During my internship for ABC5 Sports, I shot highlights, edited, and helped write the story for that sporting event on a daily basis. I would ride along with the sports reporters to assist in any interviews or stories that they may have been doing that day. I also had the opportunity to conduct my own interviews and create packages.
The ABC5 sports team presented many opportunities and ideas for me to really get involved. They were always there to offer assistance and to critique your work in a positive way. I was also the floor director for the five, six, and ten o’clock newscasts a few days a week.
My most memorable experience was getting to interview NFL quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Sage Rosenfels by myself. Being a life-long Cyclone fan, getting the chance to meet and interview Sage was a great experience. At the time, Sage was still with the Minnesota Vikings and there were many speculations of Brett Favre returning so I got to ask him about that topic.
Another memorable experience of the internship was covering Craig Brackens’ draft party. It was a unique opportunity to witness a person realize that their dreams had come true when they were going to get an opportunity to play professionally.
The last weekend of July, the weekend sports anchor had moved on to another city and the sports reporter was gone on vacation, leaving just the sports director and myself at the station to cover the week-long Iowa State Baseball Tournament. I worked several hours a day, for the whole week, to shoot highlights of games and interview players and coaches for that night's newscast.
This was the biggest contribution I gave to the ABC5 Sports Team during my internship, in my opinion. This showed the employer I was a very reliable and responsible intern. This led them to offering me a paid position on their Friday Night Blitz crew in the Fall.
You only get out of the internship what you put into it. There is always something to do even when it may not seem like it. Your employers will take notice and start to give you more responsibilities and bigger assignments if you are able to generate ideas. Also, always be willing to adapt to change. Things don’t always go as planned, so if you are able to handle the situation with poise, it will impress the employer.