Intern Insider - Liz Torrey '17
By Liz Torrey '17, November 01, 2016
From June to early August of 2016 I worked for Fox News in Washington D.C. I rented an apartment just over the Potomac in Arlington, Va., and spent every Monday through Thursday taking the metro to and from Union Station, the closest metro stop to work. My position was called "College Associate," and there were about ten other interns starting on the same day. We were in the top two percent of applicants, they said. I worked in the FoxNews.com division, researching and contributing to political articles, and eventually writing my own. I was published online, under the Politics tab of FoxNews.com, and I had the amazing opportunity to meet Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge. On Fridays and Saturdays I was free to sightsee, and I took full advantage of those days.
On Sundays, I would sit on my apartment's fourteenth floor balcony and see the Pentagon down the street, Reagan International Airport on the right, and the Potomac River on the left. If I went up two flights to the rooftop terrace, I could see the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument.
For me, it was an exciting summer – I was on the cutting edge of breaking news across the country in a presidential election year and forged some great relationships that I hope will help me advance my career. I went through the process of finding a place to live in a large metropolitan area by myself. I experienced what a daily commute to work is like in a big, bustling city. I was able to indulge in all the amazing things our nation's capital has to offer, and I never got bored of a constantly moving city and constantly changing newsroom. I have always considered living in D.C. after college, and this summer was a great test run for my ambitions.
For three years before I got the phone call, I knew I wanted to work for Fox News in D.C. Being able to achieve that goal, based on my own hard work and motivation, was extremely rewarding. For other students who want a similar internship experience, I recommend setting your goal early and working at it relentlessly; I have no doubt in my mind that it is an attainable goal, and well worth the wait.