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