As an intern in the Investigations dept. of CBS, I was constantly answering the pipeline and vetting potential stories. I did tons of background research for reporters and producers and then presented them with findings. I sat in on daily meetings to determine what would be covered each day on-air. I also got to write articles for the web and go out on shoots with reporters. One way to stand out in the intern application process is to employers that you are not afraid to take initiative on your own projects. Show that you are a leader and someone that is willing to try things that haven't been done before. For example, I was able to talk about a politics and news blog that I started up with some friends. Being actively involved on campus in several organizations is a must and it's also important to draft a compelling cover letter that leads the employer through a narrative of your interests and passions.
The experience I got during my internship at NBC is one I will never forget. I got to experience history first hand breaking major stories. I got to pitch stories that I felt were important or that I would like to speak on, it was a fast paced, exciting, and always changing environment. When shadowing reporters, I was always ready to cover breaking news stories, some stories were more challenging than others. During my internship, I learned that any individual no matter what your status can make a difference, do not be afraid to talk to producers if you would like to take lead on a story or have questions about certain issues that they talked about.