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Jennifer Babiak interned at WHIRL MagazineJennifer Babiak - WHIRL Magazine


Internship title:  Advertising Production Intern

How did you find your internship?

My internship advisor suggested it and then I found it through the internship center. 

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Coordinating traffic of art between clients and sales staff, creating and maintaining media lists, providing support to business manager and events editor, learning how to analyze and define market segmentation trends and translate into sales and event opportunities, learning about cross-promotion and marketing, assisting with the planning and execution of special events, and assisting with the distribution of promotional materials and/or press releases 

What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship was meeting new people and learning so many new things that I can apply to my everyday life.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

I really enjoyed everything about my internship and I think everyone should do one.  It taught me so much and I got to meet some great people!

Eric Radakovich - Kennywood Park

Internship title: Public Relations

How did you find your internship?

I have worked at Kennywood for the past nine summers and when I needed a Internship I asked Jeff. It was great to do both my regular job and the internship in the Public relations office 

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

My Daily activity changed every day. I had small projects to do on a daily basis. There was a lot of writing involved in this internship. I wrote up descriptions for various websites to promote Kennywood Park. I also did researching for various things about Kennywood. I researched when ride accidents occurred in other amusement parks to see what happened, and if they compare to similar rides we have at Kennywood. I also did escorting around the park with news crews or others to get B-Roll for promotional items for Kennywood. During the WTAE Summerfest week, I took charge and helped their interns with daily activities and events that were scheduled. Some of these events included Basketball Challenge, Skee-Ball competition, Paddle Boat Races, and several other daily events. During the middle of summer Kennywood created an Instagram account so I went through the park and took hundreds of photos of everything so we could post photos throughout the summer. I was also in charge of posting pictures to the account through the summer. 

What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship was on the first day when the Travel Channel came the park to film the Phantoms Revenge for an episode of Insane Coaster Wars, which will air in season 3. The producers wanted to interview Jeff at the top of the hill of the Phantom which is 161 ft. High. I was able to assist them in going to the top and took pictures from the platform. 

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes, anyone who works at Kennywood can work around their schedule to do both the internship and their regular summer job.  

A quote from you regarding your experience?

"It’s a Memorable and a Valuable Experience."

 

Mirriam Mason - ABC27 News WHTM

Mirriam Mason interning at ABC27 News

Internship title:  Intern of an anchor and reporter

How did you find your internship?

I searched for local news stations where I am from, and then applied to them all.

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

When I come into the studio I ask Val if there is any sound that I need to log for her. And if there is not I find a package that I could redo to make my own for my end portfolio from my internship. I then work on that through out the day, or if Val needs me to do anything else throughout the day I do that. I then run the prompter for the 5:00-6:00 prompter and then again from 6:00-6:30. 

What is the best part of your internship?

The learning experience I get from going out to shoot packages and how to interview people to get the best sound bites for packages.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

"My internship has helped to open my eyes to the endless possibilities that going out in the field can bring. I have learned so many new interviewing skills, package techniques, and communication skills that I know will benefit me with my career in the future."

Bethany Frazee - Lady Luck Casino

Internship title:  Nemacolin Experience Agent

How did you find your internship?

I found out about the internship through my friends that work at Nemacolin. 

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

My primary responsibilities at the casino are explaining to the guests the different options they have to choose from in order to gain access into the casino, promoting the Nemacolin Experience Yearly Membership and all of the perks that come along with the membership, and answering any questions the guests might have about the casino and/or resort.

What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of the internship was being able to meet so many new people while gaining hands-on experience in the PR/Communications field. I also enjoyed riding the zipline at the Adventure Center during training! 

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

YES!

A quote from you regarding your experience?

After the first day of my internship, I remember thinking to myself, "I couldn't have picked a better internship!"

Lamica Davenport - The Rivers Casino

Lamica Davenport interns at the Rivers CasinoInternship title: AV Specialist

How did you find your internship?

The Internship Center

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

To assist the casino with any audio/ visual needs it may have.

What is the best part of your internship?

Learning a lot about concert set-ups.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes

A quote from you regarding your internship?

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Thea Kalcevic

Thea Kacevic internMaking her dream reality through hard work, talent and perseverance, Thea Kalcevic will begin 2006 by going from the Mon Valley to the Big Apple.

A senior majoring in radio and television who will graduate this May, Kalcevic recently interviewed and emerged as a successful applicant for a 16-week internship with The Late Show With David Letterman in New York.

The Late Show accepts internship applications from college sophomores, juniors, seniors and international students in the fall, spring and summer. Kalcevic was one of 11 successful candidates from an applicant pool of 750 for this spring. Initially, the field of 750 applicants was dwindled to just 22 people who traveled to New York for interviews. Kalcevic interviewed November 1 with The Late Show's Janice Penino and was offered and accepted the internship two days later.

"I interviewed with her [Penino] first, but it was a three-hour-long interview, and they take each applicant through every department," said Kalcevic. "I am very excited. This is a dream and really something I can't even explain how I feel about right now, because it is something I have worked so hard for. To get to this point in my life is unbelievable. For a small-town girl to be going to the Big Apple is just incredible."

Kalcevic will be working with the Letterman Show's writing department.  As the writers' intern, she will be responsible for assisting the head writers, gathering comedy material, researching information and running errands, such as distributing tapes to different departments and getting show rundowns for the head writers.

"I have the experience with the production aspects of television," Kalcevic said. "The writing of scripts is also a part of production. That is where it all starts; so, the writing department is going to open my eyes and make me look at things in a different way."

At award-winning California University Television (CUTV), Kalcevic has worked in a number of on-air and behind-the-scenes roles. In front of the cameras, she served as CUTV News Center's entertainment editor last spring and announced this past fall's Homecoming Parade.

 "This will be well worth it in the end," Kalcevic said. "This experience will pave the way for the rest of my future, and that is how I have to look at it. This internship is going to open so many doors for me and what a better way to do it than with the David Letterman Show."

Tori Staley - Cox Broadcasting

Your internship title: Washington News Bureau Intern

How did you find your internship?

A friend from high school interned here a few years ago. Last summer when I did my internship at WJAC in Johnstown, Pennsylvania she thought that I could handle coming to the bureau so she recommended me to the bureau chief. I got a hold of my supervisor Catherine and then it all just kind of fell in place.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

As a coax intern I have to help the reporters and producers research story ideas, set up and conduct interviews on Capitol Hill, and then pull the sound bites.

They made me learn all the 10 stations local lawmakers. Also the stories that I have conducted I have to come back and write a script and while doing that I have to help with the phones.

By the time I’m done at coax I have to produce a resume tape. It has to have at least three packages and a stand up montage. To do this task I had to learn how to use the editing software.

What is the best part of your internship?

I looked at this question for awhile because it's hard for me to choose just one thing that is the best. I love all the people that I work with. The bureau is really small there are 12 people in total. So I have close and lasting relationships with everyone. Everyone has been so helpful here.

I guess I would have to say that the best part would really be that at 21 I’m working on Capitol Hill interviewing our nation’s lawmakers.  

 What are the top two things you have learned?

Patience and Politics. I know both of them are simple. But really... patience I learned because I had to wait for my supervisor to get her work done before she could look at mine. ALSO I had to wait for politicians and hearings to be over to do my job. Another thing is when my supervisor would be able to look at my script she would totally rip it apart so I had to be patient with her so I could get my script the way she wanted.

And the second thing... I'm not going to lie before I came to DC I really knew nothing about politics. I didn't care either way. Well, I was forced to learn them. I still don't particularly like them but I have a better understanding of it now.  

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I would love someone from Cal to be able to come here. I can't explain how good of an experience this has been for me. At my internship last summer in Johnstown I learned a lot but this internship was completely different. The atmosphere of the newsroom was a lot different.  I think before someone comes here though they should experience local news. Then I think they would have a better appreciation for this internship.  

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?

"Working 10 hours without getting paid.... it takes dedication and passion to be an intern in this business"

Whitney Thompson -  96.1 Kiss FM

Your internship title:  On air personality/Production assistant

How did you find your internship?

I found my internship completely on my own through previous networking.  I needed an internship and I went right to "Bonics" and asked if he was interested in considering me for the position.  It all worked out well!

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

I had responsibilities such as web updates, listener interaction, air-spot editing, production logging, researching celebrity gossip and other news for air content, as well as attending station remotes.

What is the best part of your internship?

Being a part of a nightly show that turned out to be the number one ranked night show was pretty gratifying to me.  I was a part of something that people enjoyed and that listens wanted to stay tuned to.  The teamwork that was involved in producing a show each night was definitely the best part of my internship!

What are the top two things you have learned?

The top two things that I have learned in my internship are to have the confidence to just "go for it," and to believe in myself and what I'm saying when I open my mouth.  I was shy on air at first, but Bonics would always say "Just go for it!" and I knew that I could do it.  This internship taught me that I'm not always going to be the best, and sometimes I might be really bad, but that it's always worth it to give it a shot!  The confidence that I have gained and the ability to believe in myself and everything I do are qualities about this experience that I am so thrilled to have gained.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Absolutely.  This experience was truly life changing.  I found a part of myself that I didn’t know existed.  For the first time, I felt like I had a place and that I could do anything I wanted to if I worked hard enough.  Before this, I thought, "Well, if I’m not good, I’m not going to do it!"  Now, coming out of this experience, I can say "Well, I'm not so good, but I CAN BE if I keep working at it."  And that has made this whole experience so special. 

A quote regarding your internship experience?

"You may not be the best now, but you have the potential to be the best in the future.  You just have to work for it."

Amanda Antoinette Varner - Forever Broadcasting

Internship Title: Intern

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 

I enter customer information into spread sheets to get an idea what location our listeners are coming from, I gather and mail out the prizes to customers. I organize and mail invoices for our customers.  I have organized past order forms from the past ten years and have organized them in an easy to obtain manner. 

How did you find your internship? 

An ad on the radio was calling for College students that were looking for a for-credit internship.

What is the best part of your internship?

Seeing how a radio business operates other than just hearing the DJ’s play their music and speak on the radio!

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

I would, it is a great fit for a first internship! The business is very laid back but gets a great amount of work done in just one week. 

A quote regarding your internship experience? 

"The opportunity I got at my internship gave me experience in a business that holds such a large position in the community’s lives; everyone should be involved in something that everyone loves! "

Lauren Burgess - Junior Achievement

Internship Title: Communication Intern

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Updating our social media places, editing and putting together our newsletters, and writing a few articles. Mainly helping to create JA’s webpage/ website. 

How did you find your internship?

Through a loyal customer at my old job as a chef before this at JA, and did it on my own, Cal was not much help at all with helping find an internship.

What is the best part of your internship?

Getting to meet so many new people from the sponsors’ of Junior Achievement, and able to network my name around.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else? 

Yes more than likely, depending on what it is exactly they are looking for at an internship.

A quote regarding your internship experience? 

“Everything is a learning experience, and treat others how you want to be treated.”

Michael Farina - SterlingHouse Publisher

Internship Title:  Editor-in-Chief

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?  

I write articles for publication, edit the other interns work, update social media sites for the purpose of advertising, prepare and select which articles will be published and when, occasionally edit manuscripts submitted to SterlingHouse before there official release, and get the mail.

How did you find your internship?  

Sheer random chance.

What is the best part of your internship?  

Being able to pass of something I love to do as “work.”

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?  

Yes.

A quote regarding your internship experience?  

“The experience of working at SterlingHouse Publisher and with Writers News Weekly is nothing like I had ever imagined, and better that I could have ever hoped.”