The Internship Series: Meet Leah Robinson
Written by Rachael Thomas
Photographs courtesy of Leah Robinson
Welcome to the Internship Series, where for the month of June we will be highlighting several college students doing a variety of internships this summer. These students will give insight into what they do for their internship and tips on how to prepare for one. For many individuals, completing one is required as part of their degree program. But beyond the requirements, internships provide the opportunity for personal growth and to create professional connections while doing what you love.
This week we’d like to introduce you to Leah Robinson! A senior studying broadcasting at Central Michigan University, Robinson is completing a television production internship as a Alternative Programming Intern at the CBS Television Network in Studio City, California. She’s works on all the reality television programs, specifically Big Brother, a show currently being taped on the lot. Robinson was also one of the three producers of this year’s Threads Fashion Show, a student production held annually at the university.
RAW Magazine: How is this internship aiding you in your career goals?
Leah Robinson: My internship is aiding me in my career goals because it is exactly what I want to do once I graduate. It is providing me with connections to individuals in the industry and giving me firsthand knowledge of what it is like to be on set as well as in an office.
RM: What did you do to prepare for this internship?
LR: To prepare for this internship, I made sure to get heavily involved in [the student-run television station, Moore Hall Television] on campus and began creating original content. I also connected with the T. Howard Foundation. Combining the two allowed doors to open.
RM: What are the three most important things people need to have prepared when applying for internships?
Resume and experience: In the broadcasting field, this is extremely important, especially if you do not have many contacts. But once you get your foot in the door, it is smooth sailing after that
References: No one wants to hire anyone without hearing good things about them from others. Make sure you give your references a heads up also!
Potential housing and funding options: Getting offered an internship and then not having housing or the funds to do it would suck. Plan ahead!
RM: Any other advice you’d give to people trying to get an internship in your field?
LR: Network! Network! Network! In many cases, it’s all about who you know.
RM: What is a typical day for you at your internship?
LR: A typical day at my internship is never the same but that is what I love about it. Monday and Tuesday I am in the office looking at decks, watching casting videos, screening potential contestants or simply watching our old content. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I am on set of Big Brother as a [production assistant]. I do whatever needs to be done on set, whether that be making runs, testing competitions, or cleaning up set.
RM: What is the most exciting thing you’ve done for your internship so far?
LR: The most exciting thing I’ve done is go into the Big Brother House. I’ve watched the show on tv so it was absolutely crazy to see where everything happens. Also, meeting [news anchor, CBS producer and host of Big Brother,] Julie Chen!
RAW Magazine congratulates you on all your hard work and dedication to your craft, Leah! We’re excited to see what fresh ideas you’ll bring to the broadcasting field in the future.