Students gaining experience through internships

Posted 9-13-2011 by Barrie Hill

Learning may begin in the classroom, but getting practical work experience is crucial in today's tough job market. Communication Department students are taking their skills to the streets and landing internships with local businesses and non-profits to gain work experience and add to their resumes.

Broadcast students Candace Brown and Jared Mayers landed prestigious internships with FSN-SW (Fox Sports Southwest) for the fall semester.

“This is a very competitive paid internship,” said Dr. Andrew Clark, broadcast sequence chair. “Only three interns were selected and two were from our department. We are very proud of Candace and Jared.”

Aubree McFadden, broadcast major, is interning as a producer for KLTY’s Nightlight.

Public Relations major Becky M. Volk is interning with the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, while Kevin Johnston, broadcast major, is working with UTA Movin' Mavs to help create instructional videos for use in public schools.

Journalism student Colt Langley is spending this semester at The Dallas Observer and Valeriya Stavitskaya, advertising major, is interning with CBS 11.

Advertising major Daniel Kruzic garnered valuable experience working as a summer intern for the City of Dallas’ Public Information Office. Kruzic worked on media and public relations projects and honed his graphic design and advertising skills.

Broadcast  major Christine Nicholson became a published writer and photographer during her internship at NBC last semester and, ultimately, landed a job as a production assistant at the station. She now runs teleprompter, organizes scripts for anchors and helps write for the evening and weekend newscasts while attending UTA classes full-time. Christine is interning again this semester, shadowing station producers.

“The opportunity to be able to contribute news to a mass audience like NBC’s still gives me goose bumps,” the busy student said.

Department of Communication Chair Dr. Charla Markham Shaw said student internship experience often give job applicants a leg up in a competitive job market.

"We are very proud of our students who are serving as interns throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It is exciting to see our ambitious, talented students making a contribution in the community," Dr. Markham Shaw said. "It speaks well of our department and faculty. What we are teaching in the classroom is translating to the job market."

If you have landed an internship we need to know about, e-mail and we'll do a little bragging on you, too!