Two Cents Worth – We are looking for a few good interns – Part II

Two Cents Column

About this time last year I wrote the following column putting out the word that we are looking for some good summer interns who want to get some real world experience at a newspaper. Being a big believer in working smarter and not harder, I am re-running the bulks of that column, as we are once again looking for some quality summer interns to help out here at the Weekly.

If your student is anything like I was when I was in school, they are beginning to look forward to their oncoming summer break. Days of sitting around, doing next to nothing, staying up late, and in general loving life.

However, these days things tend to be more competitive for kids. Everyone needs to obtain that extra advantage that will help them receive a certain scholarship, be accepted into a certain school, or land a certain job. So more often than not, kids are even busier in the summer because they don’t have pesky old school to keep them tied up seven hours a day.

Well, if your student has an interest in media and/or journalism, do I have a suggestion for you.

The O’Fallon Weekly is looking for interns to work through the summer, until the 2017-18 school year begins. We are looking for students who have a strong interest in what we do and want to learn more about it.

Interns will learn about writing and reporting the news, photography, digital media, print production, and more. It’s a great opportunity for a student that is interested in media to really dive in and encounter all aspects of what it takes to run a community newspaper in 2017.

Applications should consist of a resume, highlighting any relevant experience the student may already have. Did your student participate in yearbook, the newspaper club, or the broadcasting club? All are very relevant items to highlight. Also, please include a letter of reference from a teacher or advisor that touches on why you would be a good intern for the O’Fallon Weekly.  Applications can be mailed to The O’Fallon Weekly at PO Box 662, O’Fallon, IL 62269, or emailed to

The internships will begin around the end of May or beginning of June, whenever the intern is done with school and available to work. There will be expectations placed upon the intern of having to write so much per week. Interns WILL write! I don’t want anyone thinking they can apply and just take photos this summer. We had a great time last summer and I’m looking forward to another great time this year.

I’m a big believer in working with students that are interested in journalism. Since we launched the O’Fallon Weekly I’ve tried to find ways to bring in young people to help, giving them the opportunity to have their stories and photos published so they can build a portfolio and gain real world experience. I hope if you have a student interested in journalism, you would encourage them to apply.

Oh, and three of my four interns from last year asked if they could come back again this year. Take that for what its worth, but I’d like to think its because they had a good time.