Published on May 8, 2014
Caitlin Crawford Landed The Opportunity Of Her Dreams With Confidence And Determination
University of Oklahoma graduate and Dallas native Caitlin Crawford got the internship opportunity of her dreams when she was chosen for the chance to work with the media department of the Dallas Cowboys. She was a longtime fan of this football team and was excited to be a part of it all and put the skills she had learned in the broadcast and electronic media program, which she graduated from in 2013, to good use.
When applying for this position Caitlin realized the importance of submitting some samples of the high quality work she had produced in school, which in this case included some of her best articles. It's necessary in such a highly competitive area with few positions available that one stand out from the crowd, which she clearly did, landing her a phone interview.
Her advice to others who also hope to get a chance like she did, is to first of all work at gradually becoming more at ease in front of the camera, an essential skill in this field. Excellent written communication skills are also a must, such as those demonstrated by Crawford in her well-written sports articles. Technical know-how when it comes to producing quality video work is another key quality applicants need to possess.
This internship opportunity gave Crawford the chance to put what she had learned in school into practice. She not only became more at ease standing in front of the camera, but she also had ample requests for applying her knowledge and familiarity with numerous editing programs, and even got to operate a newly acquired playback system which she alone was in the know about.
Caitlin knew it was a good idea to be well prepared for her internship, so she went about doing her homework and learning all she could about the team's history, players, staff, and game scores. She was able to enjoy two summers in this internship position when classes were not in session, and they even invited her to help produce other features during her holidays.
Her typical work day as an intern would vary. When interviewing players, she needed to do some careful scheduling since it was the off-season and they may be available at random times. She was involved in the production and coverage of televised programs during the training camp, and had to come up with some quality scripts and ideas for features based on each day's events.
In Crawford's opinion, the Dallas Cowboys and other major sports organizations like it value certain abilities in those who work for them. Those who are punctual and do not watch the clock are appreciated here, as are those who demonstrate dedication, persistence, and the willingness to learn from their mistakes. Having a strong work ethic, being an "ideas person", self-starter and always conducting thorough research is also valued highly.
Her time with the Dallas Cowboys was truly inspiring to Caitlin Crawford who aspires to have a career in sports broadcast journalism. With this experience to add to her resume as well as her involvement with the school sport newscasting department, she is likely to find a rewarding position with a news station or sports organization.
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