During my Consumer SOS/Investigative internship at Global News Toronto, I learned to be more of a journalist than I did in dozens of classes at J-school. I learned to refine my skills in pursuing subjects, interviewing, critical analysis, editing, writing and listening. I also learned practical skills in being able to use news resources, editing, timecoding and helping shoot and set up video for broadcast.

 

What I like the most from Global was that they never treated me like an intern, but rather as part of the team. They took my opinions into consideration and treated me fairly when I was wrong, as well as praised me when I did well. I came out with multiple clippings, the office was reached easily from my house, but I was not paid. There are definitely opportunities to pursue there.

 

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We work in this big room together called “the intern closet” and it literally is a closet —ed.

I didn’t always get along with my coworkers- for instance, one time I had a fallout with two girls, as they sprayed perfume that I was allergic to after I told them not to spray it. I had to run and get Benadryl from Shoppers. I couldn’t work in the room until it evaporated, but my boss handled it nicely.

I tried to take up more writing work, and finally started getting transcribing work after a few weeks. With that work, I showed my supervisor that I can outdo myself.

Luckily I’m getting a ton of free makeup at the end of this internship so I’m making sure I’m getting my money’s worth!

 

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If you like fashion or beauty and want to see how magazines are produced in Canada, ELLE is a great placement. The office location is easily accessible by TTC, and if you drive, there are paid parking spots nearby.

As for the type of work you’ll be doing, it’s a lot of fact-checking and transcribing. If you don’t like doing those, this might not be for you. You are also encouraged to pitch story ideas for web, and the editors are very helpful and give amazing feedback.

In addition, you get to learn about how to deal with PR, source credits, and other useful information about the fashion and beauty industry.

Also, the team is super friendly, so for anyone who thinks working at ELLE will be reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, trust me, it’s not.  

 

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If I was to describe my internship in one word, it would be ‘authentic.’

I feel like I truly learned a lot and got valuable experience at CTV Regina. I was not getting someone coffee or doing something unrelated to my field.

From the first day, my name was on the assignment sheet as a general reporter, even though I was an intern. That alone says that I was not treated as someone who is ‘below’ the other staff; I was treated equally as part of the team.

My first day of interning involved camera training and learning how to use the editing software. The next day I went to my first event, conducted interviews and edited a VOSOT that went in the newscast. By the end of the week, I had my first story on the air.

I was given lots of feedback and treated very well. By the end of my internship I had nearly 20 packs, multiple rants, and even a few live hits for my portfolio.

This is the place for experience and potentially a breakthrough job into the market. I highly recommend CTV Regina.

 

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The mentorship and networking in this internship was the most valuable part. I felt very welcomed, more like a teamplayer than a sideliner. Hosts, writers and producers are all willing to answer any questions, share their experiences and extend their help in the future (ie. reference letters). They also acknowledged my work frequently and positively.

 

It was also nice to contribute directly to segments, such as ‘Morning Smile’, and watch these segments air live. Working with both producers and reporters also made me see both sides of television, and reaffirmed my choice to pursue the reporting side. The only downside is that none of my work is very publishable as a portfolio piece, since it was aired as a segment. That said, this was still a very valuable experience overall and I enjoyed it very much.

 

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Interning for Cityline was great. It is an unpaid internship, but it is a great hands-on experience that is lots of fun. A benefit is that it’s right beside Ryerson, so travel should be easy. Furthermore, if you are someone interested in the TV world, as an intern you get to participate in tapings of the show, so you get the opportunity to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of how to put a reality talk show together.

Lastly, the people that worked here are amazing. It is mostly women and they all very supportive and welcoming, especially my supervisor Kate, a producer named Donna and the host, Tracy Moore. They gave me great advice about getting into the business– that was the cherry on top to solidifying this experience as a great one.

 

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I received support and mentorship, which helped me enhance my pitching, interviewing and script writing skills. I also learned about editorial judgement. I did start to feel a little lost when my supervisor was away and I also wish I had gotten the chance to work on bigger and more serious stories. Regardless, the positives outweigh the negatives, as I did get to pitch ideas that were produced as stories and I wrote a couple web posts. All in all, I believe it was an invaluable experience in a radio newsroom. My supervisor advised me to apply for local radio shows, as it’s easier to get a foot in the door that way. I hope I’ll be able to return there for work one day.

 

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My internship at CBC Radio absolutely exceeded my expectations. The application process was lengthy to say the least, but it was well worth it.

The environment was friendly and relaxed. People were happy to meet me and see what I could bring to the table. My producers challenged me, but also taught me the ropes.

I was able to put my audio, video and digital skills to great use while learning so many more. I often came in early and stayed late to have more time to learn (and make mistakes). The building, amenities and equipment were all state-of-the-art. I did not get any compensation, but the experience by itself was worth more than the money I would have made. I was able to establish connections with people there who will be vital in helping to further my career at CBC.

I’m happy to say that I’m freelancing for CBC right now!

 

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I had an enjoyable placement at CBC Radio’s As It Happens, however I wish I had done my internship in television.

My skill set and personality are a better fit for TV, but I did learn a lot in radio. My stories went to air on a daily basis, which was great! I’m grateful to have had the radio experience since I learned valuable skills like how to edit audio with Dalet, how to write an online article using Polopoly, and how to embed audio clips into it. I also improved my communication skills, and learned how to look for national stories.

This internship taught me how to use constructive criticism to constantly improve my work. The building is easy to reach by the PATH, and is close to the subway.

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As intimidating as it was, my time at CBC was an amazing experience. I went in thinking I may not really be reporting in the field during the 6 weeks –but, it was the opposite. Most days, I could pitch subjects and report on them. Once I learned the basics –  I spent most of my time interviewing and writing drafts of my stories. The staff were so supportive and willing to put their jobs aside to help me.

One thing I wish I could’ve done more was multimedia, which is tasked to a separate CBC sector. Because of that, I did not get the opportunity to learn how CBC made its multimedia elements.

An important thing I learned through this internship is that you have to grow a thick skin. After my first piece was published I got horrible comments. It also helped me realize the importance of deadlines and learning how to write captivating headlines. At CBC, headlines are everything.

 

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