This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.
For others in the series, please see:
Connor Foarde, The Washington Time
Kendall Lake, New America’s Open Technology Institute
Christopher Mays, Citi
Charlotte Norsworthy, NPR
Brittany Paris, Dateline NBC
Maxime Tamsett, CNN
Name: Stanley D. Miller III
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Minor: Communication Studies
Title of Internship: “Early Start” and “New Day” Intern at CNN
Location: New York, New York
Grady College: Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities:
Stanley Miller: For this internship I often pulled POVs, SOTs, alerted guests in guestbook, updated contact lists in INEWS, booked cars, crews and flash studios, printed and distributed scripts and transcribed clips.
GC: What is the biggest challenge you faced during your internship?
S.M.: The biggest challenge was adjusting my sleep patterns. Since “Early Start” and “New Day” are morning shows, my shifts switched every two weeks. During the shift when I worked with the segment producers and bookers, I had to be at work at 3:30 p.m. However, for the shift where I worked on set, I had to be at work at 1:30 a.m.
GC: What was the best part about your summer internship?
S.M.: The best part about my summer internship was getting the chance to work with and learn from some of the greatest writers, producers, cameramen and anchors in this industry.
GC: What is the most memorable experience you had during your internship?
S.M.: There were so many but my most memorable experience was attending an intern town hall with the president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker. Getting the opportunity to ask him questions about the industry and hearing his insight on its direction and the political climate as it relates to news was an experience I’ll never forget.
GC: What is the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during your internship?
S.M.: The most valuable lesson I learned is the importance of understanding the company you work at and forming relationships with your colleagues. During my internship I was able to get to know many of my colleagues and they were always willing to help me. I also had the exciting opportunity to shadow our anchor producers, writers and cameramen. I have to thank them for being open to show me what they do and how it contributes to the execution of each show.
GC: What advice would you give to a student looking for an internship?
S.M.: My advice is to start looking and apply early. Also, reach out to the Career Center, professors or anyone who can give you feedback regarding your applications, writing samples and resume.
GC: How did your internship help confirm your desired career path or make you re-evaluate what you want to do in the future?
S.M.: This internship fueled me to continue being persistent in attaining my journalism career goals. Since CNN is a global news network, as an intern I noted all the work it takes to execute coverage worldwide. Therefore, witnessing this has inspired me to continue working hard so that one day I can also be a key player in this industry.
GC: When you look back on your internship 10 years from now, what part of your summer internship do you expect to be most thankful for?
S.M.: I will be most thankful for the exposure this internship provided me. Having the chance to meet so many wonderful people from all different backgrounds who share the same passion for news was unforgettable. Furthermore, it was exciting to intern at a global news network that is recognized anywhere in the world due to its coverage and wide-reach. I learned so much and interning at CNN allowed me to be a witness to history in a time where the political landscape is changing and will be talked about for generations to come. Therefore, as a journalism student and history buff, having the chance to be in the midst of this all will be unforgettable, even sixty years from now. Interning on “New Day” allowed me to witness some of the world’s most notable political analysts, anchors and correspondents talk about the biggest topics in news. For example, I assisted with the execution of interviews with high profile guests by alerting former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and escorting interviewees such as Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns of the New York Times, Laura Coates and CNN anchors such as Bill Weir and Mayor Rudi Giuliani to set. I also followed the coverage of the stories each guest discussed on our show. Therefore, having the chance to assist with executing these interviews in any capacity whether through research, escorting or alerting was a very fulfilling experience.