Intern Spotlight: Katie Lambert
Katie Larsen Lambert, a senior at Utah State University in the Journalism and Communications Department, never dreamed she would be writing for the Deseret News this summer. When Lambert opened the email from journalism adviser Tim Olson she decided to apply, not confident that she would receive the summer-long internship. "I didn't really think I would get it, but I got a call from Brian West, one of the editors," Lambert explains. "He said that I was picked for the internship and I was really happy."
Lambert currently only has one more class to finish in the journalism department. From taking everything from the prerequisites to the specialized classes in print journalism Lambert feels that she got a very well-rounded education at USU.
"Some of those classes were really hard and I thought that some of the things I was learning wouldn't be helpful," Lambert said. "When I got to the Deseret News I found that I have used everything I learned in my classes on a daily basis. Without this background, I wouldn't have been able to do this internship."
Lambert said that the first week on the job was a big learning curve, but she was able to use what she learned previously at USU.
"Each one of my teachers had special experiences to teach me. I wouldn't have done as well without them," Lambert said. "It was a privilege to be in their classes and learn what I did."
It is this education that Lambert feels sets her apart in a competitive work field.
"The hard classes are definitely worth it. There are definitely classes that are really hard and there are times if you wonder if what you are learning you are going to use, but you use it all the time every day in the real world," Lambert said. "I would say that USU has prepared me well."