Katie Meek, a junior Photojournalism major and Entrepreneurship minor from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was recently selected as a recipient of the Scripps Howard Internship in San Francisco, California. This nationally competitive internship attracts budding journalists from around the country, providing them with the opportunity to work for a daily newspaper in the bay area. Meek will be interning for the San Francisco Chronicle, shooting photographs for the most widely read newspaper in northern California.
Initially hearing about the Scripps Howard Internship through faculty and students in the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Meek added the application to her already lengthy list- nineteen summer internship applications in all. When asked about the application process, she explained that “most every photo internship requires the same three documents from applicants: cover letter, résumé and portfolio.” As she continued her description of the application process, Meek said, “The main change […] was crafting a cover letter which was specific to the Scripps Howard Internship Program to accompany my application,” an important aspect that the application review boards look for specifically.
Meek’s advice for other students in regard to applying for summer internships is simple: “Apply, apply, apply. Apply for things that interest you, apply for things you don’t think you have a shot at getting, apply no matter what.” She believes that the experience gained from completing each application is valuable, and the potential opportunity that each application represents is well worth the time spent organizing portfolios and proofreading résumés.
Katie Meek knows that her time spent this summer working for the San Francisco Chronicle will provide her with new connections and hands-on experiences that she can draw upon when she chooses a career path after graduation. She urges her fellow Honors students to pursue internships with “perseverance and vigilance,” the qualities that now allow her to call herself a Scripps Howard Internship recipient.
Arete contribution submitted by Amber Thompson