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Behind the scenes of an internship by Sami Jo Heitsch

In class Dr. Landreville taught us that, “The ability to tell a good story with video is a difficult yet important skill for journalists and communicators to learn. Video is not just on TV anymore — you can find video stories online and on mobile devices as well.”

Out of all of our assignments, this was the assignment I have been most looking forward to. This summer I worked on creating videos for a media relations company, and what I learned was that you can bring an event to life and show a different side of an event that most people would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. Recently I have been working a lot of internship positions, and because of my experience I decided to take a journalistic view on the advantages and disadvantages of internships. I learned that if interns generate revenue for a company but do not receive money for their work, they have the right through the Bureau of Labor Statistics to sue the company they interned for. There are actually six factors that help interns decide whether or not a work program is for the intern’s educational benefit or the advantage of their employer.

The six factors include the internship is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment, the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern, the intern does not displace regular employees, the employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern, the intern is not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship and the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Here is the link to my video: http://youtu.be/yR_PiooTVVo

I enjoyed reporting on an event that I am passionate about. I enjoyed how the people I interviewed made the story come to life, and I really enjoyed editing the project. The hardest part about this task was my time crunch. Researching an event, creating footage and editing the video takes a lot of time and as a full time student and a part time employee of the Hilton Garden Inn that was the most difficult part about this assignment.

There were not many surprises that I encountered during this assignment. Because I have done editing before I was comfortable with interviewing and making my event come to life. I wish my video could have been a lot longer because I would have implemented a lot more interviews and different departments that offer internships.

I am extremely passionate about using video, and as I am writing this blog I am actually sitting in an airport on my way to the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada to work for a video company that live broadcasts the rodeo. I am looking forward to learning more sophisticated ways to use video and I definitely see myself using these skills in my future career.

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