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Park Scholars get real world experience through summer internships

          While summer is a time for most students to relax and soak up some sunshine, many Park Scholars used their vacation time to learn outside of the classroom. From the newsrooms of Democracy Now! to the local offices of the American Red Cross offices in Pennsylvania, scholars had the experience to intern at a variety of companies and organizations. We had the chance to catch up with four Park Scholars to find out about their experiences.

 

Libby Sile, Class of 2011, Journalism and Politics major

            “My internship was at Reader's Digest in Pleasantville, N.Y. outside of New York City. I got the internship through the American Society of Magazine Editors Internship program, a national program that places college juniors in internships at magazines in New York and Washington DC. My favorite assignment was working on Janice Lieberman's column, "Here's the Deal." After interning at several newspapers where I had prominent stories, it was weird to not be writing. But in magazines, getting contribution tags and writing side bars is a big deal for an intern. I met great people, worked at a great magazine and gained absolutely invaluable journalism and professional experience. I would definitely do this internship again and would love to work for Reader's Digest or a magazine when I graduate.”

 

Qina Liu, Class of 2013, Journalism major

            “[After applying to Your News Now in Buffalo, NY], I heard back from them right away. And because of their union policies, I was able to hold the cameras and tape stand ups for reports. I could use the technology and do so many things I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was at a local station back home. I got to shadow different reporters and it was so rewarding to learn their different techniques. It’s just so interesting to see how other people did it. I was absolutely excited to come back to ICTV’s Newswatch 16 and try out the techniques I had picked up. Whatever internship you try out for, it’s really what you make of it. I didn’t have to spend all those extra hours there—I could’ve left. But if I didn’t commit as much, I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did.”

 

Elizabeth Stoltz, Class of 2013, Integrated Marketing Communication major

“I interned at the York-Adams Chapter of the American Red Cross from the beginning of June to the end of July. Last year I became interested in the Red Cross after winning the American Red Cross Youth Good Samaritan Award.  I was responsible for promoting and marketing Red Cross chapter programs and services. I helped publicize initiatives, relief efforts, programming, and special events. I haven't been in a class yet that is focused specifically on nonprofit communications, but I gained a wealth of experience geared specifically to fundraising for a humanitarian organization. In the future, I'd like to work for a nonprofit that works internationally, as all of my involvements were geared specifically for local outreach and disaster relief efforts.”

 

Zachary Tomanelli, Class of 2011, Journalism major

            “I interned at two places in New York City this summer: Democracy Now! and Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) through the Park Center for Independent Media. At Democracy Now!, I was in the archives department. It was great because it was really an education in the world. There was footage from all over the world, some stuff as far back as the 1960s, and kind of footage that you’re not seeing in the mainstream media. At FAIR, I was part of their day to day operations. I got to be part of everything. I got to blog, I got to write for their magazine, I was able to co-author a study on the New York Times Book review. The issue we found with the book reviews was that both the authors of the books that get reviews and the reviewers are predominately male and white. It’s terribly tilted. Now, it’s actually making the rounds in the news—NPR picked it up. I’d like to think we played a bit of a role in it. [These internships] really gave me a better idea of what I want to do and the different options for me as a journalist.”



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