Carla Tooma had the time of her life in 093, completing the years final semester abroad in Washington DC as part of the Washington Internship Program (WIP).
The Bachelor of Journalism student spent September to December in Washington, where she worked as an intern on NBC’s TODAY Show and undertook classes at the Washington Internship Institute where she focused her study on American Politics.
“So far I have found the program very rewarding and a little challenging too. I have had to learn to adapt to a constantly busy schedule and I have learnt so much, especially at NBC” said Carla.
The internship program works on a five day a week schedule, with four days dedicated to an internship and the last day set aside for classes. Students quickly become accustomed to a full working week and the demands that come with it.
As part of her internship Carla has found herself starting her day at 5am, assisting with shoots, working on interviews, typing up interview transcripts, feeding tapes to other bureaus, researching stories, choosing footage and even lending her hand to some camera work.
When asked about her experience Carla said: “Working on the TODAY show has been amazing. No two days have been the same and I never know who I am going to meet. I also love the fact that the Washington Bureau houses not only the TODAY show, but the local NBC news, the national nightly news, MSNBC, CNBC and many other political programs, so I am really able to get behind the scenes access.
Carla initially explored the idea of the Washington Internship Program on the advice of a friend as she wanted to complete an internship and a semester abroad, both of which The Washington Internship Program offered.
Administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Washington Internship Program aims to provide students with extraordinary opportunities to enhance their study experience all the while gaining credit for their Bond degree.
“I would definitely recommend the program to anyone looking to do a worthwhile internship, or for someone who wants to do a semester abroad. You will get the chance to live in a new city, in a new country, whilst gaining invaluable experience in the field you choose”said Carla.
You can follow Carla’s blog at carlatooma.wordpress.com