My day-to-day responsibilities were pretty low-key. I usually wrote three stories a week and would go to the office unless I needed to go out on a story. In the office I would make calls for stories and research future story ideas.
During my internship, the Post was great about letting me pursue stories I was passionate about. My dream one day is to be a motorsports reporter so I really searched to find these stories. The best one I wrote was a profile of Joe Garone, the general manager of Furniture Row Racing, a Denver-based NASCAR team. He was a really interesting subject and I got to talk with some NASCAR drivers for the piece.
My other favorite experience at the Post was writing sidebars at two Rockies baseball games. I had no experience with professional baseball, but it was something I wanted to experience while at the Post.
During my first week I went to a game, and many players were thrown out after a Rockies’ hitter accidentally hit the Braves catcher on his backswing. I enjoyed the baseball stadium atmosphere and also would enjoy being a baseball beat reporter one day.
Overall, I learned so much in Denver. One of the biggest takeaways was just gaining the experience of working at a large paper. At first I was intimidated to work at such a well-known and prestigious paper like The Denver Post. But I quickly found out that everyone in the newsroom was kind, caring and helpful with any and all questions.
I think anyone who is interested on getting a well-rounded internship experience should apply for the AWSM scholarship/internship program.
Alexandria is majoring in print journalism at the University of Montana. Follow her on Twitter at: @avaldez