Editor's note: Today and everyday through the rest of the week, we'll be posting guest blogs from the news interns who joined us this past summer. We wish them luck on their first week back at school.
by Joshua Clark, NBC Nightly News Intern, Summer 2007, Boston University
For all young men and women who aspire to be broadcast professionals, you would be well privileged to spend any part of your career at NBC Nightly News. I was asked to write about the singular highlight of my intern experience this summer but I assure anyone who reads this that the aforementioned task is quite impossible. It was all a blessing.
During my time at NBC Nightly News, I was given the opportunity to accompany producers on field shoots, submit story teases and pitches and assist with parts of segment production along with every other aspect of the broadcast. While many tune in at 6:30 p.m. EST and watch the news for a half an hour, I was part of the chosen few who help get the news on the air.
At the age of 20 my name appeared in the upper left corner of a script that was read for national news broadcast. I was also blessed to work with a group of young people (interns) who were as passionate and hungry for success as I was. I established long-lasting friendships that are sure to endure the years and survive coastal divisions.
And with all due respect and deference to all those who took us under their wings, nurtured us and taught us what it really means to be journalists, the intern class of summer 2007 is going to take this industry by complete storm. It is quite an amazing feeling knowing that one day you will rule the world while in the present, you stand atop the shoulders of giants. Not many people from my neighborhood had the opportunity to pitch their collaborative idea for a sitcom to NBC executives. It is rare in this day an age for anyone to work closely with a person, much less a group of people they have emulated since they were old enough to pick up a microphone and pretend that a hole in a cardboard box was a television.
We, the class of summer 2007, feel we are quite rare. But don't worry: it hasn't gone to our heads. More than anything we thank those who took the time to teach us about the business, the good parts and the bad.
Until we meet again.