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Joelle CheekJoelle Cheek tells us about her internship experiences.

Graduate, Spring of 2010
Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon

Where did you work for your internship? How long did you intern for?

My first internship was with the Hinmon Agency in McMinnville, Ore. for the summer of 2009. My second internship was with the Lake Oswego Review/West Linn Tidings Newspapers for the summer of 2008.

How did you obtain your internship?

For the Hinmon Agency one, I applied for the internship through an announcement through class, and for the newspaper one, I contacted them and knew one of the writers there from my elementary school.

What was your favorite part? Your least favorite part?

My favorite part about both internships was talking with people and finding out how they got to where they were and what they liked about their jobs. I also liked the hands-on experience. This is how I learn, so connecting what I was learning in the classroom to real life work made me more excited to return to school after summer. I don’t have a least favorite part because as I am applying for jobs now, I can say, “Yes, I have done that already!” while others can not. I feel much more confident going out into today’s economy because of my internship experiences.

How did your mass communication courses help prepare you for the tasks of this position?

They have prepared me for the AP Style of writing in public relations and marketing. They also taught me the importance of focusing on details and how to communicate professionally. I understand the importance of editing also.

How did this experience help you decide what you do and do not want to do in a career?

The newspaper internship allowed me to experience it firsthand and realize that journalism is not for me. However, my internship with the Hinmon Agency made me fall in love with marketing and allowed me to hone in on what I want to do as a career.

Grant LucasGrant Lucas

Graduate, Spring of 2010
Hometown: Venice, Florida

Where did you work for your internship? How long did you intern for?

I worked at The Forest Grove News-Times for three months as well as NCAA.com for 2-3 months.

How did you obtain your internship?

For the News-Times, I received an e-mail from my advisor that talked about a writing opportunity in Forest Grove. I called the contact for more information, and, three phone calls later, I was all set up to start writing. For NCAA.com, the editor saw the sports section of the Linfield Review (I am the sports editor), loved the layout as well as my writing, and called the Review asking if I would be interested in contributing to the website.

What was your favorite part? Your least favorite part?

Aside from the writing, I loved interviewing people. Although the initial call for an interview is somewhat awkward, interviews basically became everyday conversations. I loved hearing what they thought about how they played, what it's like to be drafted by the MLB or even putting on a foosball tournament. People love to talk and I loved to listen.

How did your mass communication courses help prepare you for the tasks of this position?

The first thing my classes helped with was writing format. The AP style we learned early on stick with you throughout your career, and you begin to see your writing improve dynamically. You also learn how to, who to and when to interview. One of the rules that was branded into my mind was "Old news is no news." Finally, the most important thing I've learned from classes deals with ethics. You learn the basics and more about journalistic ethics, which is huge because that's what drives our writing.

How did this experience help you decide what you do and do not want to do in a career?

When I became a mass comm major, I knew that I wanted to be a sports writer. I had, and still have, the dream of becoming a Sports Illustrated or ESPN the Magazine writer. These experiences fed to my dream. I realized how much fun I was having with stories and that anything was possible.

Alethea SamerotteAlethea Samerotte

Graduate, May of 2010
Hometown: Dallas, Oregon

Where did you work for your internship? How long did you intern for?

Bicoastal Media; summer internship.

How did you obtain your internship?

They own one of my favorite radio stations, so I applied and interviewed

What was your favorite part? Your least favorite part?

All the concerts were amazing and I got to meet one of my favorite country stars but I really didn't have a least favorite part about the internship, the whole thing was pretty amazing.

How did your mass communication courses help prepare you for the tasks of this position?

I don't really think the courses I have taken helped me at all. Working for KSLC was what prepared me.

How did this experience help you decide what you do and do not want to do in a career?

It just fortified that I want to work in media and with the public.

Chris SlezakChris Slezak

Graduate, Fall of 2010
Hometown: Salem, Oregon

I came into mass communication not knowing what to expect, but I was always interested in media. I never interned, though. I like to think I replaced that with sports here. But for someone coming into the department not knowing what I wanted to do. I learned more than I could have expected. Even if you don’t have a specific direction you want to go, leaving mass communication with a deep understanding of multiple media and the ability to write better than 95 percent of the students at Linfield is worth it. But, if you do know what direction you want to go, the professors and the classes set you up well for that path. All in all, its hard to find a better program than the mass communication one at Linfield.