I was undoubtedly nervous walking into the Capitol on my first as an intern for the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association. I’d written a few stories about local politics and government, but nothing about the state. I had never even been to Harrisburg before I moved into my summer apartment, so I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the opportunity that was given to me. The first day completely changed those thoughts.
Every reporter I was paired with went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed to learn and grow as a journalist. They helped me come up with story ideas, reach out to who I wanted to interview and they sat down with me through each step of the editing process to make sure I understood what could make my writing better. They left me to be independent and figure out what I needed to do, but they were always close by if I needed help. By the end of the 12 week program, I felt like I was just another one of the reporters in the newsroom and I had the confidence to tackle stories I couldn’t even imagine going into the internship.
This internship connected me with so many talented people that have been a consistent source of advice as I have looked for a job after graduation. Any student looking to become a political reporter should apply for this program. There is no other experience like it.
Jaxon White, 2022 Intern
Bucknell University, Class of 2023