Sophomore Kelsey Lansing is finishing her internship as a reporter for the Eastern Iowa Media Group. She splits her time between three different newspapers: Dyersville Commercial, Cascade Pioneer and Manchester Press. Kelsey is also preparing to return to Loras as executive editor of the Lorian, Loras’ student-run newspaper.
What does a typical day at your internship look like?
“My internship experience is unique because I am able to set my own hours in some ways. For example, during fair week and after fair week I had a lot of hours. Overall, a general day typically involves me being in the office working on articles and stories. But some days I’m out and about taking photos and covering various events.”
How did Loras prepare you for the internship?
“Our curriculum is always focused on the real-world aspect. Being able to go into this internship with some of that knowledge was nice. Another major factor was my experience with the school paper, the Lorian. I was fortunate to be able to experience a lot during my first year and now I am the executive editor as a sophomore.”
What do you hope to gain from your internship?
“Experience mostly, and all the other lovely things that come with. From building relationships with coworkers in learning more about the field of journalism. So far it has been an incredible experience and I have learned quite a bit. My biggest hope though is that I am able to gain more knowledge that will help me fulfill my position as executive editor.”
“The flexibility that the job offers and how it is always changing. For me, my days are never the same because each week I have a different story to work on and new photos to take. Because of this, I feel like it’s never a dull moment and I really truly enjoy that.”
What advice would you give current interns or those thinking about it?
“Just to go for it, you never really know what you may or may not like. An internship is a perfect opportunity to get firsthand experience before truly committing to something. For us college students, it’s nice to get a feel for careers before actually diving in. I personally would recommend internships, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next couple of years bring!”
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