Intern of the Month: Nakea Simon at Maryland Public Television

Nakea Simon

Twitter: @NakeaSimon

“This internship gave me the confidence I needed to confirm that this is exactly what I want to do. I aspire to be a multimedia journalist and tell stories around the world. At [Maryland Public Television], I was able to assist in producing video for different departments in Maryland that catered to their specific needs and to tell their stories.”

We are excited to feature Nakea Simon as our August intern of the month. This summer, she’s been interning with Maryland Public Television (MPT), where’s had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and apply her journalism skills to different departmental needs. Read on to find out more about her time at MPT.

MPS Journalism: What company are you interning with and what are you responsible for?

NS: Maryland Public Television. I am responsible for logging tape for interviews, editing packages, and researching clients.

MPS Journalism: Why were you interested in working with Maryland Public Broadcasting and has the experience matched your expectations?

NS: I was interested in working with MPT because I wanted to grow my skills as a multimedia journalist and I knew MPT would provide me with the opportunities to work with leading professionals in the business to help me grow and learn. The experience thus far has definitely matched my expectations.

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Intern of the Month: Vickey Casey at the British Embassy

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Vickey Casey Twitter: Vicas001 LinkedIn: “Think creatively about the ways your skills could be used. Just because the position is not in a newsroom does not mean there aren’t skills to be learned.” Our April intern of the month … Continue reading 

From the Intern Files: Clémentine Boyer at France 2

Clémentine Boyer Twitter: @cmb338 “I’d say that I’m using what I learned at Georgetown on a daily basis [at my internship]. News organizations now expect journalists to multi-task and Georgetown helps us to become good in every aspect of journalism. A journalist … Continue reading 

From the Intern Files: Michael Rooney at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press


Through a recent internship with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Journalism student Michael Rooney bridged the gap between his past experience as a lawyer and his future career goal of being a journalist. At RCFP, Rooney wrote stories about First Amendment issues and journalism and access-related court cases around the country. We talked to Rooney in April about what it was like to work for RCFP during the spring semester.

MPS JO: What are your responsibilities as an intern for RCFP?

Michael Rooney: Besides having tons of resources and guidelines for journalists about the law, RCFP also has a news stream on its website. I write a lot of short stories that are important to First Amendment issues, privacy issues and court access issues.

[Check out some of Rooney’s articles: “Lethal Secrecy: State secrecy statutes keep execution information from the public,” published as the Spring 2014 cover story, “Filling in the background: Public bodies move to requiring background checks for press credentials when safety is an issue” and “Ninth Circuit begins live video streaming en banc proceedings.”]

MPS JO: What is the office environment like at RCFP?

MR: Very friendly. It’s a small staff. Including myself, it’s 10 people. As for the atmosphere, it’s very friendly, very cordial. There are three legal fellows. That’s who I generally work with, so people coming into the program are going to be around people your own age. It makes it a little less daunting. You feel a bit more camaraderie.

MPS JO: What is your favorite thing about the internship?

MR: Just the availability or the opportunity to write long enterprise pieces for the magazine. At a lot of other internships, you’re not tasked with that large of a project. I was able to do two large enterprise pieces for the last issue of RCFP’s magazine. The staff definitely trusts their interns to do serious work, but they also push interns to do their best. I’ve been writing upwards of 2,000 words for stories, and at other internships you might not get that opportunity.

MPS JO: How does the internship relate to or supplement the classes you’ve taken with the Journalism program?

MR: You definitely get the chance to write much longer stories in a newsroom situation. The course that has helped me the most was Dina Cappiello’s Reporting and News Writing, where I got a really tough but really good exposure to writing correctly. Coming from a legal background, we write in a very different way. Even though at RCFP the subject matter is the law, all the subject matter is targeted toward non-attorney journalists. Taking Dina’s class, I learned how to write in a more journalistic way than a legal way, which helped me when I hit the ground at RCFP. I credit that class with most of the background I needed to do well at this internship.

Another class that really helped me in a different way was Business Reporting with Alan Bjerga. One of our exercises was to write a story on deadline, meaning in about 30 minutes. Most of the stories that I write for RCFP’s website are very time sensitive, so the exercise we did with Alan was great practice for writing stories with a really quick turnaround.

MPS JO: How does having legal background contribute to your experience at RCFP?

MR: It’s very valuable, although you definitely don’t need a law degree to do the writing I do. It helps me understand the issues that I write about in a more detailed way. Although there are three legal fellows, so if you’re ever caught on what a story means for the law, they’re there to help with all legal questions.

MPS JO: Do you have any advice for students looking for internships?

MR: Taking an internship in addition to your classes is a great thing to do because, not only is it a great experience in writing, it exposes you to the editorial side of turning things around, writing multiple drafts of pieces. An internship is really going to push you to do your absolute best. It puts us in a working setting where people are going to help hone your skills. Taking an internship in addition to taking your classes in invaluable.

MPS JO: Why Georgetown?

MR: I had been a lawyer for three years, and I realized that it wasn’t for me. Still being relatively young, I wanted to make a change before it was too late. I decided that if I wanted to make a change in career, I should get a master’s degree. I felt a pull toward journalism; I was essentially a news junkie. When I started at Georgetown, I was still working as a lawyer, so I needed a program that was for working professionals. Once I found Georgetown, it was kind of a no-brainer. Georgetown has such a prestigious name, and the faculty is comprised of great thinkers in the D.C. news world.

From the Intern Files – Mikayla Bouchard: Channel 4 News

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Mikayla Bouchard setting up for an interview with Senator John McCain at the Russell Rotunda on the hill.

Student and SPJ Vice President Mikayla Bouchard is getting a taste of international reporting from the comfort of Washington, D.C. As an intern for Britain’s Channel 4 News’ D.C. bureau, Bouchard works on long-form pieces about American politics for an audience across the Atlantic. Bouchard’s work focuses on research and booking, but she has also been encouraged by her editors to develop relationships with sources, chase down stories herself and even liveblog this year’s State of the Union for the network. We recently talked to Bouchard about her semester so far and asked her advice about looking for a rewarding internship. Continue reading

From the Intern Files – Desire’ Moses: NPR Music

Before ever coming to Georgetown, student Desire’ Moses had loved NPR Music. Then, during her second semester with the MPS Journalism program, Moses had the opportunity to be a part of the team she had long revered. As one of the music desk’s three interns, Moses worked with NPR’s content management system to put NPR’s music-related content online and build website pages for the First Listen series and other programs. She also was onsite for OK GO’s Tiny Desk Concert and saw a live taping of All Things Considered. After interning with NPR Music last spring, Moses is still temping for NPR and working as a research assistant for an NPR religion correspondent who is currently on book leave. Continue reading

From the Intern Files – Ivan Natividad: Homicide Watch D.C.

For two semesters now, Ivan Natividad has been at the forefront of innovative, hyperlocal journalism in Washington D.C. through his internship with Homicide Watch D.C. Natividad was first drawn to journalism because he wanted to help foster community dialogue, and after taking Crime Reporting with Matt Apuzzo, he jumped at the chance to intern with a small journalism start-up that focuses on a pressing concern in D.C. — homicide. Now Natividad has the unique opportunity to follow murder cases in the District from their preliminary hearing to their sentencing and to provide an outlet for people affected by these crimes to have their voices heard. We recently talked with Natividad about his experience at Homicide Watch D.C. and got his advice about seeking out the right internship opportunities. Continue reading

From the Intern Files – Pamela Seaton: The Root DC

Student Pamela Seaton’s eight-month internship at The Root DC was more than a supplement to her learning in the classroom or a hands-on introduction to the field of digital media. It was also a gateway to a job as an editorial aide with The Washington Post. As an integral member of The Root DC’s editorial team, Seaton posted the sub-section of The Washington Post’s content to Facebook and Twitter, posing questions for readers in order to generate interest and discussion. With the closing of the Post’s Root DC page in Spring 2013, Seaton moved across the building to KidsPostand the copy desk. Her role at the Post has changed since switching from social media to print, but, a year after beginning as an intern, Seaton still loves her work. Continue reading