How to maximize the internship -- a guide for interns and for employers commons

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brian Rosenthal of The New York Times; Cole Sullivan of WBIR-Knoxville; Rilyn Eischens of The News Leader
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Sugarland A
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Interns are ubiquitous in our industry, but their talents are rarely maximized, either for them or their employers - and especially for investigative interns and investigative employers. So often, we can see ambitious, talented interns who go through the internship without doing the work that both they and the employer wants them to do. What are employers looking for in interns, how can interns get the most out of the experience (and can contribute to investigative projects!) and how would employers get the most out of the experience?

Speaker Bios

  • Rilyn Eischens is an education and youth watchdog reporter for The News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. She previously interned at The Cedar Rapids Gazette, APM Reports, the Star Tribune and The San Antonio Express-News. Rilyn also worked for the Minnesota Daily at the University of Minnesota. @rilyneischens

  • Brian M. Rosenthal has been an investigative reporter on the Metro Desk of The New York Times since May 2017. Previously, he reported for the Houston Chronicle and, before that, for The Seattle Times. He was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Price in Public Service for a series that exposed how Texas was illegally denying special ed services to tens of thousands of kids with disabilities. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. @brianmrosenthal

  • Cole Sullivan is a reporter for WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, TN. He has covered everything from an investigative report on hospital wait times to a feature story about a dog rescued from a hole--and much more in between. Cole is a graduate of the University of Southern California and his work has been recognized by IRE, the LA Press Club and the Hearst Journalism Awards. Twitter: @cole_sull 

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