I read Intern Insider: Getting the Most Out of Your Internship in the Entertainment Field by Tammy Trujillo in preparation for an internship at the TODAY Show, and I couldn’t feel more ready (at least professionally) after reading it.
It gives an overview of an entire internship, from start to finish.
First of all, I think the title is a bit misleading. I don’t consider journalism “entertainment,” and was worried the book would mainly talk about getting an internship in the movie industry or something. I was pleasantly surprised to read about how Trujillo has spent years in the broadcast field and is also a professor of the subject. Yes, she talks a bit about production internships, but the book is primarily broadcast journalism internship-focused.
At just 106 pages, Intern Insider is a quick, easy read. It’s split up into four sections covering different aspects of an internship: Before the Internship, Getting the Internship, During the Internship, and After the Internship. Then each section has a few chapters that go more in detail on each topic. The most valuable chapters in my opinion are “The Interview,” and “Proactive Interning—Making the Most Out of Your Internship.” There’s also a great section in one of the chapters about how to handle things when you make a mistake, which is sure to come in handy.
The first two sections, which cover everything leading up to your first day on the job, are beneficial even if you already have an internship. Trujillo gives great advice on how to build a strong resume and how to give a strong interview, which are skills that go beyond interning and even beyond college. Having all these tools in one place is so much easier than trying to search the internet for advice.
The last two sections are what I really loved and what I feel like helped me prepare for this upcoming endeavor. A favorite quote of mine came from the chapter titled “Getting Noticed Without Making a Scene.” It goes, “sitting back and waiting for that ride to the top to happen is the best way to get stuck exactly where you are.” The chapter was a great reminder that landing an internship is only the beginning. There is still much to do, which makes me so excited for the future.
Intern Insider is great for those looking to get an internship, as well as those that already have one. It’s great how everything from start to finish is covered and is sure to prepare you for anything.
Before the Internship
Become an Intern--The value of real-world Experience
Who Would Want to Hire me? There's Nothing Interesting on my Resume
Preparing to Go For It!
Getting the Internship
So We Talked . . What's Next
During the Internship
Im Here . . Now What
Getting Noticed Without Making a Scene
Pro-Active Interning Making the Most of Your Internship
What Can Go wrong Usually Does -- What To Do About It
After the Internship
Keeping it All in Perspective
You Got In -- Dont Let Yourself Fall Out
About the Author
Tammy Trujillo is both an entertainer and an educator. She began in the entertainment field as a child and since graduating from Cal State Fullerton has continuously worked in the Los Angeles market as a News Anchor, Reporter, Sportscaster and Commercial Voice Over Artist. Tammy is currently a News Anchor at 89.3 KPCC, Public Affairs Director at AM 830 KLAA and News Director at Cameron Broadcasting. Combining her real-world experience with a hands-on approach to learning, Tammy has also taught broadcasting for the past 25 years at many of Southern California’s most prestigious private schools and colleges. She is currently the lead Professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA as well as Director of its two award-winning campus radio stations.
Throughout her career, she has received numerous honors for her work both on the air and behind-the-scene, including several Golden Mic Awards from the Radio Television News Association.
Tammy is a member of SAG-AFTRA, a former Board Member of the Associated Press Television Radio Association, a Hall of Fame member at Long Beach City College and a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
Publisher: Focal Press
Abby Grisez is currently in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where she participates in WOUB Public Media, The OUtlet, Thread Magazine, and The Period Project. Abby was recognized as the Thread Writer of the Year and was honored with the Cortland Anderson Award in the spring of 2016.
At the start of the 2016-17 academic year, she was named co-producer and co-host of The OUtlet and grew the staff from five to about 20. She also began reporting two days a week for Newswatch, WOUB's nightly newscast.
Abby is currently in New York where she is interning on the Today Show. Watch for more on her experiences in future issues of SVN.