2012 Internship/Co-op Student of the Month Winners
SEPTEMBER Student of the Month: Lindsey Diehl, journalism major
The September 2012 recipient, Lindsey Diehl, journalism major, interned with WLS-TV/ABC 7 News in Chicago, Illinois, as a Disability News Intern. In describing her experience, Lindsey wrote, “I had the amazing opportunity to work at WLS-TV/ABC 7 News under Disability News Reporter Karen Meyer. I learned so much during that time not only about the industry as a whole, but a lot about myself as well. Every aspect about this internship related to my academic studies. I became familiar with researching my own stories, setting up shoots with P.R. executives, creating pre-production rundowns, brainstorming about b-roll possibilities and working with editors to assist in helping create the piece. Working to deliver disability-issue-related news required me to communicate regularly with different Chicagoland organizations. I was able to learn about the key organizations and prominent figures involved in the disability community. Every day, I was able to witness from start to finish how an entire day’s broadcast is put together. I know the level of dedication, professionalism and responsibility the employees of a major market television station have. Most of all, I’m confident and comfortable in the chaotic environment that we call a newsroom.
Karen Meyer reporter for WLS-TV/ABC 7, praised Lindsey’s internship with the following words: “Lindsey is one of the best interns I have had. She is very responsible, hardworking, and professional.”
Jennifer Corvino, News Director and Instructor, Northern Television Center, commented on Lindsey’s academic work: “Lindsey is an extremely dedicated student who is willing to go well above and beyond expectations. On numerous occasions Lindsey has set the bar for her colleagues, taking on hard news stories many students would shy away from. Lindsey’s work is consistently above average, and she brings fresh ideas and perspective to each of her assignments.
OCTOBER Student of the Month: Jenna Johnson, organizational and corporate communications major
The October 2012 recipient, Jenna Johnson, organizational and corporate communications major,completed an internship with On the Waterfront in Rockford, Illinois. In describing her experience, Jenna said, “I was the coordinator for the Bright Stars ceremony that took place during the On the Waterfront festival. The OTW festival as a whole was an event planning learning experience, but this particular assignment allowed me to apply my skills and coordinate a smaller event entirely on my own. Updating the website was another learning situation where I obtained new skills. Becoming more proficient with computers has been a goal of mine that I was proud to accomplish by changing the performer lineup page as an entirety and the festival food vendor list. Going into the internship, my goal was to gain knowledge and experience in the event planning process. I learned that the event management field is not suitable for just any person; you have to be organized, diligent, and able to multitask and work under high stress. Working in a small office for a well-known event exposed me to every aspect of the planning process. I have acquired professional skills and responsibilities from this internship that I can apply to any future career. That alone is why this internship has been three months of a worthwhile, rewarding experience.”
Nina Jacobson Sales and Marketing Manager, On the Waterfront, Inc., speaks highly of Jenna, saying, “Jenna is an extraordinary intern who is enthusiastic about her work. No matter how large or small the task was, Jenna accepted and completed it with a smile. Jenna has proven to be extremely well organized, detail oriented and very thorough in all projects she tackles. She always conducted herself with professionalism and was consistently willing to go above and beyond.”
Catherine Doederlein, Coordinator of Internships, NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, commented on Jenna’s academic work: “Jenna Johnson is an incredibly talented and highly motivated student. She has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in all of her Major courses, several of which were taken for Honors level credit. Jenna has an engaging personality and motivates her peers through her high energy level and desire to achieve and help others achieve.”