Emily Wright

Emily H. Wright

Emily Wright

News-Editorial Student
Interned with Washington Spaces magazine

“The SOJ gave me the confidence that I could handle anything.”

Where did you intern and when?
I interned for Washington Spaces magazine from May to July 2007. I was an editorial/photography intern.

How did you hear about the internship?
One of the companies my mother, a landscape architect, works with advertises with Spaces magazine. I had always seen the magazine around the house because of that. There was no formal position offered on the Web site, but I sent in my application packet (a cover letter, resume and several clips) and the editor got back to me very quickly.

Was the internship a paid position or learning experience?
It was a learning experience.

What was the most important lesson you learned during the internship?
I was working as a photographer for some of the stories for the fall issue. I learned how to look for very particular details within the photos. For example, I had to make granite look interesting, so I had to find a specific detail in each piece of granite so it was eye-popping.

What other aspects of the internship do you think will benefit you in the job market?
The diversity of the pictures I took. I shot stories varying from granite to a portrait of a local artist. The first half of my internship was focused on being a fact checker for the stories written by the staff writers. However, I think I learned the most from the photography. The experience reassured me that photography must be a part of my career after graduating.

What was a typical day like during your internship?
I worked Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I fact-checked stories, met with my co-worker for advice and used the one-on-one time as a learning experience while we ate lunch. In order to fact-check stories, I made phone calls to all cited sources and verified that the information in the story was correct, like the spelling of an artists’ name. With the photography, I was responsible for making sure the art department got the photos on time. I also helped them lay out the stories using my photography. My official title was editorial/photography intern.

What advice would you give an SOJ student looking for an internship?
Apply for anything. Don’t be narrow-minded on where to take advantage of any opportunities.

How did the School of Journalism prepare you to succeed in your internship?
The SOJ gave me the confidence that I could handle anything.

What experiences from the internship will you be able to apply to your work at the School of Journalism?
It will improve the quality of my photography for my capstone class. As the photography coordinator for NE 459 with John Temple, I am responsible for the photography needed in the Morgantown area for the eight different publications involved in the capstone class.

If given the opportunity, would you do another internship? Why or why not?
Yes, this was my second internship, and I can’t wait for next summer. I’m looking into several magazines in West Virginia, in case I live here over the summer. However, I’m also applying to the United Nations media internship.