By Stephanie De Lancey
One of the reasons I selected GW was because of the many internship opportunities available in Washington, D.C. However, as a Political Communication major, I never imagined that the internship with the most influence on my career would be in sports, not politics.
The decision to intern at Comcast SportsNet was one of the best I have made as a college student. It has completely changed what I thought I would be doing post-graduation. I have always had a passion for sports -- baseball in particular -- and interning at Comcast this semester has increased my knowledge of both sports and sports broadcasting tremendously.
Junior Stephanie De Lancey took this picture of a Redskins football game while on the field with her internship at Comcast SportsNet.
At Comcast, I am primarily responsible for the intake of video that is shown on our news programs each night. My typical day starts at 3pm with a production meeting for the 6pm news. Logging (making running notes about the details of video footage) becomes your best friend as an intern. Although logging a game, a press conference, or just a Redskins or Ravens package can become mundane, everything is what you make of it. My internship experience was not the experience it was because of the hundreds of hours of logs I compiled, which is the majority of what interns do. My experience was great because of my positive attitude and the initiative I took that allowed for more opportunities. Some of my favorite field moments include going to Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals games.
It was obvious from the beginning of the internship that getting to know the editors and associate producers should be a top priority. We were told at the beginning of the internship that we should sit in with them while they cut our highlights to learn how to cut our own. I think this is what set my experience apart from other interns.
During my third week at Comcast SportsNet, I wrote my first highlight that aired. It was a soccer highlight that very few probably paid attention to, but to me, it was an incredible moment.
After many hours spent watching and getting to know a few editors and associate producers, I found myself with an opportunity. One of the editors jokingly asked if anyone wanted to "cover" an interview (a technique that involves matching relevant video to content like an interview and editing it on top of the audio); I immediately said I would. From that opportunity, I have done at least one thing related to editing each day, and I look forward to further developing my editing skills.
Working in sports broadcasting resembles the sports covered; it is a career full of highlights. My biggest advice, especially when interning at a news station, is to never be afraid to ask to do more -- you never know if the answer will be yes.