Tips for landing an ABC News internship

“Straightforward news. Straight to the heart of the story.”  This is the commitment at ABC News and why more Americans choose ABC News, making us America’s number one news source.

It’s extremely exciting to have such a prominent and reputable news organization within The Walt Disney Company.  They also offer many fantastic internship opportunities for the spring, summer and fall seasons, including experiences that put you side by side with Emmy-awarding winning storytellers.  These internships are also extremely competitive, so how do you stand out and make your story shine? 

Tip 1:  Be curious and love the news.
Most people who work in the news industry will readily admit that they are news junkies, but they don’t just get their news from one source – they get their news from many different sources!  It’s important to see and understand different sides and perspectives.  It’s important to be aware of what the competition is doing.  It’s important to consume news and be aware of the different platforms. 

Tip 2:  Do your homework and be prepared.
Many of our production internships are with specific news shows: Good Morning America (GMA), Nightline, 20/20, The View, World News Tonight with David Muir, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.  These shows are looking for students who are knowledgeable and even fans of the show.  Now, I know the typical student doesn’t have time to sit down and watch GMA or the evening news at 6:30 p.m., but you can find episodes and content online.  Do your research and be able to talk about format or specific topics the show has covered recently.  Know who the hosts are.  Apply for shows that you have a genuine interest in and want to pursue that type of news (entertainment, politics, global, long-form, etc.).   

Tip 3:  Understand the role and how it aligns with your career ambitions.
Do you want to be an on-air talent?  Then these are not the internships for you.  Our internships focus on production, support- creating content and delivering stories to our audience.   I’m not saying that you can’t or shouldn’t apply for our internships if you aspire to be the next Robin Roberts, but make sure you understand the responsibilities of the internship and can articulate why you want to do the work.   

Tip 4:  Let’s see your personality and professionalism! 
Your first impression is your resume and cover letter.  Make sure your resume is easy to read, concise and highlights all relevant skills.  Your cover letter should show your personality and professionalism.  Tell us why you would love to work at ABC News and what you bring to the table.  Let us know if you’re an admirer of the company or the work we do.  Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm in your voice if you have a phone interview.  Know what internships you applied for.  Be prepared.  Show up early if you have an in-person interview.  Dress to impress.  Bring copies of your resume.  I think most people will agree, the basics never go out of style.