Purdue University North Central student Kayla Mrozinske, of LaPorte, was in the second day of her internship at WSBT-TV in South Bend when she got an assignment that many reporters dream about.
When President Barack Obama visited South Bend to give the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, she was part of the crew covering the event.
“I was brought in to help the photographer assigned at the South Bend Regional Airport,” she explained. “I was given a press pass and ended up 150 yards away from him.”
Because she was assigned to the airport and access to the president was strictly limited she was not able to get closer to the president or follow him during his visit.
“He did wave at us though,” she happily reported.
Mrozinske is a Communication major with a minor in English at PNC. She has her career sites set on becoming a television a reporter and eventually an anchor. She is also considering becoming a producer or working in public relations.
At WSBT-TV has varied responsibilities. She does interviews, creates story assignments, write scripts sorts and selects sound bites – whatever it takes to get a news show on the air.
On the job she’s met the mayors of South Bend and Elkhart and works with the top anchors of the station as she gets to know the broadcast business.
Her experience with the President Obama will be a treasured memory.
“I met the Secret Service members who are stationed in Chicago and Detail who travel with the president, and I met his advance team coordinator. We hung out with them for four hours until the president’s return. They were very nice,” she recalls. “This assignment was very unexpected and I am very grateful to have this opportunity.”
Mrozinske advises students to pursue internships if at all possible. “You need more than a degree to get a good job. The job hunt starts now, so get your name out. The internship has taught me more about the real world than textbooks.”
Her brother Jared is serving an internship with the University of Notre Dame athletic department. He previously was an intern with the South Bend Silverhawks baseball team.
When Mrozinske returns to PNC in the fall she will begin her junior year of studies. “Getting an internship so young has helped and is very important. Don’t to wait until their senior year to get one. “
She earned her internship after sending an application to the station along with a resume packet. After discussing her application with Dr. Scott Smithson, chair of the PNC Communication Department, she learned that Smithson knows someone at WSBT-TV Mrozinske contacted him.
“They already had my packet. I went in for an interview and got the position. The packet really did it for me,” she said with pride.