Internship with The Reporters Inc.
The Reporters Inc. is always looking for talented, energetic, creative, inquisitive, and dedicated interns year-round! This is a truly hands-on training program where you’ll learn or improve the following skills:
- Video Production (planning, shooting, interviewing, logging, writing, and digital editing)
- Print Journalism (writing and editing long-form on-line articles and essays)
- Documentary Film Making (fundraising, research, planning, and production)
- Nonprofit administration and regulation
- Website editing
- Publicity and Marketing (social media campaigns, e-newsletters)
Interns at The Reporters Inc. essentially take on the role of associate producers on any given assignment. We need confident self-starters extroverts who are versed in current events, are able to write well, are internet and computer savvy, and who can multi-task and deal with pressure effectively! During the course of the internship, all interns must successfully report, write and publish at least one in-depth article, to be published by The Reporters Inc.
Important Note: Interns must commit to at least three full months, and work a minimum of 16 hours a week. This is an unpaid internship.
- Fill out the official application and scan/email it to or send it to The Reporters Inc.
- Write a cover letter explaining why you’d like to intern with us, and what you hope to get out of the internship
- Include a resume
- Provide examples of your previous work, such as:
–published articles or blogs, etc.
–television, film or video clips (DVDs, links to YouTube/Vimeo/etc., digital files)
–Examples of nonprofit, marketing or social work
Qualified intern applicants will then be contacted and interviewed in person.
Check out the testimonials below from former Reporters Inc. interns.
Class of 2019
September 19, 2020
Dear New Intern,
Back when I was first applying to be an intern for The Reporters Inc., I stumbled across another testimonial win which a former intern stated that one of the most important things the intern brings to the table is his or her belief in the power of a good story. Those words rung true to me, and I hope they ring true with you, too. Because, at The Reporters Inc., crafting a powerful “good story” is what it’s all about.
So what is a good story? It’s not just an article that shares the fact and reaches a few people, it’s an article that you feel passionate about. At The Reporters Inc., you will have the chance to write about the issues that are most meaningful to you. As you take deep dives into big national moments, you also have the chance to find your voice and grow your identity as a reporter.
Mark is an excellent editor who wants to help you grow as a writer and researcher. As he fine-tunes your stories, he encourages you to stay true to your own journalistic voice.
So jump on in! Find your voice, tell your stories, and enjoy this exciting opportunity to flex your journalistic prowess and grow your knowledge of the media industry.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Class of 2018
September 20, 2015
Dear Future Intern,
A while back I was looking for a summer internship when I came across The Reporters Inc. I read past interns’ testimonials (just like you’re probably doing now) and the word “different” continued to pop up. I found that to be interesting and decided to join the team. I soon learned that “different” is actually a great way to describe this internship!
I got an actual hands-on experience during my time with The Reporters Inc., learning what it’s like to be a part of a nonprofit organization. The Reporters is all about bringing social awareness to subjects and issues that typically go unnoticed. It was so interesting to learn about topics that people don’t generally hear about. I was able to listen to stories and meet people that I would never have been able to meet or hear if it weren’t for this internship. I was able to practice skills for my field and really expand my horizons.
This internship is also challenging. With the hands-on experience comes a lot of responsibility. The Reporters Inc. team will help you push yourself to grow, as both a student and a person. At times it can be tough but there is nothing more rewarding then overcoming a hurdle and being successful.
I loved my time with The Reporters Inc. I guarantee you will learn a lot.
I highly recommend this internship!
MacAlester College Class of 2017
August 4, 2014
Dear Future Intern,
If you’re choosing to complete this internship, that means that despite all of the changes we’re seeing in news, media and reporting, you still believe in the power and importance of a good story. You’re passionate about communications and storytelling, and about social justice issues that too often don’t see the light of day in mainstream media. This experience will demonstrate your passion for these fields to future employers, and provide you with a new and more honed set of skills to take on a career in these fields.
It’s unpaid, so you won’t be able to see the numerous benefits you’ll reap from this experience on a paycheck. Instead, you’ll end up with an impressive new entry on your resume and a recommendation from an Emmy-winning veteran of television news. You’ll also receive a unique introduction to the world of journalism nonprofits.
You’ll learn and grow in an environment that frees you up to take risks and make mistakes. As you write your own stories, you’ll learn how to ask good questions and write clearly and effectively. As you communicate with potential clients, you’ll learn what makes a compelling video news story and how to market what we do to managers of other nonprofits seeking our services. As you network with board members, potential writers and tipsters, you’ll learn about what it takes to build a successful nonprofit. As you assist in the post-production of our latest documentary project, you’ll learn about the technical aspects of documentary making (including the video editing software Final Cut).
If any of the aspects of this experience I’ve described seem exciting to you (and more facets are constantly being added to the list, as this small nonprofit grows), I highly recommend this internship. It provides you with the flexibility to focus in on the skills you’re most interested in acquiring and improving.
I started the internship wanting to improve my writing skills, so I wrote an investigative news story, edited articles for publication on the website, wrote letters to board members, and wrote project proposals to potential clients. However, I also logged tape and put together a crowdfunding plan for a documentary, and expanded my social media skillset.
I loved working with The Reporters Inc. this summer; I’ve learned more lessons than I can innumerate here and had a great time. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you have in considering this opportunity.
Best of luck!
University of Minnesota-Class of 2016
April 30, 2014
Dear Interested Interns,
If you’re looking for an internship that’s a great introduction to journalism, you’ve found the right one. Interning for The Reporters Inc. was one of the favorite things about my sophomore year of college. Because of it, I was ahead of the game among all my classmates in almost all of my classes. While I was learning everything journalistic at college, I was also getting firsthand experience with it at The Reporters Inc. It was a great dynamic that I’m really grateful for.
The Reporters Inc. was my first introduction to writing an article, video production and transcribing, and doing major background research. Not only did this internship serve as a great intro, it was a great platform for other internships. I got a job at my college paper because of the skills and experience I learned from The Reporters Inc. I would never trade the experience I got here for anything else.
Mark Saxenmeyer was one of the greatest bosses I’ve had so far. He’s really knowledgeable and is a pretty big deal (if you get a chance look at all the Emmys in his office). He’s always willing to share his experiences as a reporter and give advice to all his interns. He really wants to see all his interns learn and succeed in the field.
I guarantee you won’t find another boss like Mark anywhere. His wisdom is something I really will miss. I also guarantee you won’t find another great opportunity as you will with The Reporters Inc. It really introduced me to other fields in journalism, besides the traditional route of broadcast and print.
University of Minnesota Class of 2013
October 23, 2013
Dear Potential Interns,
I, like much like you, sat in front of my computer screen a few months ago searching for a summer internship. When I came across The Reporters Inc., I read the testimonials former interns had written and thought it would be a good fit for me. Still, despite every single testimonial saying this internship is different from the rest, or something along those lines, I didn’t know how different–and rewarding–it would truly be.
If you’re a go-getter, naturally motivated, and an outgoing student, interning at The Reporters Inc. is for you. When I applied it was my goal to find an internship that would look good on paper and ultimately help me find a job. However, interning with The Reporters has given me much more than a solid recommendation. I’ve learned the ins and outs of the work it takes to run a successful non-profit–from learning how to run the backend of a website, to writing monthly newsletters. I’ve improved my interviewing skills by attending shoots, and asking my own questions.
One of my favorite parts about this internship is how much The Reporters trusts its interns with responsibility. On a trip to Chicago, I met with participants in a documentary, midway through production, and updated them on the progress. I also pitched story ideas, and by the end of the internship I’d crafted a piece about my grandfather’s World War II experiences; I’m very proud to add it to my portfolio.
The Reporters Inc.’s dedication to creating projects that promote social awareness and, ultimately, change, has showed me that journalism is about so much more than the police blotter news that fills newspapers and newscasts. It’s about telling important, compelling stories and imparting that information to readers and audiences on an emotional, human level.
It’s been a wonderful experience interning at The Reporters Inc. and helping it to further develop its goals and fulfill its mission. I highly recommend it. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more.
Best of luck!
University of Minnesota Class of 2015
August 30, 2013
Dear Future Reporters Inc. Interns:
The Reporters Inc. works to give people a voice to those that don’t typically have a voice in the media. I loved that.
During my internship, I worked on documentaries dealing with a variety of different subjects. For example, we worked on a mini-doc about the organization Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). This documentary highlighted the lives of teens growing into leaders, and how STLF helped them learn to help in the community and “pay it forward.”
I also learned how use Final Cut, for digital video editing. I took this internship during the summer before my junior year of college and hadn’t used a program like Final Cut before. Little did I know that in my very next semester at the U of M, we’d be using it. The things I learned at The Reporters Inc. about editing were invaluable to my schoolwork and me. We used the program to create documentaries and bring them to life, which I thought was cool to see. I loved the filmmaking process and seeing the end product of our work was so rewarding. We would film, then log, and edit, edit some more, and then would put the film together.
The Reporters Inc. pushed me to work to improve my writing too. It taught me how copyediting is one of the most important processes in the news world, in order to improve your work.
The internship was like working in the real world, and it gave me the opportunity to have a mentor, and guidance throughout. The Reporters Inc. works closely with its interns to help them understand each task, each program, and each project.
If you’re thinking about taking this internship, do it!
Below are some testimonials from former interns of The Reporters Inc.'s Executive Director Mark Saxenmeyer,
during his tenure at FOX Chicago News.
September 14, 2010
Dear All Potential Interns,
I am sure you found this internship through a friend or through Medillink posts, but trust me, this internship is entirely different.
In the past, I have done typical broadcast journalism internships, in which I would answer phones, log video, and follow a reporter or two. But during this internship you are asked to be an actual producer. There are great expectations and it comes a lot of responsibility, which is refreshing.
I am finishing up this internship for the summer of 2010 with a smile on my face, and also a little sad. Mark is not only an incredible reporter, but you get to build a friendship with a future mentor. He cares for his interns and makes sure you are working and learning at the same time. He wants you to succeed and lets you do stand ups on shoots, save contacts, and create a tape–all of which are crucial for your future.
As is the news, each day is completely different. However, your main job is to help create and produce news stories. This will mean a lot research, setting up interviews, and actually going on shoots.
I had never worked on investigations before, but after this internship I really learned how to develop and tell a story when it isn’t right in front of you. On my “jr,” I was a general assignment reporter, so it was interesting for me to instead learn how to create a story out of thin air. These are tools that I will carry on for the rest of my career.
This internship actually opened up my eyes to a whole new part of the news that normally I would have shied away from. Being a reporter, especially starting out, means being a good producer. I felt like Mark’s “right hand woman.” I felt needed and useful on shoots and in the office.
It’s an incredible feeling seeing your baby, the story that you worked weeks and weeks on, actually air. I learned a lot just seeing what is needed to piece together a story and how Mark does it. Longer form packages scared me, but I learned about how to pace, write, and voice 5-10 minute stories and still keep the viewer interested.
This was such a hands-on internship for me and it flew by. I am so lucky to have been accepted as Mark’s intern and I now feel much more confident in applying for jobs with the unique skills set I learned from Mark.
May 6, 2010
Dear Prospective Intern,
Everyone knows what a typical internship experience could be like: logging tapes all day, running out for coffee, and cataloging past shows. Mark Saxenmeyer’s internship is not that experience!
As a previous intern, it is important to say first and foremost that this internship is designed for motivated, hard working, and dedicated people. First of all, you will be expected to be knowledgeable on all things Chicago, current events, and most importantly, the type of reporting that Mark does (watch some of his stories on-line before your interview!).
Once you’re hired, be prepared to research story topics, call back tipsters, and use journalistic databases. You will have many opportunities go out into the field and get hands-on instruction as to how to perform a stand-up, how cut-away shots are done, and how to conduct practically any type of interview. Also, you will get to sit in on editing and be a part of the final “coming together” of a story–a story you have helped produce. Finally, you’ll be able to see Mark present the story live on the news. Honestly, I don’t think any intern could ask for a more hands on experience.
I highly recommend this internship to any student of journalism or any student who wants to be in a fast-paced work environment. You will get to see parts of Chicago you have never seen, meet people you would have never met, and really figure out if broadcasting is truly a career path that you want to pursue (and one that you feel you would be able to succeed in).
This internship is demanding, but all of the work creates a real snap shot for you of what being a TV journalist is like in the third largest market in the country. Plus, it can also provide you with great contacts for your post-college job searching and, hopefully, a great recommendation letter ot two.
This is truly a wonderful opportunity for a hands-on internship and I strongly advise that you apply if TV news is an area you wish to pursue, or even if you are just not sure what the future could hold.
As for me, I came into this internship thinking I would like the print aspects of journalism more, but after this past semester I have completely changed my mind and want to focus on TV news!
University of Notre Dame ’10
July 29, 2008
To Whom It May Concern,
I feel like it was only yesterday that I was sitting in Mark’s office freaking out because I could not name anyone on the U.S. Supreme Court. Taking that quiz almost seemed like a slap in the face to my intelligence. How could I, a college student, not know the answers to these simple questions? Fifth graders could have done better than me! That quiz was the predecessor for what was to come from my internship with Mark. I may think I know a lot, but there is still so much to learn.
When I tell people that I am an intern at FOX News, they usually laugh and ask how I like running around for coffee. Many just assume that my day-to-day internship is filled with mindless tasks that anyone could perform However, this is not the case as Mark Saxenmeyer’s intern. With him, I am not just an intern. Instead, I am a production assistant. I am encouraged to think creatively and come up with my own story ideas. It is my responsibility to explore every aspect of a story and make sure every angle is covered. Sure, some days are just filled with logging video and talking to crazy people on the phone. But that stuff is actually important! Learning how to talk to people and ask questions is what this job is about. Even logging interviews has an upside. Recording the way people speak allows you to notice your own speaking style. After recording so many “likes,” ums”, and “ahs”, I have tried to banish those words from my vocabulary.
Fortunately, not every day is filled with logging and answering phones. Mark allows us to go on interviews with him, ask our own questions, practice stand-ups, and write our own stories. This internship gives you the opportunity to see every aspect of this industry. You see what it is like to be a reporter, producer, and editor. And you will definitely realize that this industry is not as glamorous as you may have thought. A lot of work and time goes into what you see on television. The people that work here don’t do it because they want to be “famous” or on television. They do it because they have a passion for journalism and storytelling.
Make the most of your internship with Mark. If you really put a lot of passion into your time here, it will be a great experience!
George Washington University
August 25, 2008
To Whom It May Concern:
Congratulations, if you’re reading this you’re just a few steps away from pursuing an internship that, for me, went above and beyond my expectations–one that can give you a real taste of what the real world of news is like. I’ll warn you Mark can be tough, but he is a great mentor who can give you a lot of knowledge and insight about the field.
You might be surprised that on day one you have to dive right in head first into the work. You are not spoon-fed what you have to do, you have to take initiative and do the work. It may be overwhelming at first, but with time you will figure it out. It is great to take on the responsibility and rewarding to see what you can accomplish when you work on stories, do a standup on camera yourself, and even finish up a long interview you were logging. There are a lot of opportunities ahead of you.
Take advantage of what is around you while you’re here. Learn and make connections. Talk to everyone, ask questions, make connections. That’s what it’s all about.
In all honesty, this letter cannot do the experience justice. Just enjoy it all. You can read all these intern letters, but get out there and experience it firsthand.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Class of 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
“You only get out of life what you put into it.” “You need to remember these things so I don’t have to.” “Don’t you know who I am?.” These are some choice words from Mr. Mark Saxenmeyer–words of advice given by someone who truly knows the world of journalism and the menu at Starbucks. But seriously, Mark does have some great advice, and one perk of interning with Mark is that you won’t have to get any coffee.
Some of the reporters joke there is no way Mark needs seven interns (yes, there were SEVEN during my summer with Mark, although normally he says he works with no more than four at a time) to pick up his dry cleaning and order his iced lattes, but others can see how much work really goes into the in-depth stories of special projects. No matter how many interns are in the office at one time, there will always be a story to research, an interview to set up, a tape to log or a shoot to go on.
The best advice I can give in getting the most out of your time here at FOX is to get to know everything and everyone. Meet or at least say hi to the people in the offices around you–they are all extremely nice and can be helpful in ways you never expected. The other interns are some of your greatest resources–don’t try to compete with them, help each other out. If you don’t know something, never ever be afraid to ask before it’s too late and you make a mistake.
But most importantly, don’t forget this is a learning experience. As frustrating as some stories may get, they can only help prepare you for researching future stories. You can get something out of everything you do, no matter what career path you plan to take. Whether it’s organizing Mark’s b-roll tape drawers (an experience I will never forget), shooting a stand-up with Mark’s helpful critiques or anything in between, all of these experiences will shine a light on the type of person you really are and even expose your weaknesses. Don’t hide them. Show everyone at FOX who you really are so you can use their criticisms to become a better reporter, a harder worker and an asset to Mark’s team of interns. Well, you might want to hide your insufficient knowledge of pop culture. Mark will scorn you much more for not knowing who the Thompson Twins are (a Euro-pop musical sensation from the ’80s, I later learned) than when you forgot the third tallest building in Chicago on the intern quiz.
So good luck, have fun…and don’t forget to Twitter.
University of Illinois-Chicago
UIC Class of 2008
May 30th, 2008
To Whom It May Concern,
What can I say? First and foremost, take advantage of all the experiences here at Fox News Chicago. More importantly interact with everyone at Fox and especially with the lovely Special Projects crew.
The hands on experiences are priceless and are something that other interns can only dream of!! Interning in the number three news market is a great way to start your career!!! You will meet great people, you’re in a fast-paced environment which does not allow for too many mistakes, and it prepares you in every way to become a professional broadcaster! (But remember you will have to move to a smaller market to REALLY start your career; as MArk always says, you have to start from the bottom to make it back to the top!!!)
A few times when I would introduce myself to people in the newsroom as Saxenmeyer’s intern, I would get a laugh and “how is logging tapes going?” Truth be told this is not what the internship is about! You’re here to learn and assist Mark, but you’re also here to for your benefit as well! Mark Saxenmeyer is the funniest, most down to earth, intelligent perfectionist you will ever meet and come to know. Mark is so cool, that after a shoot he dined with me at a Harold’s Chicken in Englewood (it’s in the heart of ‘hood, y’all!) Even though he is a 23-time Emmy winner (as of this writing), do not not let this intimidate you. I learned to ask questions, be curious and pay attention to detail! Mark sure does!!!
Special Projects is the best place to be, simply put. You will have the chance to go on great shoots, meet great people, do interesting stories and even get a chance to interview people. My most memorable shoots included going undercover on a funeral fraud investigation and interviewing aspiring entertainers for a story about YouTube “celebrities” from Chicago. I can honestly say I have improved in all areas of communications and have taken all tips, self-constructive criticisms and advice from Mark to heart.
Good luck, have a fabulous time and learn as much you can at Fox News Chicago.
January 16, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:
If you are truly passionate about pursuing a career in broadcast journalism then I hope you take the time to read this letter carefully. My path to this internship is most likely different than yours. After college I chose a career other than Journalism. I entered the real world of business and became successful pretty fast. I decided that the life I was living was not the life for me, and that it was time to pursue a passion of mine: journalism. My options were limited, but I was diligent and fortunately came across an internship posting from Mark Saxenmeyer.
My time working with Mark at Fox Chicago and the Special Projects Unit has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This is not an internship where your daily activities include making copies and getting coffee. Instead, you are put to work from day one, investigating stories and following up on leads. You will actually become part of a team, with real responsibilities. The level of responsibility put on you will be greater than that of other internships, but so will be the rewards. This internship gives you the opportunity to work on your own story from conception to completion. There is nothing more rewarding than to see an actual news story airing on Fox Chicago–in which you played an integral part.
Other than having more responsibilities than other internships, you will have the unique opportunity to work with a professional journalist with more accolades than I can count. Mark not only is an award-winning journalist, but he is also a great teacher. Mark takes the time to make sure that this internship is a learning experience for you. Mark will offer guidance and advice at every turn, but you will be expected to make the necessary steps to learn independently. Mark will take you on shoots and will even allow you to ask questions to the interviewee. While on these shoots you will be able to practice your stand-ups, and receive honest feed back on where you can improve.
If you are looking for an internship just to get credits and pass the time then this is not for you. But if you are truly passionate about journalism and learning from the best, than working with Mark at Fox Chicago is where you want to be.
I cannot recommend this internship any more strongly. This opportunity, if you are fortunate enough to get it, is second to none. Above is my personal contact information. If you want to learn more or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
DePaul Class of ’09
February 5, 2009
To Whom it May Concern,
I am pleased to write this letter in regards to Special Projects reporter Mark Saxenmeyer and the internship he offers at Fox Chicago News. I had the chance to intern for Mark during the fall of 2008, during which time I was not only exposed to a wide range of interview, research, and story assembly methods, but I also actively participated in the development of each. I am an English Major at DePaul, and although my area of study is not directly related to reporting, I gained invaluable knowledge for any work environment. Not to mention that because of Mark, I am now considering a future in news reporting.
Ill admit that before my first day at FOX, I expected my tasks to include the commonly assumed intern duties: making copies, filling up coffee, getting mail. However, during Marks orientation and after my first day at FOX, I already knew these sorts of duties were not included. As Marks intern, I was able to research and pitch stories, pre-interview potential interviewees, set up interviews, follow news leads; I was an integral part of the team from the inception of a story idea until the story aired.
Additionally, I had the opportunity to take full advantage of FOX’s facilities and equipment, not to mention Marks valuable insight into the world of reporting. Mark set aside time for me to report on-camera stand-ups (elements of the reports that don’t involve interviews). With each stand-up, Mark gave me specific advice on how to improve my presence in front of the camera; throughout the season, I went from reporting like a complete robot, to actually having some animation in front of the camera. After each of Marks interviews, he always asked me if I had any additional questions for the interviewee. I appreciated that he not only took my opinion into account, but he sincerely felt that my input would benefit the story.
Perhaps my most hands-on experience was when Mark arranged for an intern-anchoring day. I was able to report the previous nights newscast from FOX studios anchor chair–developing my skills as a news anchor myself. Mark then took the time to edit the actual video and audio (from the real newscast) into my report. Every element of the news anchoring was authentic (other than it was being done by me!). I was given the opportunity to collect all of my on-camera experience and create a video resume. Also, Mark offered me the opportunity to rewrite any stories that we had worked on–allowing me the chance to express my viewpoints on the material we had gathered.
Most of all, Mark ensures that this internship will be hands-on and extremely beneficial because he genuinely cares in furthering his interns’ careers. All of the work that I did was work that Mark does as well. We had several discussions about how to establish myself in reporting, for the sole reason that Mark would like to watch me on air as well. While I hope to succeed as a reporter, I don’t think anyone hopes so more than Mark.
June 29, 2009
To Whom it May Concern:
I would highly recommend this internship to any student who wants to get a very hands-on experience in the world of broadcast journalism. I feel very fortunate to have had my first real life news reporting experience with Special Projects Reporter Mark Saxenmeyer. He’s a great person to learn from, who is well-respected by both his colleagues at Fox as well as other reporters across Chicago.
I am a student at the University of Chicago and we do not have an official journalism program. However, while I was studying abroad in Rome I discovered a newly launched program called Chicago Careers in Journalism, which was made for students like myself who wanted to hear about opportunities to network with professionals in the field of journalism and also to gain practical work experience. With the assistance of the woman who spearheaded the program, I was led to a great internship opportunity at Fox News Chicago in the Special Projects Unit.
The internship required that the student be smart, a fast learner, organized, motivated, and a hard worker. Interns were primarily asked to conduct extensive research and find interview sources, and I figured my experience with writing History papers had provided me with skills that could be transferred over to this internship. I can now say for certain that this internship would be a good fit for someone who has done thorough research and has an inquisitive nature, even if you do not have experience in a newsroom.
I learned what it takes to create a compelling story no matter the subject. The most fulfilling part of the job for me was realizing that I played such an integral role in the final product, as the research I gathered and sources I pre-interviewed helped to shape the package. Mark says we are essentially his Associate Producers, and while that may sound exciting, it means that as interns, you have real responsibility and are held accountable. Mark takes his job seriously and it’s your job to lighten his load and learn a lot along the way!
Every experience I had, whether it was watching Mark do a live newscast, going with him to interview sources, or pulling B-roll footage, I used as an opportunity to learn and grow. In fact, on my first day of work, I immediately started working! Mark and I drove around looking for parking spaces that violated Chicago’s city ordinances in terms of their size. It was great knowing that I was able to help out with a story as soon as I started, and didn’t have to wait weeks into the internship.
Another added bonus was that Mark allowed me to extend my internship to five months instead of the usual three, because I could only work 10 hours a week at first (as opposed to the required 16 hours week) and would have otherwise not qualified for the internship. This was incredibly helpful with my hectic University of Chicago schedule and other extra-curricular activities I was involved in.
Even if you aren’t sure if you want to have a career in broadcast journalism, this is an incredible opportunity to explore your options, while getting a very accurate look at what it really takes to succeed in this field. The skills you hone in this internship can transfer to many different careers. You should take full advantage of this invaluable opportunity to learn and ask advice from such a great reporter!
September 5, 2010
Dear Prospective Intern,
In the journalism industry, experience is key, and this internship provides that and more. As an intern for Mark Saxenmeyer, you will be given a glimpse into real world reporting and news broadcasting. There is no clich?d intern busywork-this is hands-on work that requires maturity, diligence, enthusiasm, and attentiveness. It is hard work, but the rewards are infinite.
Regardless of whether you are studying print or broadcast journalism, this internship is invaluable because it provides essential skills. You have the opportunity to see how stories develop from tips into a final edited product, observing every aspect that goes into a news package.
Not only will you be given the chance to see the inner workings of a major news station, you will explore the city of Chicago. Some stories will take you to places you never thought you’d visit, and you are given a new perspective on life across the third largest city in the country. It will undoubtedly be eye opening.
Appreciate the fact that you’ve been awarded this internship and be prepared to put in maximum effort. Under Mark Saxenmeyer’s tutelage you will come to learn many things about the modern news industry.
Best of luck!
Loyola University Chicago ’10
BA Communication Studies and Theatre
To Whom it May Concern:
First, let me say, I can’t imagine having a better internship. Mark is not messing around. I began working hard on the very first day, and that work lasted until the end. Most other internships use students to carry out simple tasks and busy work. Not this one!
When you work with Mark he allows you to act as an associate producer for his stories. You will take tips, conduct pre-interviews, attend shoots, pull tapes from the Fox archives, log tapes, and even do your own stand-ups (among many other responsibilities). All of these tasks are crucial to learn if you want to be in the broadcast news world. As a graduating senior, I came into this internship with basic broadcast news knowledge. I was undoubtedly overwhelmed and nervous on the first day, but I quickly learned everything I needed to know. I now feel that I can walk into any interview prepared.
Not only do you get to work with Mark, an extremely talented reporter, you also get to work with other interns who share the same passion for journalism as yourself. I was worried that this would be an extremely competitive experience, but quite the contrary. We all worked together on stories and I never hesitated to ask for another intern’s help. Everyone got along well, and I made some good friends!
In general, Mark is a great contact to have. He truly cares about his interns and is completely willing to answer any questions and give you constructive criticism on your own work. I know that I can contact Mark even after the internship. This is a great learning experience and I suggest if you have the opportunity to work with Mark, you should take it.
Fall 2009 Intern
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Class of 2011
December 1, 2010
To All Potential Interns:
If you’re expecting a typical journalism internship, you should stop reading this right now. If you want the most hands-on experience, with one of the most talented, most interesting reporters in this industry, read on.
From the first time I stepped inside Mark’s office, I knew my experience at FOX Chicago would teach me about the realities of the journalism industry.
After Mark handed me a current events test to gauge my current news IQ, he did something no other local news person had ever done with me before; he sat down and watched one of my pieces with me and told me how to improve it. While you’ll be working to help Mark finish his pieces, he takes a genuine interest in your work and helping you improve as a broadcast journalist. Over the course of my internship Mark coached me through standup exercises in the field, helping me polish my on camera delivery.
Most other internships force you into a role that’s really nothing more than a glamorized gopher. But Mark trusts his interns with a lot of responsibility, asking us to serve as his associate producers. This sometimes means long hours of logging tapes, sorting through email after email from tipsters, conducting pre-interviews over the phone, pulling tapes from the archive, and, of course, Googling for information until you can’t Google anymore.
In all this, Mark allows you to exercise your own news judgment. If you have an angle on a story, you can pitch it to him and if it’s good enough, your idea will end up on the air.
There is real opportunity in this internship. Don’t be afraid to tell Mark if you have a particular interest or skill that you bring to the table Coming into the internship, I had some AVID editing experience. So I told Mark and by the end of the internship, I had helped coordinate final video edits on five investigative pieces. I truly felt like his producer, making sure his reporting and his storytelling shone through on the air.
Each day working with Mark is completely different and that’s one of the truly rewarding things about this internship. I am so grateful and feel so lucky to have interned with Mark and I know I will be infinitely more prepared to go forward and succeed in broadcast journalism.