“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
One of the most poignant scenes in the Hollywood blockbuster “The Pursuit of Happyness” is when the lead character, Chris Gardner (Will Smith), is accepted into the internship program of a stock broker firm despite his shabby appearance owing to his overnight stint in jail!
The internship was unpaid, yet the victory on Gardner’s face was unmistakable. He had reason to rejoice because he knew that this was just the beginning, the tidings of many good things to come. The internship was for him an instrument to learn more about the profession he loved and to impress with his skills. It gave him a stage and he was ready to shine.
The value of internships cannot be stressed enough for people who are ready to make a transition from being a student to a professional. It gives students priceless work experience, with which they can knock on an employer’s door with confidence.
Most internships are unpaid, but what you take away from them is priceless. In addition to valuable experience, you also get your first brush with the workings of the professional world.
That’s exactly what Seamedu’s Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication student Ayushi Garg discovered when she joined CNN News 18 in Delhi as an intern. “I came across many new things and the actual workings of the news organization, especially the internal politics and how the whole system works in a newsroom,” said Ayushi.
Treasure trove of skills
Internship provides young students a chance to put everything they have learned in the classroom to practical use. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “knowledge gained through practical experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.”
As an intern with CNN News 18, Ayushi actually did many of the things that are routinely taught as part of any journalism and mass communication course. “My job over there was to write anchors reads, headers, pointers for the stories, transcripts, and alert stories for next morning’s news bulletin that was run around 6:00 am.”
She also picked up many new skills – skills that will help her throughout her career. For example, she learned the basics of how to cut and edit packages for a news story in a software called ‘’Avid Media Composer.’’ She also learned the value of multitasking and sticking to deadlines, vital for anyone working in the newsroom.
“A dream come true”
Many college students have never even seen the inside of an office. They are young, enthusiastic, raring to go, and eager to prove themselves to their teachers, parents, and potential employers if only given a chance.
Internships are that chance! Take the case of Viraj Deshpande, a Seamedu’s Journalism and Mass Communication student, for instance. When he joined the prestigious Times of India group in Nagpur as an intern, he felt like a dream had come true.
Describing his first day at work, Viraj said, “I tried to give my best, it was as if I wanted to prove something.”
His employers also tapped into his infectious enthusiasm, assigning him enough work to keep him on his toes. “In the tenure of my internship I went on field and talked with as many people as I can remember.” The mentoring that he received from his superiors is bound to bring value to his career ahead as a journalist. “My mentors provided me with every help they could, they corrected me and taught me how to actually get things done,” said Viraj.
Both Ayushi and Viraj cannot thank their respective employers enough for giving them the opportunity to intern at their esteemed organizations. They know that they have hit gold as far as learning practical, industry-specific skills was concerned. Their internships have not only given them mentors for life, but also laid down roots to build a professional network.
Do you want to join the ranks of Viraj, Ayushi, and several of our other students who have successfully completed journalism internships? Browse through our course details and get in touch with Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism now!