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AETN Guest Blogger William Oldham - My Internship at AETN

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I had no idea what to expect being an intern.  I didn’t know if I would be the “gopher” or actually doing real work and perfecting my skill set.  What I did know, I didn’t really fit in the 24-hour news cycle of a traditional newsroom.  As a broadcast journalism major, I was more interested in writing and producing something that mattered for the public.  I focused on trying to locate the perfect place to internship and I landed at AETN.  

Located in Conway, AETN is nestled on the University of Central Arkansas campus.  It is literally at the corner of Sesame Street and Donaghey Avenue and the main structure shares the same Georgian architecture that you see throughout the campus of UCA.  

AETN is an affiliate of PBS and is Arkansas’s only statewide television network and broadcasts to more than 95 percent of the state and parts of the surrounding states.

However, in my short time working here, I discovered that AETN is much more than a TV station. While working for the Marketing and Outreach Department, I discovered that AETN provides its employees, interns and volunteers with a family-like atmosphere that fosters trust and helps build positive relationships with the people of Arkansas. The whole experience has been invaluable.  

As cliché as it sounds, this experience made me realize how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to hone my skills, and utilize what I have learned at the University of Central Arkansas. Many of the employees I encountered offered suggestions and provided real world experiences that I would not have had without an internship. I firmly believe that internships are great ways to gain experience and make connections in your profession and are incredibly valuable to one’s future.   

I am thankful for the opportunity to intern at AETN this summer. It was an honor and a privilege to get to work with the crew of  “Antiques Roadshow” and the staff of AETN. The lessons learned will provide me with the framework for my future endeavors, wherever they take me. 

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 AETN is incredibly grateful to Will for his dedicated and excellent work this summer. The Marketing and Outreach Department will greatly miss him!

Be sure to check out Will Oldham’s other featured blog posts “Tips to Beat the Heat” and "Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imagination."

 

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Interning at AETN

 

Author Will Oldham is an intern at AETN and Broadcast Journalism major from the University of Central Arkansas.