That’s a Wrap

Chandler 1My summer internship exceeded my expectations immensely and I never thought that I would consider a working summer to be one of my all-time favorites. This is the case however, as my internship affected me positively and tremendously.

Interning with WCVB’s Chronicle allowed me to test my career interests and passions in their respective environment to verify that I am following the right path. I was also able to observe different jobs in the television field such as photographer, producer, reporter, anchor, etc. to gain insight into which positions I am most interested in.

After my internship, my career goals remain within the same field. They were, however, strengthened, fine-tuned and specified. I now know that I aim to be a reporter, which is something I was not absolute on prior.

I believe that one can never truly know which professional field is the correct fit until he or she experiences it hands on. My Chronicle internship taught me this. It is important to remain open-minded and test the waters before narrowing in. Coming home from work each night happy and enthusiastic about sharing all of the interesting things I learned and experienced, as well as waking up excited to go to WCVB each morning, proved to me I was on the right track. This is why internships are so valuable and helpful in college.

To all future interns in the broadcast field and more, here are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned:

  • Have a hunger to learn as much as possible. The way you react to what you learn says a lot about your career interests.
  • Immerse yourself in the company and atmosphere you are in and observe.
  • Take note of your likes and dislikes to discover more about what you look for in a career.
  • Use the time with supervisors and colleagues to ask questions and learn of other opportunities to help with the next step of your career.

I am beyond thankful to BC for making it possible for me to intern at Chronicle, where every day and every task has been so valuable.

Written by Chandler Walsh, BC Class of 2017

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Getting Behind the Screen at WCVB

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Before my internship at WCVB, I worried about discovering and developing my career interests. Once I stepped inside the station, this all changed. The internship allowed me to be more involved in the television field and learn more each day than I would in any other environment. Conversations with producers, reporters and co-workers who all share the same career passions as I do have been refreshing and eye-opening.

My regular duties include providing viewer support, fact checking for upcoming shows, archiving shows, logging interviews and helping producers with varieties of tasks. I also utilized tips from the Boston College Career Center and took advantage of extra opportunities to develop my interests further. Within my second week, I observed multiple tapings for my internship’s nightly news magazine show, Chronicle, as well as regular newscasts. I also attended a daylong field shoot for a Chronicle episode on local authors. With this, I had the opportunity to shadow a producer, photographer and reporter as they interviewed authors in the Boston area, giving me a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience.

At Boston College, I experienced the importance of taking initiative. Students have the responsibility to take advantage of their education through their own initiative with office hours, extracurricular activities, meaningful relationships with others, and more. This valuable lesson gave me an edge in my internship for WCVB’s Chronicle by motivating me to take on extra jobs and tasks, as well as stay extra hours to observe tapings and newscasts.

I am also able to apply knowledge from specific communication, journalism and public relations classes at BC to my internship to understand the significance behind each task. Beyond this however, BC’s liberal arts education also prepared me for my internship in connecting each experience to a bigger picture. When I step inside WCVB’s station, I see each day as an opportunity to learn more and develop my passions. Whether at the intern desk or in the control room, studio, or field, there is always something more to learn.

Written by Chandler Walsh, BC Class of 2017