Written by Lily Harrison, Capital Semester Program Director
The temperature is slowly dropping and pumpkin-flavored everything has surfaced once again. DC interns Zoe Loza and Claudette Yazbek are particularly in tune with this seasonal change as they keep busy with exciting and challenging communications internships.
Zoe is spending the semester with the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association and Claudette with Al Arabiya. Both spend their days conducting research and writing articles on their findings. Zoe is responsible for a newsletter that is released every Thursday, and values the independence she has been given by her supervisor.
“I like the freedom I am given… I write and build the newsletters with minimal help from my supervisor. It is a lot of fun; I love being creative, and I have the opportunity to own my projects.”
Claudette spends jam-packed days at a prominent and growing broadcasting company, where she is fascinated by the colleagues she interacts with on a daily basis.
“I could not be more fortunate to work alongside some of the most accomplished journalists in the industry; the walls are adorned with pictures and thank you notes from President Obama and former President Bush, Hilary Clinton and Yasser Arafat to name but a few. It is an environment that welcomes my story ideas, allows me to hone my research skills, and emphasizes the importance of deadlines.”
As Zoe and Claudette continue their semesters interning in the nation’s capital, their experiences will surely continue to be profound and impactful. Washington, DC is a city that fosters valuable professional experiences for college students, and the opportunity to work in this dynamic environment is one that should be capitalized on. (Pun intended!)
To create your own unique DC experience, learn more about the Capital Semester Political Journalism program at http://www.DCinternships.org/CSPJ!