Every week, Broadside features a student or alumnus with a great internship or job to highlight the opportunities and potential earning a degree at Mason offers

Name: Becca Norris

Year: Junior

Major: Integrative studies major with an individualized concentration in media: production, consumption and critique with a minor in electronic journalism

Internship: Seventeen Magazine in NYC, N.Y.


What were some of your day-to-day responsibilities?

On a daily basis I was responsible for creating the daily clips for the entire office which was basically the news and gossip breakdown of the day. I was the executive editors intern and I basically did whatever she asked as well as doing a lot of research for our health editor.


What was your favorite part of the internship?

The best part, apart from getting my foot in the door of a major magazine, was the freebie table. Everyday items from designer makeup, books, designer accessories, shoes and more were put on the table and were up for grabs on a first come, first served basis. Needless to say, I got a lot of great stuff!


How have your classes at Mason prepared you for the internship?

Mason helped prepare me by teaching me the basics of conducting research for stories and just the basic principles underlying journalism in all of my communication classes.


What advice would you give to someone looking for a similar experience?

Be extremely persistent. When I applied for the internship I was going through the interview process during Hurricane Sandy so it took longer to be granted the position, but in the end I think part of it was because I kept calling and showing my sincere interest regularly.