Current and former BBG interns talk about their experiences.
Also see what Sam Miles, a senior at Berkeley College and former Voice of America intern, had to say about his work with the VOA in Haiti (and the value of government service) in the Yale Daily News.
Here’s what other former interns had to say:
My experiences at BBG were among the best of my professional and personal experiences to date! Working in an office that collaborates with offices throughout the agency allowed me to make connections with many life-long mentors and to think outside the communications realm. As an intern in the Office of Public Affairs, I participated in many projects that contributed to the mission of the office. The opportunity was more than I could have asked for. Researching background information for press releases and highlights, interviewing fellow interns for profiles, shooting photos of events, posting on blogs and social media sites, and compiling media packages – I did all, just like my professional counterparts’ in the office. I was valued here. No one ever treated me differently because I was fresh out of school . On the contrary, they valued my insights and perspectives.
It’s almost impossible to describe how much there is to learn at VOA. As a Public Relations intern, I assist the Public Relations staff with studio tours, research, promotion through social media, and — my favorite — interviewing VOA’s diverse staff and then writing for the blog or internal newsletter. As part of my internship, I meet and interview a truly impressive assortment of international journalists and broadcasters at VOA. In the past month alone I’ve talked to the producers of “Parazit” (deemed the “Iranian Daily Show” by the Washington Post) and interviewed the famous Ukrainian TV host, Myroslava Gongadze. I’ve found that beyond the incredible range of VOA’s technical operations is a team of truly remarkable and unique people. Working and communicating with such a diverse mix of people has piqued my curiosity in foreign current events and cross-cultural communication. I have boundless learning opportunities and unparalleled experiences every day, which makes my time at VOA both exciting and rewarding.
Interning at VOA is one of the best experiences I have had in the U.S. It has helped me greatly in understanding U.S. culture and has given me valuable insight into journalism and public relations. I attend daily editorial meetings where I have the chance to hear department heads analyze current events and learn about events happening around the globe. One of the most exciting things I do is lead studio tours, where I get the chance to meet people of all ages from the across the country. Interning at VOA is an amazing experience you don’t want to miss!
As a journalism major, VOA is a remarkable place for me. Little did I know that there’s a place where 44 different languages are spoken daily in one building! Interning in the Public Relations Department has allowed me to explore our different language services. Through giving studio tours, I have met people from all walks of life, young and old, from many different places. So far, my favorite part of the internship has been meeting broadcasters like Americana reporter Ted Landphair and sports reporter Sonny Young. There’s a constant flow of activity in this building with shows broadcasting 24/7, and I enjoy watching shows go into production on the rare slow day at VOA. My internship at VOA is full of plenty of possibilites.
What I thought going into the internship was that this internship was just going to be editing video for news packages. But instead, I got a chance to work with every medium and most jobs behind those media. Some of the things I have got to do include writing headlines, do voice packages, conduct radio interviews, and even write blogs!
Jessica Xue, VOA Public Relations (2011), American University
I work at the Public Relations Office of Voice of America as a Student Assistant. My responsibilities in this position include researching, writing and editing press releases, media coverage. and social media contents, supporting outreach efforts of the organization. I also arranged group briefings for specialized and general visitor groups and conducted multilingual tours in English and Mandarin. My experience at this job taught me to speak clearly, communicate effectively, and manage my time more efficiently. My internship at Voice of America has provided me a great opportunity to add to my experience in international relations. I strongly encourage other students to apply.