My Internship Experience: Nicholas Crispino
Over the summer, I had the opportunity to intern for the Long Island Press located in Garden City, N.Y. I found my internship with the help of Professor Richard Conway of the English department. Professor Conway has a few connections with the Long island Press and recommended me to several within the company.
I had several goals when I started the internship. My goals were to complete each assignment given to me in a timely manner, to learn as much as I can about the profession through asking questions and others observing my work, and to create challenges for myself, such as volunteering to cover complex stories. Additionally, I wanted to provide my readers with reliable and accurate information in an unbiased way. As an intern for the Long Island Press, my responsibilities were to fact check by researching and gathering information on people, events, and topics. I would confirm through phone calls with institutions and persons of interest about certain details relating to the articles. Also, my job was to conduct interviews, cover press conferences and other special events on Long Island. Once my research was complete, I wrote an article about it.
The internship gave me an insight and understanding of what it takes to be a journalist in the industry. I have learned a lot over the few months I spent interning at the Long Island Press. It definitely has helped me on how I can obtain my future career goals, if I wish to pursue this field. Several colleagues at the Long Island Press would offer advice such as explaining how to coordinate or control a proper interview with a creditable person (CEO of a company, local politician, or celebrity). I learned how to structure my story better by “trimming the fat” of my article and I learned how to properly use the quotes that I obtain. I received advice on how to conduct conversations with people not willing to talk all that much, whether it was dealing with local PD or someone who doesn’t favor the media.
Even though I have had previous experience in the journalism profession, this internship added more skills. I gained more knowledge, techniques, and an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the industry. To my fellow classmates and future students entering an internship, I advise you to ask as many questions as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. One big surprise I had at my internship was the amount of help and advice everyone at the Long Island Press gave me, even if I didn’t ask. You have a wonderful opportunity to pick the brains of everyone who works there.