For most seniors, the last month of school is day-in-and-day-out drudgery, consisting of hours of mindless busy work and final projects. Students are taunted by the summer sun peeking through the windows, with every senior desperate for graduation and freedom. However, for the past few weeks, I have done something a little different. Instead of spending my last month of senior year in school, I have interned for TAP into Berkeley Heights.
At Chatham High School, seniors have the option of participating in the Senior Internship Program—for four weeks, seniors can partake in an internship of their choice, reporting to the office as opposed to the classroom. This year, my classmates worked in a variety of fields, interning for teachers, lawyers, and doctors. I interned for the online journalistic publication TAPinto.net, concentrating on events in Berkeley Heights. Through this internship, I have learned how to write concisely, consolidating the most important and newsworthy pieces of information into an article, how to introduce myself to strangers and interview them, and how to manage my time in regards to the flexibility of journalistic reporting.
One of the best parts of my internship was having the opportunity to speak to so many people I would have never met if it were not for TAPinto. I have met teachers, coaches, authors, etc., all eager to tell their stories—and I’m eager to share them. It’s nice knowing that you can provide the recognition so many of these events deserve, especially when the articles revolve around people doing good work for the community.
What else was great about my internship? Besides for the events I had to cover, a lot of my work was from home, meaning that as my friends arrived at school at 7:40 a.m., I could type from my bed in comfy clothes all day. I also liked that all of the events I attended were interesting, making my job of writing the article that much easier. Finally, my mentor, the editor of TAP into Berkeley Heights, Bobbie Peer, was awesome and incredibly helpful; whenever I was confused I could send her and email and she would be quick to respond, always with exactly the answer I was looking for.
I am so glad that in February, when first presented with the Senior Internship Program, I chose to do an internship. Working for TAPinto.net has been a rewarding learning experience. From writing to interacting with people, I have enjoyed all aspects of interning for a newspaper. And nothing is more exciting than seeing your work published!