TCU Students Conclude Fall Term with Bob Schieffer

TCU Students Conclude Fall Term with Bob Schieffer

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Maha Neouchy
December 19, 2013

Over the last few years, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) has partnered with Texas Christian University (TCU) to provide journalism and strategic communications majors from TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in Washington, D.C. During their time in the nation's capital, Schieffer school students are given the opportunity to intern at a number of organizations including strategic communications firms, news agencies, and think tanks throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to participating in the 15-week TWC program, students were introduced to the nation's capital and attended a two-week course prepping them for their professional internships.


Face-To-Face with Bob Schieffer


At the end of the fall term, the group of TCU students came together for a special final exercise with renowned American journalist and TCU alumnus, Bob Schieffer. During this meeting, organized by John Lumpkin, Director of the Schieffer School of Journalism, each student was graded by four different evaluators based on their answers to Schieffer's questions, which ranged from their most comical and memorable experiences in the city to the important events that impacted students during their time in D.C.


Whether it was causing an entire D.C. Metro train line to stop running or covering major events such as the government shutdown or Navy Yard and Capitol shootings, the TCU students learned some valuable lessons along the way. During their meeting, Schieffer lauded the value of pursuing an internship with The Washington Center: “No one starts out with Walter Cronkite’s job. Walter Cronkite didn’t start out with Walter Cronkite’s job. There are no shortcuts. Some people move up faster than others, but everyone has to learn. It’s not just in journalism; it is in advertising and strategic communications. Internships open so many doors and lead to different jobs. Most of the people hired at CBS were interns.”


Schieffer encouraged the students to take advantage of informational interviews while they were in one of the most connected cities in the world, and discussed the importance of staying informed about current events taking place at the local, state and national levels. For Emily Atteberry, who interned with USA Today, U.S. military intervention in the Middle East was a topic of concern for her. "There were days we had no idea what was going to happen with Syria. I was concerned there was going to be military action. And in a post-9/11 world, that was scary to me."


By the end of the meeting, it became clear each TCU student was transformed in some way by their experience in D.C., whether it was being offered a job after graduation, or making connections and building networks that will last a lifetime. As Jaime Sporl, who interned at VIVA Creative, so eloquently put it during the meeting: "My internship taught me more about the real world and what my life will look like after I graduate in May. It taught me a lot about work-life balance, and I don't really think I could have received that type of experience anywhere else."


This semester, the 10 TCU students from the Schieffer School of Journalism included:


  1. Emily Atteberry, Intern at USA Today
  2. Michael Barrera, Intern at the One Campaign
  3. Kathleen Fosha, Intern at Office of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
  4. Brelle de Groot, Intern at RTC Relationship Marketing
  5. Jake Harris, Intern at The Daily Caller
  6. Samuel Hassler, Intern at Public Strategies
  7. Liliana Lamas, Intern at CBS News
  8. J.D. Moore, Intern at Sirius XM Radio
  9. Mary Muller, Intern at Center for Strategic & International Studies
  10. Jaime Sporl, Intern at VIVA Creative

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