During my internship at CBC, I was given many opportunities to develop my skills as a journalist, gaining real professional experiences. From the first day, I shadowed producers and learned how the show operated. I was encouraged to pitch a lot – giving me many chances to get my ideas on air. My team was very welcoming and open to teaching me new things. Thus, I feel very lucky with my placement as I was trusted with a lot of responsibility that would exceed what an intern would usually get. As a result, I was offered a job after my internship.

 

CBC News 2

CBC was a fast-paced learning curve; I was thrown into so many situations (for TV, Radio and web writing) that I didn’t expect.

My advice:

  1. If you want to do CBC, don’t underestimate ALL the skills you learn in any journalism, radio, podcast, or even English class – I used skills I learned in first-year.
  2. Try to make a couple contacts during your time. I worked to impress my bosses because I wanted to work in Toronto after and it worked – they hired me!
  3. Don’t be intimidated by CBC — don’t rule it out. You know more about the journalism industry (and news in general) than you think you do.
  4. Say yes, be eager, and don’t worry about making mistakes – because you will.
  5. Brush up on current news, politics and the courts beforehand.
  6. If you want to write or do radio, make a point of asking to do these during your internship, they will eventually trust you enough if you prove yourself.
CBC News 1

As an intern at CBC’s London Bureau, I’d begin the morning by going through newspapers, and sending news highlights to the international CBC reporters. I’d also include a rundown of CTV and Global National newscasts from the night before to know what the competition’s nightly newscast looks like.

 

Frequently, I got to join crews in the field around London. On my second day, I joined a crew when they covered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first public appearance in 2018 and I was shown the ins and outs of how a story is made. On occasion, I shotlisted and transcribed interviews after reporters came back from the field. During the last part of my internship, I was supposed to work on my own story but I didn’t receive guidance on this, which I wish I had received.

 

CBC London 2

CBC London is a challenging place to work and you’ll get out of it what you put into it. You act as a researcher/associate producer assisting the journalists in any way you can.

The challenge is that you’ll be parachuted into a massive city with stories on the go; you must quickly identify what a story is for the bureau and how to chase it. You won’t receive much training and you’re expected to hit the ground running. That’s the nature of a small bureau.

That’s not to say the bureau chief will chase you. If you do nothing, they don’t have time to hound you. Keep in mind it’s an unpaid position, so you’re paying to be here.

You have the opportunity to be published, but finding a story that fits and can be done in six weeks is tough. Start right away. Think ahead. Chase along the lines of a “news-feature” piece.

You will, however, work alongside some of the most talented people you’ll ever meet. You’ll learn lots, work very interesting stories and experience one of the most storied countries in the world. If you can afford it, it’s worth it.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

CBC London 1

I was the first intern at CBC not in the broadcasting stream. Instead, I pursued my interests in their Communications and Marketing team. I enhanced my previous knowledge with communications and add depth with another job that boosted my resume. What I learned was how to interact with others within an office environment. There were some issues with colleagues and overtime, I stood up for myself and professionally explained my workplace struggles to my supervisor.

CBC is a cutthroat company and I now know that I need my future workplace vibe to be more lax and youthful. One thing I appreciate is that my team let me work on my solo project and try to make something that I could have ownership of. The internship was unpaid and I paid for my commute to and from work.

 

CBC Communications 1

Canadian Lawyer 2

Practice. Precision. Perfection. If these words intimidate you, stop now. My placement at Thomson Reuters (Canadian Lawyer) was eye-opening. I had to learn the law quickly and write flawlessly. I had tedious tasks of sending 50 emails some days and creating Excel spreadsheets for ongoing research projects and future features.

 

But, I learned a lot and I had an amazing team to support me in every last query. My supervisors were tough, but fair. And those are the best ones. On day one, it felt like I was a part of a family. I met lawyers, I covered legal events, I was published, and through it all, I had a comfortable desk, and convenient commute. I got to live my dream job for six weeks, and I am a lot more confident and prepared for the future. 

Canadian Lawyer 2

Canadian Lawyer 1

During my time with Canadian Lawyer, Legal Feeds and Law Times I felt very welcome and was treated as an employee, not just an intern. Getting the opportunity to work for three different publications was very valuable — I never found myself sitting idly. They gave me room to explore my own ideas, pitch stories and go out on my own and report. I did not feel stifled there, which is very important. The internship really helped me improve my pitching skills. Leaving Canadian Lawyer, I felt confident that I had made contacts within the publication to look to for pitching freelance pieces. I was published online and in Law Times, a newspaper for lawyers.

Depending on where you live, it can be a long commute.

 

Canadian Lawyer 1

Before beginning a six-week placement with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), my greatest fear was that I would be relegated to “intern” tasks. I needn’t have worried. By the end of my first day, I had written my first story for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. As time wore on, I was given more responsibilities and more opportunities, and I compiled a portfolio of dozens of pieces for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks and NHL’s Calgary Flames. I worked closely with the members of the digital/social media department, and left with both friends and professional contacts; they were friendly, helpful and happy to have me during a busy time of year, and they appreciated my work ethic. I was offered a full-time salaried position, but declined due to an impending multi-month trip. My supervisor understood my situation and encouraged me to stay in touch for future opportunities.

 

A Word to the Wise

 

You will get as much out of your placement as you put into it. This was the internship I had wanted since I was in highschool, and I enroled in the Ryerson journalism program specifically to make it happen. To secure the placement, I researched whom I needed to contact, reached out over email and repeatedly followed up until I had successfully landed my dream co-op. When I was there, I worked almost 80 hours more than is required by the internship course because I wanted to demonstrate that I deserved to be there. It paid off with a job offer (which I had to decline), an expanded professional network, a substantial portfolio and a collection of memories that I will treasure forever.

 

Your instructors will find you a placement if you are unable to do so yourself, but I cannot stress enough the importance of seeking out a placement that excites you. Don’t give up until you have it. When you do, bust your ass to make an impression. The experience will be that much more rewarding, and you might even land your dream job fresh out of J-School. Good luck.  

 

Calgary Flames 1

On a regular day, I participated in morning pitches. On Friday, my pitch was chosen as a topic on the live show. I helped the audience (handling coats, handing out giveaways). I also helped with the hosts’ wardrobe after each show. This week, I was sent on a prop run, trying to hunt down items for the show.

 

but also …

What I found most useful was putting together a research pack for one of the producers for an upcoming segment. I researched and compiled a document to help the host direct their segment. Everything so far has been pretty fun. The highlight of my week was being asked to send a video to participate on a new MUCH channel show. I recorded and sent in my video, and it aired on TV Saturday night!

 

Bell Media The Social 1

This is another testimonial about stuff.  A benefit of this internship is that it’s right beside Ryerson so travel should be easy. Furthermore, if you are someone interested in the T.V world, as an intern you get to watch and participate in tapings of the show so you will get the opportunity to learn more about the behind the scenes of how to put a syndicated reality talk show together. Lastly, the people that worked here are amazing. It is almost completely women and they all very supportive and welcoming, especially my direct supervisor Kate, another producer named Donna and the host, Tracy Moore. They all gave me great advice about getting into the business and that was the cherry on top to solidifying this experience as a great one

Student