I joined the Portland Senior Experience program knowing that my internship would most likely not be in the field I plan to enter after graduation, and that was a little hard for me to grasp. Although I’m not getting to work in the newsroom with reporters and anchors, I don’t take my current internship for granted.
Once I got my internship placement, opportunities began knocking at my door immediately. My boss let me know there was a high possibility I would get to work on the State of Black Oregon project, one that happens every five years. I’ll be travelling throughout Oregon and interviewing African Americans on their experiences here. She also informed me that I would be able to travel with her to help recruit high school students at a journalism conference in San Diego. I’ll also be tagging along with her to high schools where she helps students with journalism and their school newspapers.
With these opportunities I’m getting to do what I love, especially with the State of Black Oregon project. I’m very passionate about race relations in the state and am overjoyed that I get the opportunity to be a part of such a special project. One of my main goals since I began studying journalism was to give a voice to those whose voices are often left unheard, and this project is letting me do that.
On a lighter note… 🙂
My time in San Diego was amazing. The city was beautiful, the people were friendly, and the conference was very successful. At the conference we had a table in the convention center and we talked to the students about the University of Oregon and the School of Journalism and Communication. We met students from all over the United States. There were students from Arizona, Idaho, and Texas. We even met some students from our neck of the woods! Our table was full of cute rubber duckies, pencils, highlighters, Post-its, cups, Quack Facts, look books, and admissions information. There was a consensus from all the students that we had the best swag!