Working as a PLCA intern was one of the most invaluable, challenging and wonderful experiences I have ever had! At the beginning, I was struggling with imposter syndrome, wondering if the past four years in college have done enough to prepare me to work with experienced reporters at the Capitol. But when I got there, it all melted away as I met them and realized how they were eager to help me grow in this field.
This was my first time doing political coverage, and I really enjoyed being front and center of the legislative process. It was amazing to see how bills can change someone’s life and I got to be able to write about it as soon as it happened. I got to speak with many people from so many different backgrounds. And I truly appreciate being able to actively pursue interviews and pitch articles about things that I am passionate about. The reporters from every news outlet shared that commonality: passion. And they made sure to express how important that is in writing meaningful pieces that resonate with readers.
My writing also changed drastically. Every single person that I worked with guided me through their creative processes, and gave me many jewels of wisdom that will last for the rest of my career. I also built wonderful working relationships, and will always be thankful to have been able to work alongside them after connecting for such a short amount of time. Luckily, we were determined to make every moment count. And we did.
Shaniece Holmes-Brown, 2021 intern
Lincoln University, Class of 2021