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    The News Argus, April, 1982, Page 3
Internships Give Students Experience
Gaining Practical
Tracy Dawn Hicks is an intern for WXII-TV. Here she demonstrates how she reviews the times designated for com-
Knowledge mercials and public service announcements. (Photo by Beaufort Bailey)
radio station WAAA for one semester, helpful in showing her the broad-
She was doing on-air reporting by the casting operations of the station. At
first she just practiced her broadcasting
techniques by making recordings. But
By Darryl Scales
Internships are a growing part of the
mass communications minor at
Winston-Salem State University. In
ternships are a way to give students on-
the-job training in their majors prior to
Clarence Thomas, the co-ordinator of
the mass communications minor, ex
plained that there are two types of
interships. One type comes through the
university. This occurs when a com
pany asks the school to screen students
for a position. This way is ususual
because most companies already have
plenty of applicants for interships. The
second type of intership is much more
common. This involves the student
applying to companies and finding
their own job. Then the school sets up
the details such as how many credits
will be given.
One other alternative is the co
operative education program. This
program finds jobs for students in all
areas. This program also allows for the
students to get credit for their jobs in
college. Pay is often given for this type
of internship. The co-op program is
headed by Saundra Sosnik. It is located
on the basement floor of the Alumni
The first intern from the minor was
Millard James. He graduated in 1981
and was hired immediately by televi
sion station WXII after his internship
with them ended. He worked there for
one and a half years before going to
graduate school at Syracuse
Another 1981 graduate, Clara
Williamson, was the second intern. She
worked in the news department at
time her internship ended.
There are also two other students who
are currently interns. One is junior
Tracy Dawn Hicks. She works for
WXIl-TV. Gail Bohannon, who is also
a junior, works at WAAA Radio.
Ms. Hicks’ job is in the traffic
department which works very closely
with the sales operation department.
She observes how they schedule
commercials and public service
announcements. She also has an
opportunity to review exactly how
closely the schedule has been followed
on a broadcast day.
Ms. Bohannon’s experiences at
WAAA have been somewhat different.
She says that State Alexander, the
WAAA news director, has been very
now she gets to announce some news
over the air.
Both ladies would like to go into
broadcasting eventually. Ms. Bohan
non wishes to enter some aspect of
news reporting. Ms. Hicks would like
to go into management.
Mr. Thomas adds that he is constant
ly trying to place more people into
internships. He now has students under
consideration for internships with the
Piedmont Association of Advertising
Agencies and W'FMY television. He is
also working to get students at WAIR
Radio, the Capital Broadcasting Com-
panv and WSEZ-FM radio station.
Cluster Awards
From Page 1
University Choir and Alpha Phi
Omega Fraternity. Davis, a 1981
graduate of William Fleming High
School, was named the Outstanding
Freshman of the Business/Industry
Cluster. He is a Reynolds Scholar and
a native of Roanoke, Va.
Mrs. Johnson was named the
Outstanding University Employee. She
is the Director of the Enrichment
Center, Standard V Chairperson of the
NCATE Self-study (National Council
for Accreditation of Teacher Educa
tion), Chairperson of the Art Depart
ment and Chairperson of the Search
Committee. She also serves on the
Student Organizations Committee,
Lyceum Committee and is an
Academic Advisor on the General
Studies Committee.
Western Electric won the Outstanding
Business/Industry Cluster Member
Award. The WSSU Business/Industry
Cluster is comprised of more than 50
local and national businesses which
assist the university through such ser
vices as career counseling, permanent
employment for graduating students,
cooperative education assignments and
internships, visiting professors,
technical assistance and gifts and
A Generous Contribution
of the WSSU Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented Chancellor Covington a $200 check for the
uT.eX'sElnZZn, Campaitn. P,%cip.,im in ,„e presen,a,ion are Mr. Roland Warn and Dr. BerneUJones ad-
ZJ Arrinston Jones Leon Powell. James Allison, Cedric Jarman, Nathaniel Johnson. X>r. Covmgton, Hazel
Tashinton. Timothy R. Williams. George Connor. Elliot Lemon. Allen Ward and Kenneth Pitts. Dr. Covington remark
ed that this is the first contribution made by a student organization to the Enhancement Campaign.

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