Interning at an NBC studio gave Elizabeth Andrews a taste of what the television industry is all about. Even with that experience, she admits still feeling a bit nervous about taking on an even greater challenge–working in a bilingual newsroom in Berlin.
With support from a fund established at Allegheny by Bill ’84 and Debbie Demchak, Elizabeth interned with Deutsche Welle TV, Germany’s international public broadcaster, in summer 2008. “Working in a foreign country allowed me to experience the work ethic of a different culture and see how they view world events,” says Elizabeth.
An English major and political science minor, Elizabeth spent the first month of her internship on the news floor, writing scripts for on-air presenters to read from a teleprompter. For the remaining two months, she worked with Deutsche Welle’s lifestyle and entertainment program. She helped to plan upcoming shows, translated reports from German to English, wrote news briefs, and assisted reporters in the field. During her last week, she even produced one of the shows, researching stories and deciding which reports to include.
“People at Deutsche Welle commented on my maturity and ambitiousness, which I know is a result of my supportive peers and professors at Allegheny,” says Elizabeth, who plans to study foreign affairs in graduate school and pursue a career in news, politics or teaching. “Professors expect a lot of their students, but I am finishing up my senior year feeling prepared to enter the work force and further my studies.”