Written by Brooke Cary – Program Advisor, IPJ
Each summer, students stand out because of their eagerness to learn, their dedication to their work and their living embodiment of gratitude, and Rosa Linde Rupert is definitely one of those students.
Rosa is the final stretches of a dual degree in philosophy and politics & economics from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She recently worked for her local radio station and organized a study trip to China where she interviewed the Chinese artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei. At the time of her interview, the artist was still under house arrest. The experience greatly impacted her desire to pursue a career in journalism and left her anxious to do more.
This was all just prior to hearing about TFAS through one of her university professors. After getting to know the program, Rosa decided to spend her summer studying journalism and interning in Washington, DC.
“Especially now, especially here [in D.C.], working at a foreign bureau as a political reporter is very, very exciting,” Rosa said.
This summer, Rosa interned with Al Arabiya, one of the largest Middle Eastern television news networks, regarded as a competitor to Al Jazeera. During her internship, she worked on research for live interviews, video editing projects and getting practice on both sides of the camera. Some of her highlights included attending a White House briefing and several State Department briefings. She also covered breaking news in DC, accompanying correspondents on their live projects and getting to know her supervisors.
“It was a really high-level internship in the sense that it was really challenging and interesting. So, I am really thankful that I got this opportunity through TFAS,” Rosa said. “Also, the skills I learned in the outside activities were also really helpful – like the networking seminar and the mentor breakfasts.”
Rosa had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and the Hirshhorn Museum, which was one of her definite favorites. She loved getting to meet other students from all over the US and felt that she got a better view of the country through her peers.
In the fall, Rosa will begin her Research Master’s degree in Social Sciences through the University of Amsterdam. She also intends to keep her finger on the pulse of political news by working part time as reporter. Rosa looks forward to staying in touch with her peers, colleagues and the mentors she met through TFAS.
“You are really are encouraged–and rightfully so–to go around and learn from others in the same situation, or others that have advanced already and to take their advice,” Rupert said. “I think it’s really valuable.”
For those who are looking to participate in a TFAS program, Rosa offered some of her own advice. “Enjoy it fully,” Rosa said. “Be present and open—also to the other students in the program, because that’s a really useful learning opportunity as well.”