Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Houston Chronicle

Spring 2016 

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: International Relations and Global Studies

A day in the life at the Houston Chronicle is whatever you make it out to be, which, I believe, can be incredibly useful or incredibly wasteful. Because the internship is unpaid, you’re not really bound by specific hours – technically you’re supposed to work 20 hours per week, but really, it’s up to you. I made my own schedule and decided how much work I wanted to do. The editor, Mike Ward, is pretty busy, therefore he doesn’t spend anytime holding your hand. This is important, because a real life newsroom is like this.

A typical day is spent working on whatever project or story you’ve been assigned, and collaborating / conversing with other journalists in the office who might be able to help you out. The two major projects I worked on at the Houston Chronicle were first, a long-ish story on Islamophobia in Texas, which was accompanied by a video, and second, an infographic on the legal statuses of Campus Carry at almost all of the state’s colleges and universities. These required some serious collaboration and time, and was entirely at my own pace. They were both ideas that were proposed to me by my editor, but the execution and approach was almost entirely decided by me. This was great, because it allowed me to learn, explore, grow in ways I felt most useful. 

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