC affiliate station. My main duties included helping shoot in-studio for local programs, filming and lighting commercial shoots for clients, editing packages for shows like Bulldogs GameWeek and staffing large live events for the station. I got to do something different almost every day and learn from some of the top professionals in the TV business.
How did you develop this internship? What advice do you have for others?
Mark Winne, an investigative reporter at WSB and an Auburn alum, came to speak to my journalism class. I talked to him after class about any internship opportunities, and he urged me to apply at WSB. After the application process and an interview with the production department, they chose me as one of their summer interns. My advice to other students looking for an internship is to take advantage of meeting people face-to-face. If someone from an organization that interests you is on campus, whether it's a career fair or just a speaking engagement, make the effort to meet them and talk to them about their experiences and what your goals are. Most of the time, they will be more than willing to help a student who shows that they care.
What are the most important things you learned during the internship—both inside the office and out?
Take initiative and always try to learn more. Many interns will be shy and only do specifically what they are instructed, but asking questions and showing you want to learn and do as much as possible helps you stand out among others, and then your work will stand out as well. Showing your bosses that you aren't just a regular student going through the motions of an internship and that you can be depended on can go a long way during and after your internship.
What advice do you have for interns during the internship experience?
An internship is all about experience and learning. When you leave your internship, you want more than just something to put on your resume. Being able to show the skills you learned during your time in a professional environment shows that you are a smart and capable employee. That will help you get a job more than the couple of lines on your resume.
Last Updated: July 26, 2018