100% Student Engagement Series: Interning in TV in D.C.

University Relations - Communications
Sept. 16, 2014

The University of Arizona is committed to ensuring that every student integrates and applies learning via internships, jobs, research and other opportunities relevant to the real world. This is the second in a five-part UANews series detailing industry-related experiences UA students have completed.

Chelsea Hemphill, a UA journalism senior, served as a FOX 5 intern in Washington, D.C., working for the network covering news for the D.C. area and also the Maryland and Virginia region.

Hemphill was tasked with a broad range of responsibilities, including taking viewer calls, queuing news tips for the news desk, finding potential news stories and conducting interviews in the field. Read other articles in the series:

Q: What was it about the position that captured your interest? 

A: Working as an intern at FOX 5 was a dream come true because I was able to get hands-on experience going out in the field and I was able to work alongside reporters, which is a special treat. They kept it completely honest about how the news industry is. There was an ongoing joke almost every employee would say: "FOX is where you go to die." I first thought this was an insult, but it was actually a term of endearment because people who work for FOX usually stay there until they retire. They do it for all the right reasons, especially because it is a top-20 market. I also was excited for the challenge to show my supervisors that I could be of assistance to them.

Q: What did you learn during your experience? 

A: This was an interesting job because I never knew how essential the viewer was in finding original stories to cover. I also would call to schedule interviews for future stories, go out in the field to get interviews, help assist photo shoots and help escort guest appearances. Then, above all else, it was my duty to get good practice working on standups and putting together packages. Also, the main thing I learned was that anchors and reporters go with the flow. They never know when some aspect of the show is going to malfunction. And because it is all live, they really are winging it almost every time they go on air. 

Q: How do you envision that your summer internship will help you, academically and professionally? 

A: As an intern, it's hard to come into the newsroom without a set plan of what you would like to accomplish. But if you show your determination early on, the news desk editor and reporters will give you stories to help them with. And that's where the real fun begins. This internship has definitely prepared me for my broadcast journalism classes. What I was taught at the station are some of the things I will be learning this next semester. On a professional level, it helps with networking. 


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