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by Nicole Carvalho, staff writer

This question usually comes with a little anxiety, frustration and fear of the unknown. It is a scary realization for some as they prepare to leave the safe haven of the college environment they have called home for a number of years and step out into the real world, often blind, with no direction.
Fortunately, most educational institutions require their students to do internships. An internship allows a student to have a taste of a career before actually obtaining the job. In some cases, it will lead to a job opportunity upon graduation.

My vision, for as long as I can remember, was to become a TV personality. For some time now, it is all I have thought about. I have lived, slept, and breathed the desire for an opportunity in broadcast journalism, specifically television news.

I wasn’t exactly sure what avenue I would take. I did not know much about the job, after all, and I didn’t know if I wanted to be a reporter, anchor, weather girl, sports reporter, or what. Well, I learned very quickly that these jobs are scarce, and you basically start where you can find a position, and usually this is not on-air.

After, trying my luck at a few different careers, including flying around the world as a flight attendant with United Airlines, I realized it was time to get focused and instead of dreaming the impossible dream to actually pursue it and, hopefully, live it.

Shortly after enrolling at HPU, I obtained an internship at KHON2 news in the sports and news departments. The internship allowed me to experience firsthand the ins and outs of a functioning newsroom.

I was able to learn from reporters, anchors, producers, and assignment editors; all of whose jobs are essential to the successful production of a news broadcast. I was even able to go out on my own with the photographers and interview various people in the community.

I was able, as a student, to experience and cover stories that usually only experienced working reporters covered. From football games to fires, I saw happiness and grief through other people’s eyes and was able to write of their experiences. Everyday was a new experience. I am convinced I am making the right career choice, all thanks to my internship.

This opportunity was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I received an on-the job education that money can’t buy.

Internships are vital to a career in television and beneficial to any other student who is not really sure in which direction to go.



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