Are you an interested journalist? A budding writer who enjoys community events? Write for the newspapers and earn college credit too. This community is full of talent, and talent needs an outlet. This summer, why not sign up for The Tribune internship through Lone-Star College Kingwood? For more than a decade, The Tribune’s editor, Cynthia Calvert, has served as the journalism professor in the Lone Star College-Kingwood Communications Department and has provided students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience in the areas of reporting, photography and advertising. “So many other classes teach you from a textbook. This internship is very hands-on from the very first day. I love it already,” said Kristen Washington, a new intern getting a head-start on the summer session. Many of the students in the class enjoy getting to know their community better by covering its meetings and activities. Writing for a newspaper keeps them busy and every day brings something new. Students get an opportunity to write features, opinion, crime, sports, government, education and community stories. Many of these students keep their connections with the newspaper long after the class ends. Some students continue to help during holiday breaks from school, others continue to write as correspondents and still others accept permanent positions. Students interested in joining the class must enroll in Reporting I (Comm 2311) by the first day of class, June 7. One doesn’t have to be working on a degree to enroll. Anyone, at any age, with extra and a curious nature are welcome. The schedule is flexible and can accommodate most schedules. “We are flexible with the time constraints. Our college students can still work part-time and do this too,” said Calvert. Details are available at Lone Star College online. “This class was amazing,” said Caroline Giese, one of the current interns, “All the people you meet are wonderful and you get so much variation in the field experience.” During the class, students attend weekly staff meetings where they commit to serving “office hours” and receive story assignments. Students produce work that becomes part of their professional portfolio and they are required to keep a journal documenting everything they learn along the way. The weeks fly by and portfolios that can be handed to prospective employers fill quickly. “You will gain work experience in a highly competitive and unique field that will drive you in the right direction for a career in communications,” said intern Liea Torres. “I highly encourage participation in this internship, The Tribune staff is amazing and welcomes all. This has been a life changing experience!” Photo: Interns Liea Torres, seated, and Caroline Giese discuss assignments during their internship. Photo by Kathy Parks

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