Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Spring 2011 Site Review
Position: Administrative Intern
Student: English Junior
A day in the life of a TAMI intern begins by talking to my supervisor, Susan, and establishing what work is priority for the day. Some days, bringing in new collections and other “house cleaning” types of projects were top priority, while other days were focused on more research-based projects. The best thing about TAMI is that if you work hard and earn the trust of your coworkers and supervisor, they are willing to give you more responsibilities and more freedom to decide in what order you will accomplish you work. I am the kind of person who likes to make a list of small goals and then cross off as many things from that list in one day as I can, so working at TAMI was ideal for me. As a self-starter, I enjoyed the freedom to complete projects on my own schedule. People who have to ask a ton of questions to start a project may not be fit for TAMI because the people who work at TAMI do not have much time to keep explaining themselves. It is imperative that you do not fear asking questions, but also do not take advantage of the open communication in the office. Throughout a typical work-day, I could be responsible for bringing in new collections to the data system, packing up boxes to ship out, drafting emails to clients, editing Teach Texas materials, or researching a collection to determine the priority of its digitization. No single day at TAMI has looked the same, and future interns should be prepared for that.
Logistically, I worked about 3.5 hours 3 days a week. I had my own desk space with a computer, and I spent the majority of my time examining materials, researching them, and then entering them into the FileMakerPro database. The office is small and my supervisor works right behind me – in other words, this is not an internship where you can just goof off on the Internet. But if you enjoy films and want to learn, I do not think you would want to waste time anyways. I never even listened to music while I worked because listening to the communication in the office seemed vital to me. Besides, if you tune out, you miss all of the jokes and office bonding, which is a major part of the experience of working at a small, non-profit company like TAMI.
Spring 2011 Site ReviewPosition: Administrative Intern
Student: English Junior
The internship that I was involved in took place at Clear Channel whose site in Austin was located at Penn Fields on South Congress. I worked for AM 1300 The Zone which is the sports focused radio station and more specifically I worked for The Buck on Sports which is the morning show. Since it is the morning show I had to be prepared with early days since the show started at six in the morning. You do however need to show up around maybe thirty minutes earlier so that you can get organized and situated before the show. While at the station during the show you may have different responsibilities.
In the beginning you would add video and pictures to the website about things discussed during the show. You will also provide research and information for the questions that come up or statistics to enhance information they are already providing. When you are using the computer this much in the studio you are also expected to use the Stations Facebook page to post questions for listener involvement and announce guests who will be on the show. If you are not in the studio on the computer you may be in a small side studio which you would use to edit sound clips or upload sound clips or interview for the show to use on the air. The other option is that you will be with Ellie in the sound board room. The boards is where you will control almost everything going on the air. You control volume, music, clips, phone calls, and transitioning in and out of multiple prerecorded commercials. The good thing is that Ellie will be with you if you have a problem or any questions about what to do. The guys on the show and at the station are very friendly and helpful. They want you to do well because we do have an impact on the quality of their show and like to hire through their interns since they have an idea about your work ethic. The show ends at nine, but you usually stay for around an hour or more after the show to finish putting everything on the website or uploading the show onto the podcast. Afterwards they may give you events to keep your eyes on so that they have data for the show.
It is a fantastic experience and I deeply recommend it to any student who would be interested in this field of work.