Intern Stories: Catherine Treyz ’13 on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Position: Summer Intern at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Location: New York City
Description of what you did: I was a broadcast intern at Nightly News during Summer 2012, where I worked directly with producers on news and feature pieces for the evening newscast.
Major at Dartmouth: English with concentrations on popular culture and British literature

1. What was the most satisfying about your work?

From the first day, I was relieved to realize that my internship would be different from those portrayed on television sitcoms — there were no coffee runs. Immediately, I became an active member of the newsroom team and was often responsible for meeting the same daily deadlines as producers, designers, writers, and reporters. During the first week, I was trained by media professionals on how to use specific video editing and logging programs. I further developed those skills throughout my internship, editing videos for and previewing footage for news and Olympics pieces.

Although I was completing basic production tasks, it was truly awesome seeing even seconds of footage I logged and highlighted for producers appear on the national evening newscast. Luckily for me, as an Olympics aficionado, many of my assignments were completed in preparation for the London 2012 Summer Games. I also assisted producers and crew on a couple of on-location shoots, including a day spent in the Bronx filming the New York Yankees at their HOPE Week charity events. At the end of the summer, I was hired as a “runner” for NBC and MSNBC at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the hands-on production experiences continued. Overall, I was introduced to the truly multi-faceted field that is news media. The career options are endless.

2. What’s the best way to enter the broadcast journalism field? Any essential elements of preparation?

First, you have to like news. Whether you prefer broadcast over print is not important, because there are skills, like writing, that overlap in both fields. But your job will be variably different each day given the nature of news. You have to embrace that nature and you have to like that nature. Secondly, some experience, whether it’s through a campus publication or previous internship(s), in news or media is certainly a plus. It makes the adjustment to a professional newsroom easier and exciting. Also, there will be certain takeaways: You can apply the skills you learn when you return to work with your campus groups or in future jobs.

With that being said, it’s also very important to have an open mind and thick skin. Professional producers and editors take the time to show you how they start and finish a piece. They also talk with you and review your own work, offering suggestions and edits to a web piece you’ve spent hours working on. Take those moments as learning experiences. Some of the more interesting conversations I had with producers were about just two seconds of footage we were considering.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking internships in this field?

Be willing to try something different. For instance, if you’re interested in an editorial internship but get a media design or business one, don’t necessarily turn it down. Your interests can change — and that’s a good thing. Chances are good that you’ll likely experience editorial aspects in a business or design environment as well, or vice versa. It’s an interdisciplinary field.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

At this internship, I noticed my liberal arts background come into play. Because of Dartmouth’s curriculum requirements and liberal arts emphasis, I have taken courses in many departments. I incorporated skills and knowledge from classes in several departments into my daily duties. Dartmouth classes and experiences have pushed me to think deeply, act resourcefully, and ask important questions. In July, when the Aurora, Colorado shootings occurred, the Nightly office was quickly reacting to the breaking news and changing reports. My coursework in media research, statistics, public policy, anthropology, and literature helped me efficiently assist producers and communicate with others throughout the country.

As I approach graduation, I also realize how important resources like Rauner Special Collections and Jones Media Center are in pursuing my career path. There you learn valuable research methods and how to use similar and sometimes the same software media and production companies use.

5. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Interning at NBC was a wonderful experience. In fact, I was sad to leave on my last day! I definitely suggest browsing the NBC Universal career site if you’re interested in news, entertainment, sports, business, marketing, law, and, well, just about anything! I met interns from different departments and we all only had positive things to say about our internships. Take a look and apply!

Alumni Conversations: Garrett Simpson ’11, Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecure (India)

Position: Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecurePhoto of Garrett Simpson '11 on the job in India

Location: New Delhi, India

Short description of what you do: As PharmaSecure is still a young company, I’ve been helping out with a variety of things. My main responsibilities are supporting the product development team by defining requirements for new products and overseeing their development, data analysis, and monitoring of current products.

Degree at Dartmouth: Bachelor’s of Engineering focusing in Mechanical Engineering

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

The general work environment and the people I work with — the organization is very flat, and I’ve gained some great friends and mentors during my time here.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 

Networking — I audited a Tuck class my senior year, Intro to Entrepreneurship, and met the CEO (Nathan Sigworth ’07) after a class in which he gave a guest lecture. Ten months later I Facebook messaged him out of the blue during a week of intense job searching, asking him if there were any internships or fellowships available and luckily there were!

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Reach out to and network with alumni. There are so many amazing people, and they will want to help you.  There are some useful job sites/lists that are more geared toward social enterprise as well, like

5. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth’s Network is truly amazing.  I’ve only just started out on my career more or less, with just a handful of internships under my belt, but all of my gainful employment post-graduation has been the direct result of networking with Dartmouth alumni.  As I’m starting to look for my next step, classmates a few years older than me have given great advice on how to frame my job search in a way that will help me clarify my career goals.

Extra Drop-In Hours January 3 & 4: Get a Running Start on Your Applications

Are you a current Dartmouth student interested in applying for jobs and internships during Winter term?

The first deadline to submit application materials for opportunities posted through our on-campus recruiting program is January 15 — less than ten days after Winter term classes begin on the 7th. (These opportunities are just a small slice of the jobs and internships available to you, we bring your attention to them specifically as they have application deadlines early in the term.)

Career Services will hold extra drop-in hours early in the term to meet the demand, but if you really want to beat the rush, stop by Career Services (103 S. Main, 2nd floor of Bank of America building) on January 3rd or 4th for Drop-Ins between 1:30 and 4:00 pm.

First-come, first-serve slots to meet one-on-one with a career advisor will be available. Bring a printed copy of any materials you’d like to have reviewed during your Drop-In session.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

What Employers Want

Every year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) puts out a study of the top skills and qualities employers want to see from college seniors.

This year’s study is out and the results may be surprising to you: Above all else employers seek candidates with:

  1. The ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization and
  2. The ability to work in a team structure
  3. The ability to make decisions and solve problems

You can find the full study here.

The good news: All of the top three skills are benefits of a liberal arts education!

Career Blitz: Environmental


  2. Altenex – INTERNSHIP (ANALYST) (Boston, MA)
  3. Anschutz Entertainment Group – SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Audobon – EDUCATION INTERNSHIP (New York)
  5. Climate Reality Society – INTERNSHIP (Washington, D.C.)
  6. Columbia University – POST-GRADUATE (2013 – 2014) (New York)
  7. Earthjustice – COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP (San Francisco)
  8. Environment Massachusetts – FELLOWSHIP/POST-GRADUATE (Massachusetts)
  9. Green America Editorial Fellow – INTERNSHIP (Washington, D.C.)
  10. Green Citizen – INTERNSHIP/POST-GRADUATE (San Jose, CA)
  11. National Wildlife Foundation – RESOURCE (N/A)


Help a Fortune 250 company conduct assessments of R&D systems and physical areas, and implement initiatives to ensure internal and external compliance with Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.

Altenex, an innovative energy and emissions management network that brings clarity to emerging low carbon energy markets, seeks an intern to research Power Markets, renewable Energy Developers, write white papers and help identify new client prospects.

Work closely with Sustainability staff to design and develop sustainable education and communication support materials, and assist with managing relationships with non-profits and EPA partnerships.

Play a key role in helping to collect and analyze data for the TogetherGreen Volunteer Days program, distributing educational content, responding to public inquiries, as well as writing, editing, and content development.

Climate Reality SocietyINTERNSHIP (Washington, D.C.)
Gain hands on experience in political and policy research, message strategy and execution from a national non-profit dedicated to galvanizing the American public around solving the climate crisis. (Organization founded by Al Gore.)

Columbia UniversityPOST-GRADUATE (New York)
Interdisciplinary M.A. program designed to help students understand advances in climate science and forecasting and connect them with meaningful decisions. Graduates of the 12-month program work at the nexus of social science, climate science and public policy.

Gain first-hand experience in marketing and communications for a large, non-profit works. Work directly with Communications department at organization’s headquarters in to generate media coverage and brand awareness.

Environment MassachusettsFELLOWSHIP/POST-GRADUATE (Massachusetts)
Seeking recent college graduates with the passion, the commitment and the talent it takes to stand up to polluting industries, organize support and fight for our environmental values. (Apply now for 2013 fellowship program.)

Green America Editorial FellowINTERNSHIP (Washington, D.C.)
Research, write, edit and gain exposure to many aspects of magazine publishing while working on behalf of non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Eco-Center Manager Intern-to-Hire will be involved in all operations of the GreenCitizen centers in the Mountain View, Burlingame, and Silicon Valley Area. They will also be in involved in future expansion in the Cupertino, North San Jose, Fremont, and Pleasanton areas. This is initially an internship position, but there is an excellent opportunity for growth into a full-time position at the completion of the internship.

National Wildlife FoundationRESOURCE (N/A)
Free publication of best practices in designing, implementing and evaluation of student sustainability education programs gathered from 18 campuses. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation and Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Check out more Environmental Career resources here:

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

CAREER BLITZ: Communication


  1. DOCUMENTARY FILM – NYC – Social Media/Video Editing/Research & Design INTERNS
  2. FRANCE – Branding & Advertising – INTERNSHIP
  3. WPP Marketing Fellowship (Three 1-yr.) – POST-GRAD
  4. BrainJuicer  – Market Research INTERN
  5. Multicultural Advertising Summer INTERN Program
  6. FILM – Directors’ Guild of AmericaAssistant Directors Paid Training Program
  8. Huffington Post – Community Apprentice Program – POST-GRAD
  9. Associated Press (AP) – Google Journalism & Technology Scholarship $$
  10. Editorial Assistant – Music – W.W. Norton Publishing – POST-GRAD



1) DOCUMENTARY FILM – NYC – Social Media/Video Editing/Research & Design INTERNS:  Priority Productions (NYC) – Howard Weinberg (D alum) has been a producer/director and executive producer of notable public television and commercial television programs.  He advises other filmmakers as a script-doctor.  His company Priority Productions, Inc. began the TV LAB project as an educational documentary to inspire young artists, journalists and filmmakers by showing them the video history that changed the face of television.  For the Winter, Spring and Summer terms.   * See DartBoard – NIC Shared Internship Database  for full description.

2) FRANCE – Branding & Advertising – INTERNSHIP  Lighthouse, located at Neuilly-sur-Seine, specializes in the luxury & entertainment sectors with a focus on brand strategy and development, Clients roster includes: Braun, Calvin Klein, Nikki Beach, Elite World, Lalique, Moët & Chandon, Rizon Jet (GSSG Holdings), Estée Lauder, Piper Heidsieck Seeking a 3-6 month intern. Must be proficient in French Work with international creative teams (strategic planning, copywriter, artistic directors, etc) on (new) brand and communication platforms. Focus on selected high profile Film Festivals including Cannes, Deauville and Toronto. Email your Resume (with a photo) & Cover letter to:

3) WPP Marketing Fellowship (Three 1-yr.) – POST-GRAD:   Rotate through WPP companies, (branding, marketing, advertising, direct marketing, media investment, public relations, etc) in various international and national locations.   DEADLINE:  NOV. 10, 2012  

4) BrainJuicer  – Market Research INTERN:  Have a passion for psychology, marketing and understanding consumer behavior? BrainJuicer an innovative, award winning, unconventional market research agency in Chicago. Work with some of the world’s top advertisers in food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, financial services and electronics. As part of the BrainJuicer research team you will directly contribute to delivering high quality, innovative and insightful research solutions to clients. As an intern you will support research teams, working close with Senior Research Executives, Research Executives and Research Associates. $10 @ HOUR.   *Send your Resume and Cover letter to:

5) Multicultural Advertising Summer Intern Program (10 weeks) : Work at prestigious advertising agencies on various accounts, interact with advertising professionals on a day-to-day basis, and gain valuable professional credential that can help better position themselves in the marketplace.  DEADLINE:  NOV. 1, 2012

6) FILM – Directors’ Guild of AmericaAssistant Directors Paid Training Program – (400 days. L.A.):  Obtain motion picture and television industry training as directed by the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Directors Guild of America. DEADLILNE:  NOV. 5, 2012      

7) CAREER CONVERSATION – “JOURNALISM NEEDS YOU!”:  OCT. 26 (Fri) @ 3:30 PM in Career Services

Guest:  Joe Mathewson – Professor of Journalism – Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism ; Trustee Emeritus (Background in law and ethics, and business reporting and writing)

R.S.V.P.  REQUIRED by NOON on OCT. 25:

8 ) Huffington Post – Community Apprentice Program (6 mos.) POST-GRAD:  This intensive apprentice program helps develop your skills through a rotation of assignments working with a variety of editors in community engagement, social media, moderation, breaking news.  Based in New York.

9) Associated Press (AP) – Google Journalism & Technology Scholarship:  This new program, managed by the Online News Association, will provide $20,000 scholarships to 6 promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media. The program, funded by the Associated Press and Google, is targeted to individual students creating innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism. A key goal is to promote geographic, gender and ethnic diversity, with an emphasis on rural and urban areas.  DEADLINE:  FEB. 8, 2013

10) Editorial Assistant – Music – W.W. Norton Publishing – POST-GRAD:  The Editorial Assistant to support an editor of college and trade music books.  Includes management of manuscripts, interaction with authors, administrative and data management and auditing.

Check out the COMMUNICATION Career Link at

To make an Appointment with a Career Advisor, call 646-2215.

Ever feel like you don’t deserve that job or to be here?

You may have a case of the “Imposter Syndrome,”

U.S. News columnist Rebecca Thorman summarizes the situation

Imposter syndrome happens when you don’t feel good enough. You’re afraid that at any moment you will be found out. You feel unsure of what you’re doing, that you don’t have any expertise, and that you’ve just been “faking it” all along.

Read Rebecca’s six strategies for overcoming the Imposter Syndrome here. We particularly recommend #2 and #3 — especially useful when you have any set-backs!

Hey ’13s: Want a Job? Submit Resume Now for All Ivy+ Career Fair Leads!

All Ivy+ Career Fair Next Week!

The undergraduate and graduate alumni clubs in Colorado representing the Ivy League, Stanford, and MIT have come together to organize and host a career fair with 25+ employers from diverse industries.

The event will be held next Tuesday, October 9 in Denver but we don’t expect you to attend. Employers will be hiring for local, national, and global positions…

Dartmouth seniors are invited to submit a resume for a resume book that will be given to employers.  For full details on how to submit your resume via e-mail  for the resume book if you’re a senior, register here. There is no fee to participate if you are just dropping your resume.

Note: To make things easy for the Career Fair committee, send your resume as follows

  1. Title Your Email  “Dartmouth ’13 Resume for Resume Book”
  2. Upload your resume in a Microsoft Word or PDF format with a clear title: FirstName_Last_Name_Resume_Dartmouth
  3. Provide a phone number in your message and sign off with a thank you!

Not Finding Success Where You Want It? Lessons from the Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Even if you sprint to make deadlines, the process of applying for internships, jobs, and grad schools is generally a marathon rather than a one-time event.

At Career Services we’re especially reminded of this in the fall term — as sophomores and juniors apply for winter internships and seniors start to apply for full-time jobs. Given that not all organizations offer internships that align with the D-Plan, and many employers can’t anticipate how many new graduates they will need nine months before graduation — the process of applying for jobs can be highly competitive and you may find yourselves getting more rejection letters than anticipated before you get to yes.

With that in mind, we share this gem from Jay Forte that addresses how we can avoid losing hope when things don’t go our way by reframing situations.  Read up to learn about the many disappointments faced by Norman Bridwell, the author and creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog and how he turned a strength he didn’t know he had into his career. Do you see any take-aways you can apply as you think about your own career?

Whether you do or you don’t,(This phrase is ambiguous)  remember that Career Services is always here to help you open doors to your next opportunity. Stop by for a drop-in appointment — available Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:00 pm at our office at 63 South Main Street, above Bank of America.