Describe a typical day/your major projects/responsibilities on your internship.
Every day at Redskins Park is a new adventure, but I start my shift every morning checking the online content that has been syndicated to us from our partners. The team has partnerships with Comcast Sports Network, ESPN 980, which is a local am radio station, and NFL Films. Periodically these partners will send us content pertaining to the team and as interns, we review the content and determine whether it is appropriate for the website. Website appropriate content provides both a positive outlook on the team and is something our fans would want to watch. While the Redskins Broadcast Network is a news organization, we also serve a public relations role for the team as well.
Beyond the daily maintenance of the website, we spend most of our time editing our own content, or filming interviews with players. Currently we are finishing up a segment that will likely be used on a TV show during the year and eventually published on the website called ‘Meet the Redskins’ where we interview players about their lives off the field. Meet The Redskins interviews were conducted throughout the month of May and early in June and are now being finalized in post-production for publishing.
Describe the workplace culture/environment.
Things are relatively laid back in the office on most days around this time of year just because we are in a slow period between the end of Mini-Camp and Training Camp in July. When we have things to do, the office is still a fun place to be, but is a place where productivity and efficiency are necessary for success.
Share what you are using from your classes, things your involved in, etc.
There have been plenty of instances where I have been able to connect my internship with the Redskins back to my time in class here at CNU. From learning about lighting schemes and framing in Dr. Center’s Media Aesthetics’ class, or the most efficient ways to make content go viral from Dr. Billinson’s Communication and Social Media course. There have been plenty of things that this internship has validated for me but I think the biggest one is that you should definitely get involved in clubs and organizations that will help you further your career goals. Social organizations and intramural sports are all well and good, and I have had a blast participating in these things though out my time at CNU. However, I can say without a doubt that my experience in CNU TV, The Captains Log, and working in CNU Sports has given me much needed skills and preparation to be successful in supplement to what academics have given me as a base.