An Intern Reflection

Jared Hamm | Intern

I have only been an intern at the Palisadian-Post for one summer and I truly got a taste of

how it is at a real newspaper. I had been a junior reporter for five years, writing articles about things I had done, with my first article being from when I was 9 years old.

Since the first time I had seen my name in the paper, I realized that my article was all over the Palisades. I wanted to one day make it out of the Kids’ Page and get an article that wasn’t written by a kid but someone who worked there. That little dream came true over this summer when I got my internship.

Photo courtesy of Jared Hamm

The internship brought me my first taste of what it’s like to work in a real office. I got used to sitting at a desk for hours at a time, hearing the phone ring, causing you to forget a great title you came up with.

But I also learned about having people in the office working around you. The entire team at the Post was very nice and funny. Although I think I only got lucky based on what other people have to say about their coworkers.

Even with my work at the Post being limited and generally being given the shorter, easier tasks, I still figured out that it was harder than any schoolwork I had done. With each new article, having to learn about a new movie or event, my brain felt like mush, but I couldn’t help enjoying every last minute of it.

That enjoyment came from me knowing that people had actually read something I wrote, not from the wall of a classroom, but from a real newspaper.