How to maximize the internship -- a guide for interns and for employers commons

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times; Cole Sullivan of WBIR-Knoxville; Rilyn Eischens of Minnesota Reformer
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Sugarland A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Interns are ubiquitous in our industry, but their talents are rarely maximized, either for them or their employers - and especially for investigative interns and investigative employers. So often, we can see ambitious, talented interns who go through the internship without doing the work that both they and the employer wants them to do. What are employers looking for in interns, how can interns get the most out of the experience (and can contribute to investigative projects!) and how would employers get the most out of the experience?

Speaker Bios

  • Rilyn Eischens is a data and education reporter for Minnesota Reformer, a nonprofit newsroom in the Twin Cities. She previously worked as an education reporter for The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. @rilyneischens

  • Brian M. Rosenthal is a metro investigative reporter at the The New York Times. Previously, he covered government for The Houston Chronicle and The Seattle Times. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. He also was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for a series that exposed that Texas was denying special education services to thousands of kids with disabilities. He is a member of IRE's board of directors

  • Cole Sullivan is a reporter for WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, TN. He has covered everything from an investigative report on hospital wait times to a feature story about a dog rescued from a hole--and much more in between. Cole is a graduate of the University of Southern California and his work has been recognized by IRE, the LA Press Club and the Hearst Journalism Awards. Twitter: @cole_sull 

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