Tribune internship opens doors
- Written by PATSY OLIVER
“I hope once I leave here, I will become a better and more confident writer.” – Mary Beth Miglicco, former intern with The Tribune Newspapers. Each semester, students like Miglicco are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in a fast -paced newsroom, write their own articles and have them published in The Tribune Newspapers. This real-world experience has proven to be invaluable for many former interns. For those who like to write or to take photographs, or those with boundless curiosity, an internship with The Tribune can be a wonderful way to start 2008. The Tribune, in cooperation with Lone Star College-Kingwood, is sponsoring a journalism internship program. The program is open to students enrolled in Communications 2311-Reporting 1 and Communications 2315-Reporting 2. Both classes are three-hour credit courses. A one-hour lab class, COMM 1129, must also be taken. Students in this class produce the college newspaper. Cynthia Calvert, owner of The Tribune Newspapers and assistant professor of communications at the college, supervises the internship program. “I talked to a Broadway producer yesterday,” said Debi Ostrom, another former intern. “How cool is that? I guess it's not that big of a deal, but how many people have a chance of doing that in their job?” The basic requirements are two hours per week spent in the office, attendance at the Monday staff meeting, completion of weekly homework and text assignments, and the publication of 10 articles and/or photographs over the course of the semester.” “Covering stories takes time,” said Calvert. “It is safe to say that each story will take no less than two hours, some many more. We specialize in helping students succeed. They get a real-world taste of journalism, advertising, public relations and business – all in once dose!” Reporting 2 students must write a minimum of 15 stories. “This opportunity is unparalleled in most colleges,” Calvert said. “Students often say they learn more during this practicum experience than in all their college journalism classes combined.” The Tribune internship program also provides adults who are changing careers or re-entering the job force with an opportunity to gain experience. Those interested in the program must speak to Calvert prior to registration. Past interns have gone on to work for the Houston City Council, KHOU-TV, local hospitals, Humble ISD and several are in Hollywood, working in the film industry. Classes begin Jan. 14. For more information, call Calvert at 281-540-8742 or the college at 281-312-1600.