I interned at the Colorado Springs Gazette this summer as a general assignment sports reporter. My first assignment on the job was definitely one of the most unique experiences that I have ever had as a reporter. I was sent to cover the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a famous motor sports race to the top of Pikes Peak. I got to spend the majority of my first week on beautiful Pikes Peak, learning to cover a sport I barely knew anything about. It was definitely the most breathtaking reporting experience I’ve had.
During the rest of my internship, I covered a huge range of sports: Broncos training camp and the first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, a Colorado Rapids MLS game, a rodeo, college football, minor league baseball and more.
I learned so much about the Colorado sports culture, and I learned how to find a good story in something as small as a dog agility competition. I’m so glad I got to spend my summer in Colorado and had a great time learning to be a versatile reporter.
I would recommend that someone apply to this internship if they want a lot of responsibility and independence. This internship will give you a great feel for the newspaper business and lots of individual responsibility.
Kahler is a senior at Northwestern University, where she is studying journalism. Follow her on Twitter at: @kalynkahler