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Northwestern University

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Internships 3.5-stars Based on 6 ratings
Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars Based on 6 ratings
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  • FormerMedilldo 3:57 a.m.
    April 4, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2005
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 3.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I started out at Book magazine, which was my first pick, and a really hands-on, varied experience, with a lot of supervision and variety of tasks. The magazine actually folded halfway through my semester there -- a great learning experience! -- and Medill quickly found me a place at New York magazine. Being a completely different magazine, it was a completely different experience. Not as well suited to me, but I'd say it has served me well, too, and was an exciting place to be. Given the interruption with the fold (not NU's fault), I probably missed out on getting a full arc of improvement or deeper involvement, but I'm grateful to have had a taste of both a small monthly and large weekly magazine. I remember a lunch with my TM adviser who offered good advice about being a little braver in pitching stories at New York. What I do wish we had gotten were tips on New York life: living there without an income, without rich parents, and without someone saying "Buy a monthly Metrocard! Don't live in Manhattan! There are cheaper grocery stores to be found!" meant coming back to Evanston with a bit of credit card debt. Ultimately, I ended up working in book publishing rather than in journalism, but I'm still very much working -with- journalists, and my TM definitely gave me the clarity to see what I was more interested in and where I was better suited.

  • TTVatNU 6:16 p.m.
    March 29, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2004
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I was lucky to be placed at KELO-TV, the CBS affiliate and market leader in Sioux Falls, S.D. I was treated like a professional reporter and built an amazing reel during my experience. I received a small stipend that covered most of my living expenses (as I was living in South Dakota), though I also paid tuition that quarter (which was covered by student loans and grants). I chose Medill because they guaranteed this experience and worked so hard in my broadcast classes so I could be given one of the few locations that would allow me to report on air as an intern. Once I proved myself in the newsroom, I was assigned breaking news, feature stories and even did live shots in the field, all of these experiences, combined with the connections I made in the newsroom during my experience, were a major asset when I searched for a job. This was the only professional experience I received while in college.

  • egranger 8:04 a.m.
    March 23, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2009
    Internship 2.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 2.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I did my TM at Condé Nast Traveler. I spent over a month working on a simple table that compares the seat sizes of different classes of airlines—in part because I wasn't confident/experienced enough to ask for more work and move on. I met great coworkers at CNT, and it was incredibly valuable to see the NYC magazine scene within the iconic Condé Nast building, but my internship itself was structured in such a way that only very highly self-motivated and confident interns might progress out of the treadmill of busywork. (Maybe this is a given?) I was never paid for my internship, although I had been informed that I would be. A few months afterward, I was too embarrassed about having "missed the boat" on payment to follow up.

  • NeverWorkingAtAnAgency 2:43 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Journalism, Marketing, 2012
    Internship 1.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 2.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I did my Northwestern Teaching Media at an ad agency in Chicago. The school had only just recently began having TM sites in marketing and I was so excited to move away from the journalism curriculum. I was lucky in that I am from Chicago and could live at home and commute to my site in order to save expenses.
    All in all, I had an awful experience. Not much of it had to do with Northwestern. In fact, my TM mentor was adamant when I called him almost weekly that I was doing nothing wrong. My site and mentor within the agency, however, was a bit of a nightmare. I was constantly compared to the previous TM candidate (i.e. "so-and-so knew how to do that" or "so-and-so was such a better intern"). On top of that, I was given few tasks of meaning since I "didn't know how to do anything" - side note, isn't that the point of an internship? some BS work and some learning? - and I was never really given a formal review.
    My mentor failed to give me the "exit interview" all other TM candidates were supposed to have. Instead, they sent my review to Northwestern including the line that if they were in charge of giving me credit for this internship, they would fail me. (note, no one has ever really failed a TM or JR).
    I spent multiple days in tears on the el, not knowing why I was messing up so badly. But, I can't completely place blame on NU. Part of a TM, I suppose, is getting out there on your own.

    Upside - this awful TM lead to a wonderful paid internship at a large company and now a successful career in content marketing and communications.

  • ChicagoIsAffordable 12:12 p.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2009
    Internship 4.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I had an internship at PC Magazine while at Northwestern. The school put it together on my behalf as part of the Teaching Media program. It was an exceptional internship experience--I was rotated through each of the magazine's main departments, so I was exposed to copyediting, FOB and BOB, online, hardware and software reviews, blogs, etc. I appreciated the comprehensive experiential learning opportunity, and I did well while I was there. The experience enhanced my skill set, but didn't lead directly (or even indirectly) to a post-graduation job, especially because the magazine shuttered its print publication less than a year after I left, and I returned to Chicago instead of staying in New York.

    My main complaint was the credit card debt I was forced into; my family didn't have the money to support me while I worked for free in New York City. I made do by sleeping on a friend's futon, but it still took me a year to pay off the debt I racked up in the 12 weeks I was there. I work in content marketing now.

  • FormerJourno 11:07 a.m.
    March 18, 2014
    Major: Journalism, 2008
    Internship 5.0-stars
    Oversight & Aid 4.0-stars
    Payment Unpaid
    Review

    I had multiple internships while at NU. I had paid summer internships at the Washington Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer. Both experiences were amazing. During school I had an unpaid internship at CBS Chicago. However, CBS required that I receive academic credit to be an intern. Medill enrolled me in a fake, zero credit class (which seems illegal) to show CBS that I was receiving credit, even though in reality I wasn't. This was the worst part of my experience because I was working 10+ hours at the tv station but receiving nothing in exchange. I still think the internship was valuable, but wish I would have received some credit. For TM I went to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I received a stipend from the school which covered maybe 1/3 of my expenses trying to live in South Florida during the winter months. I was also still paying tuition, which seems like quite a scam. However, I was truly treated as a professional reporter and my experiences were way more valuable than anything I ever learned in a classroom.

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