Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

KXAN News

Spring & Fall 2020 

Position: Politics Intern
Student: International Relations and Global Studies & Middle Eastern Studies Senior

KXAN News is the NBC Affiliate for Austin, Texas. As a broadcast news organization, they seek to provide succinct and powerful hard news coverage through its in-depth, investigative brand. They are consistently the number one most viewed news station in the Austin market.

I initially decided to apply for an internship with KXAN after some self-research. They have a useful “Internships” section on their website. Shortly after I applied, I interviewed with an executive producer, and I eventually was offered a position as a “politics intern.”

After my initial internship in Spring 2020 was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I reached out to an executive producer and was granted the opportunity to return to the station and continue in the role of “politics intern” during Fall 2020.

My main responsibilities as a politics intern included working alongside KXAN’s political reporters and investigative journalists both in-person and remotely to assist with government-related reports, as well as aid in the production of the station’s weekly political program, “State of Texas: In-Depth.” I was also responsible for contributing to the station’s March 2020 Primary Election Coverage, November 2020 General Election Coverage, and Texas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

My favorite memory from the internship was assisting in the coordination and production of the station’s statewide, live Texas Senate Debate between 2020 candidates Senator John Cornyn and MJ Hegar.

Spring 2017  

Position: Investigative – Political Intern
Student: Government Senior

Interning at KXAN News you are given the opportunity to work in a real live news station.  The station is spread out by sections and I was placed in the news department as the political intern.  KXAN is part of the NBC network so it is really great to turn on the TV at home and see your station on with some of the news stories you witnessed. A day at this internship consists of coming in to a morning meeting where all the directors and reporters meet up to discuss the stories that need to be created that day. Ideas are thrown around and ideas are shared which is a great bonding experience for everyone. Once the meeting is over and the reporters are assigned tasks, they head out for the day usually with a photographer to take on the daily task.  The reporters have a deadline by either 5:00p.m or 6:00p.m to have their story finished to be aired that same day.  I usually pick a story that I find the most interesting and tag along with the reporter.  If there is not a rush I usually squeeze in a practice standup so I can create my own package when I get back to the station. I don’t leave till 6:00pm so I spend the rest of my time helping out with the State of Texas show or watch the 5:00p.m show behind the scenes to learn more about the production. The internship provides multiple opportunities to be involved as well as the experience of being a real life reporter.  


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