I was very happy to see a Tweet from Rafat Ali, founder of Skift, recently, because it featured one of our recent alums, Dan Peltier, who also did some great work for Amherstwire.com. Here's Dan, above, speaking to the Nightly Business Report, about tourism in Las Vegas, one of the beats he covers for Skift, which covers the business of travel.
Dan first met Rafat when I assigned him to do a presentation on him for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The conversation he had with Rafat led to a post-grad internship at Skift, which led to a job, which led to Dan living in New York City and working for one of the country's best media entrepreneurs in a very interesting industry. Not too shabby.
As Dan's experience shows, internships can really change your life. Each summer I ask our UMass Journalism interns to post a few words about their experiences, to give you an idea of what it's like and to get you started. If you are interested in a great internship next summer, it's never too early to start planning. Competitive internships (see below) all have fall and December deadlines, so if your goal is the big leagues, you need to get started now.
Meanwhile, read on to see what your fellow students were up to over the summer.