Grady InternViews: Abigail Childers

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I am working for the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also referred to as the International Emmy Awards. My title is Summer Judging and Membership Intern, and I am working remotely, from my kitchen table most days. A typical day for me would include mixed responsibilities for the Judging and Membership departments of the International Emmy Awards. My work in the judging department includes reading scripts submitted by young scriptwriters all around the world who have entered their work into the International Emmy Awards’ Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition. My job is to read these scripts and process them as they meet various guidelines. As I continue with this internship, my work in the judging department will expand into creating ballots for the semi-final round of judging for the television categories. My work in the membership department includes keeping member information up to date, locating and suggesting new members and researching the television landscape in countries all over the world.

How is it structured? 

My internship is entirely remote, which has had both pros and cons. As a remote intern, I have some more flexibility with my workday, which is nice. However, if this internship were in person, it would be in New York City and I would much prefer that had it been possible.

What has been the biggest growth you’ve experienced so far?

The biggest growth I have experienced so far is absolutely having access to such a vast amount of international content. International TV stations, production studios, news channels, contacts, languages – in just a few weeks, the International Emmy Awards have shown me that the entertainment and media markets across the world are so similar and yet incredibly unique all at once. Exposure to international content and contacts this early in my life will definitely have a positive impact on my view of the entertainment industry as a whole as I pursue my career.

What is your advice for other students looking to take on a similar role? 

My advice for students who are looking for a role like mine is to take advantage of opportunities that are right in front of you. Class projects, meeting other students in your field, making connections with teachers – those things go a long way when it comes to a job like this. If it weren’t for a friend I knew in EMST, I wouldn’t have known I wanted to apply for the major. If it weren’t for Dr. Miller’s class, where I learned how and what to research, I wouldn’t have been qualified for the job I have now. If it weren’t for my dedication to the projects I had in his class, I wouldn’t have known how passionate I truly am about industry research and experience. These opportunities just appeared in front of me, but I had to do the work to make them worthwhile. From your Grady application essay all the way to your first big break, you have to maintain your dedication as well as your belief that your hard work will pay off. 

 What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall?

When I go back to Athens, the biggest lesson I will take with me is that it is important to create opportunities for others whenever you can. It is because of the influence of so many experienced people around me that I am able to succeed in the job I have now. As I gain knowledge and experience from this internship, I look forward to passing along what I know to others to help create opportunities for them to learn and grow in their own careers. At the same time, I will return to Athens with a greater understanding of the importance of forging a path for myself in this industry. As amazing as it is to have such a great support system and so many wonderful industry connections, at the end of the day, it is up to me to maintain quality work and an impressive reputation.

Grady InternViews: Caitlin Vinson

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I am an intern for The Bert Show out of Atlanta. Because of COVID, I am doing my internship virtually at home. Usually, I prepare my three city news headlines (New Orleans, Nashville and Chattanooga) the day before. I will find two articles for each city and summarize them. Then, I will send that Google document to the other intern I am working with. 

The morning of the show, we will email that document to our studio director by 7 a.m. Once the show starts in the mornings at 6 a.m., the other intern and I will work together to index the entire show. This just means we are typing out what the cast on the show is saying. We have to include who is talking, what they say and add time stamps throughout the script. We index until 10 a.m. Then after the show is over, we fix any errors and email it to the studio. 

When I am not indexing or working on city headlines, I submit personal stories about what’s going on in my life every Monday. These personal stories are what helps us get on-air and practice being live.

On Thursdays, we have to submit three to five things that are trending in the world right now. We usually discuss things like beauty, fitness, and videos on TikTok or YouTube. 

What has been the biggest growth you’ve experienced so far?
Vinson prepares for her day with a cup of coffee as her computer starts up. (Photo: submitted)

I think my biggest growth so far is just stepping out of my comfort zone. I never would’ve thought I would be working with a big radio show and getting to go on air. I stepped out of my comfort zone when applying for this job and I continue to step out of my comfort zone each and every day. It is really neat to see the different things I have picked up already just by working with the team for a couple of weeks. 

How do you feel that Grady has prepared you for tackling the job?

I feel like Grady was my first step into getting me out of my comfort zone. I took a leap going into this major and into this industry. Now that I am in it, I want it more than I did before. It has been a dream come true to get to see the things I can only experience here at Grady. My classes and professors have all taught me skills that I will carry with me to any future job. I have found a new appreciation for the hard work that many of these people do on shows like this and just in the industry in general. 

What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall? 

This experience has definitely been one for the books and I am so grateful I got the opportunity to do it. I will be taking my new-found confidence back with me to Athens in the fall. I was so nervous when I started this program at Grady because I thought I would have the hardest time finding my place, but this internship has helped me learn that I am right where I belong. I will be taking all of the knowledge I learned from this internship with me and use it to boost up others in this industry. 

Grady InternViews: Jake Strickland

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

My days usually start with a check-in with my supervisor Curtis, who is actually a UGA alum (B.A. ‘13). This is when I get my assignments for the day. Assignments have included social media drafting (my favorite), content tracking, rapid response, comment monitoring and website building. I also have meetings throughout the day, and Intern Brown Bags where I get to know about different departments in HRC. All in all, my days usually run 9-5.

My internship is remote. Although I wish I was working in HRC headquarters, I am able to do everything from my laptop – including networking! I’ve added several people on LinkedIn and met several others at intern networking events.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

The biggest challenge has been capturing the voice of HRC when I draft social. I’m always elated when my drafts get approved, but it definitely has taken some adjusting. 

Strickland waving his HRC flag in front of the Supreme Court. (Photo: submitted)
What is the most memorable experience you have had during your internship?

The most memorable part of my internship has been the day that the Supreme Court handed down the Foster v. City of Philadelphia decision. This case involved the protection of LGBTQ+ families, and so HRC had a stake in the outcome. I rushed down to the Supreme Court for a rally that HRC was having, which was an incredible experience. I heard several people speak and proudly waved my HRC flag in front of the Supreme Court.

What is your advice for other students looking to take on a similar role? 

Match the company culture. Being an intern can be nerve racking, but don’t be a robot – be someone co-workers want to converse with, because this will only increase the chance of you networking and landing a job! 

What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall?
Although his internship is remote, Strickland is working from Delta Hall in Washington, D.C. as part of GradyDC. (Photo: submitted)

The biggest skill that I will take to Athens is time management. HRC works at a very fast pace, and I’m appreciative for the opportunity to get my work out at a rapid pace. I am also increasingly confident in my LGBTQ+ identity, and feel more confident advocating for my community in the future.

Grady InternViews: Tyler Johnson

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

I spend my time working on multiple projects for The Atlanta Press Club and Saporta Report. I am also responsible for helping to generate new clients while coming up with new ideas for APC and Saporta Report. My typical day starts with a meeting from my amazing boss Paula Hovater. I always refer to her as my “work grandmother” because she is so inspirational and is constantly teaching me new things about the industry. After our always-interesting daily meetings are over, I am responsible for sending out countless emails and making sure that I am keeping up with all the sponsorship information in our filing systems and Zoom meetings I must attend with sponsors almost every day during the work week. Some of the companies we work with are Coca-Cola, UPS, Delta, Chick-fil-A, Bloomberg, CNN and the local Atlanta television stations, just to name a few. I have found that this job is a 24/7 type of job. I always find myself working from the moment I wake up to the time I go to bed, but I love every second of it.

What has been the biggest growth you’ve experienced so far?

The biggest growth I have experienced has been the ability to connect with new people through a screen. I am normally very good at networking face-to-face with individuals, but I have learned how to make a lasting impression on people through emails and video calls.

Do you have any tips for making lasting virtual impressions?

Make genuine connections with people you are speaking to. Once there is a genuine connection, interviews and work meetings tend to flow and you will be more memorable.

What is your advice for other students looking to take on a similar role? 

Students should be ready to work. Having a strong work ethic will take students far in their career and they must be ready to work 24/7 to make it far within their field.

What lessons will you take back with you to Athens in the fall?

I will take many lessons back with me in the fall, but the most important is to be resilient. Resiliency is always knowing there is a way and not getting discouraged when something does not go as planned. It is crucial to be able to adapt in any circumstance to get the job done.

Grady InternViews: Kate Sullivan

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities.

My internship involves me traveling to the Atlanta area three times a week to capture interviews with intriguing people. A typical day in my internship is waking up early, traveling usually at least an hour to northern Atlanta to interview maybe a high school football player, a Gwinnett County swim league medalist, a Girl Scout camp director, a turf company president or even an employee at the PGA tournament. After I get all my interviews and videos of b-roll footage of the events, I go back home and edit it all on my computer within a few hours. Lastly, I upload the video to the Gwinnett Daily Post’s YouTube channel and show it to my boss. The next day, there are usually hundreds of views on the video. 

What does the structure of your internship look like?

My boss will email me a few opportunities every week and I can take those opportunities to film, edit and post — or not if for some reason I can’t. I would say this internship is a hybrid (both remote and in-person). It is in-person 50% of the time because I have to go to events, film things and interview people, but it’s also remote because the rest of the time I am editing and posting on my computer alone. 

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
Sullivan sits with other photographers at the PGA Tour. (Photo: submitted)

The biggest challenge I have faced so far is feeling like a fish out of water. Most of the things I’ve already worked at haven’t been super huge events (except for the first two that I did). My first assignment was for the Gwinnett Stripers Triple-A baseball team and my second assignment was for the PGA Tournament, which is a national professional golf tournament. During the Stripers game, I was excited to be there but also convinced that something was going to go wrong, or I was not going to get enough footage. Because of that fear, I ended up getting approximately three times as much footage that I needed. Also, I forgot to bring my computer to the game because I didn’t think I would need to start editing at the stadium, but the game ended later than I thought, so I didn’t start editing until midnight and finished around 4 a.m. At the PGA Tournament, I was feeling a little bit more prepared since it wasn’t my first time doing something for the internship. But I also expected to be “just one of the media people that everyone ignores when she asks you to do an interview.” That couldn’t have been farther from what I experienced. Everyone was so nice at this tournament: the valet person, the front doorman, the rest of the media team, even the golfers. I surprisingly got to interview a few golfers, including the winner, which I was a little starstruck about. Now that I’m getting the hang of these events that I’m covering, I have much more confidence and feel like I can do any event anywhere alone and film it like a pro. 

How have you used what Grady has taught you to excel in your internship?

I know Grady has prepared me for this job in several ways. One thing I will always remember is the ongoing lectures in Dr. Hamilton’s Intro To Media Studies class two years ago where we talked about angles on a camera for hours. Angles are super important. They just are. A big thing I’ve also learned throughout all of my Grady courses is communication skills. I know how to talk to someone properly now. I know how to email someone who I’ve never met and ask if they’d be willing to do an interview with me. I know how to have confidence and not be awkward in a professional setting.

What’s your advice to other students looking for a similar opportunity?
Sullivan poses with her press badge. (Photo: submitted)

My advice to other students looking to take on a similar role is just don’t hesitate to reach out to those opportunities that may seem far away or not as fun or impossible to get. I had applied to Grady LA — a study abroad program — for this summer, but before I knew if I got it or not it was cancelled again. Luckily, I heard from a distant friend of mine that she emailed this guy asking if they had internships, and he just made her an internship because they had both worked at The Red & Black at UGA. Since I also worked at The Red & Black in the past, I emailed the same guy and asked for the same internship. Because of this lucky networking, I got the job. I wouldn’t be doing anything else right now or getting course credit like I am if I had not reached out. The worst people can do is say no. 

Three journalism students awarded for ‘Best Summer Stories’

For standout reporting during their summer internships, three Grady College journalism students have been named winners of the 2017 “Best Summer Stories” contest.

Mauli Desai, Nathan Harris and McGee Nall each will be awarded a $250 prize.

“Grady Journalism students really shine during their summer internships,” said Janice Hume, head of the Department of Journalism. “Their bosses rave about their talent, smarts and work ethic. Mauli, McGee and Nathan did exemplary work and came out on top in a tough competition this year. We are proud of them.”

Desai spent the summer at The UB Post newspaper in Mongolia. She authored pieces on topics ranging from her experience with camel riding in the Gobi Desert to highlights of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to a profile piece on a female Mongolian entrepreneur.

“The ability to write about a country, the people, the culture and their way of life is the greatest part about being a journalist,” Desai said. “It was such a thrilling and humbling experience. Also, this was a great way to learn about newsrooms, storytelling and journalism practices across the world.”

Harris covered Henry County for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reporting on issues such as a debate over a Confederate Flag, a school board rescinding an offer to a superintendent candidate and an examination of the new campus carry law using data journalism.

“Preparing to cover the county, I harked back to what I’ve learned from Grady classes about news gathering and government coverage,” said Harris. “I started by attending county commissioner and city council meetings to get a sense of what was happening in the county. I subscribed to small local papers and checked them regularly, subscribed to social media accounts and established contacts with city and county officials.

“I really enjoyed my internship at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, taking my skills from Grady and writing for a large metropolitan audience,” he added. “It was exciting, stressful and a bit scary, but thanks to Grady, I felt prepared.”

Writing for Runner’s World Magazine in Emmaus, Pennsylvania., Nall covered many sides of the sport. One of her stories documented the journey of an athlete who competed in the Ironman after recovering from a brain injury.

“Hearing inspiring tales of endurance and perseverance, especially through a sport I love so much, was an unforgettable experience,” Nall said. “My internship not only impacted me as a journalist, but as a person.”

This is the third year that the Journalism Department has held the contest.

#GradyInternDiaries: Na’im Carlyle

Name: Na’im Carlyle 

Major: Advertising 

Title of Internship: Brand Management/ Content Creation Intern 

Company: The Richards Group

Location: Dallas, Texas 

Responsibilities: As a brand management intern, I assisted the principal brand managers on the team by updating status reports and sitting in on meetings with clients and other departments. As a content creation intern, I assisted the content team with production shoots and concepting for social media executions.

What is the biggest challenge you faced during your internship? 

The biggest challenge I faced during my internship was coming to terms with not knowing how to do everything and that being okay. Going into my internship, I thought that I needed to know everything and that wasn’t the case. Part of the growing process is being able to ask questions when you don’t know something.  

What was the best part about your summer internship? 

The best part of my summer internship would have to be the people I met. Everyone at The Richards Group, including Stan Richards himself, were always happy to talk to me and give me glimpse into their experiences in the creative and advertising world. It helped me to have a better understanding of my future career path and shows how incredibly humble and open The Richards Group is.  

Na’im Carlyle (center) is pictured with Karen Mejia (left) and Lisa Rainford. The Grady students were selected as 2017 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program Fellows, hosted by the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Mejia interned with Moxie and Rainford interned at 22Squared in Atlanta.

What is the most memorable experience you had during your internship?  

The most memorable experience I had during my internship was when all the interns were able to sit down and ask Stan Richards about the company and himself. It was amazing getting to ask the owner of The Richards Group about his success and why he enjoys getting to come to work every day. He’s very humble and gave us some great advice as we are starting to navigate our own careers.  

What was the biggest surprise in your internship?

How fast-paced the work environment is. I wasn’t expecting how fast I’d be doing projects and switching clients to help the team.

What is the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during your internship? 

To ask questions and learn as much as you can by talking to people outside of your discipline. Everyone has knowledge and experience that can benefit you in the long run. You just have to be willing to take a chance to ask them to coffee.  

What advice would you give to a student looking for an internship?  

Keep an open mind. You might not start out doing what you want to do but you can always gain valuable perspectives and insights with whatever you do. Always find a way to learn all that you can and make your experiences work to your advantage.  

What part of your Grady education did you find most valuable during your internship?  

All the opportunities and experiences that I’ve had a Grady really helped me to put myself out there and my willingness to talk to as many people as I could and continue to learn and grow my skill set. 

How did your internship help confirm your desired career path or make you re-evaluate what you want to do in the future? 

By entering the advertising industry in account management where I was able to see the interactions between the agency and clients and even the agency with other agencies, it’s shown me that I not only have the skill set to do client relations, but also I’m more passionate about the creative side of advertising, whether that lies in strategy or design. I definitely prefer the more tangible approach to the industry.