My Externship Experience
My freshmen year I was lucky enough to receive a two-day externship through the Center for Career and Civic Engagement. For those two days over Winter Break I had the opportunity to go to PBS39 News, and shadow alumni Brittany Garzillo’13. Being a self designed media and communications major I was really excited that an externship applied to what I was interested in.
All of the people at PBS39 were welcoming and very informative. I first met Brittany and was given a whole tour of the news station and each one of its departments. Some of the department heads, such as the PR Department, spoke to me and told me her role for the station. I was able to view a live recording of a school scholastic bowl, and allowed to guide the teleprompter for it, by far the most interesting part of my experience. I got to meet the producer for the station and even sit in on one of their daily staff meetings. My day wrapped up by speaking to the editing department and learning more about Brittany and her role there. Overall this experience really showed me that television was the direction I want to take my career in.
Not being positive about your future or major is a great reason to take on an externship. Even of you know what you want to do someday, I suggest trying out an externship and making sure you are happy within that field.
It was a great way to learn more about potential departments I could someday be involved in, and a great way to meet new people and gain more helpful contacts. I would recommend an externship to anyone that wants to get the feel for a certain filed. It is a one of a kind experience and something everyone should take advantage of.
If you’re interested in an externship fill out the application that is due November 17th. Applications can be found at the Center for Career and Civic Engagement office in the Hub or for download on the Center for Career and Civic Engagement Amos page. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and sign up now!