Q: What is the internship you are completing and why did you find it attractive?
A: I am an intern on the MIX 107.7 morning show with Jeff, Gina, & Dave. This internship is perfect for me because it’s local and in a large market size. I was excited to be working with Gina Ferraro because she has worked in Chicago. I’d like to find a job in Chicago after I graduate.
Q: What is an example of something you learned in a class that you find really useful/helpful with your internship?
A: I am very fortunate to have taken the COM-4710: Social Media & Personal Branding class this spring. I haven’t gotten to use my social media skills at the internship just yet. But, it’s still quite early in my internship. I’d like to be able to use my social media skills to help manage the accounts at the MIX 107.7 station.
Q: What do you think might help other students in seeking an internship like the one you were competitively selected for this summer?
A: If you are interested in pursuing a career in radio, I highly suggest you train to have your own show on-campus. I host my own radio show at WWSU 106.9, Wight State’s on-campus station. I learned so much from my experience as a host and it has helped immensely in internship. You gain hours of hands-on experience in college radio. Get involved with college radio!
Q: What do you know now that you did not know prior to starting this internship?
A: I’ve only been interning at MIX 107.7 for about two weeks. In that time, I’ve learned everything from interviewing skills to audio editing. I’ve already gotten hands-on experience in producing radio shows. One thing I did not know how quickly things could change during a show. Sometimes you can get scheduled for an interview with a celebrity at the last minute and it’s important to be able to think on your feet.
Q: Striving for excellence is the department motto. Provide an example where you did this on your internship.
A: In everything I do at the station, I strive to execute my responsibilities to the best of my abilities. I always try to make sure that I am asking questions and soaking up as much information from everyone at the station. By the end of this internship, I hope that I have a portfolio of projects that I have worked on that I can take pride in. I want to make the most out of this experience.
Jasmine Higgins is a mass communication major at Wright State University. She can be reached through her personal blog.