Through interning for Madison Commons, I have been able to substantially improve my website development skills including WordPress, HTML and CSS. Additionally, I have gained insight behind the curtain of a hyperlocal news organization, providing me with invaluable experience as I move forward with my career. It has also been an incredible opportunity to have professional editors provide feedback on my work and then have it published to add to my portfolio. The environment at Madison Commons is welcoming, constructive and ensures that every intern’s voice is heard.
I have enjoyed the combination of collaboration and independence. The environment is welcoming and hardworking. I felt like my voice was heard in meetings and that I could make suggestions or ask questions. Madison Common facilitates an environment where students can grow and learn. I would recommend this internship to students because you get to experience the real world of journalism.
I've learned more about the Madison and Dane County community through reading local news and all the stories we publish. It is a very collaborative environment because we all have a part in getting a story published and out to the public. I really enjoy working with a great team where everyone brings their unique experience and expertise. I would recommend this internship to other students because it is a great environment to tune your journalistic and writing skills, regardless of the position you have on the team.
I have gained a much greater understanding of the process of actually reaching out and reporting in the real world, as well as better understanding the dynamic between an editor and a reporter. I have thoroughly enjoyed the cohesiveness of the group where everyone gets along and pulls in the same direction. I would recommend it to students because it is a great opportunity to get your feet wet with actual reporting experience while still being able to keep your own schedule and choose what to report about.
I’ve enjoyed how many opportunities there are for students with Madison Commons. I got the chance to work with my amazing mentor Coburn Dukehart, produce my first photo essay and gain insight on how the editing process works. I’ve loved working with everyone on the team this year. It’s been a great experience getting to be a part of such a hardworking, friendly and supportive group of people. This internship is a wonderful experience — I’ve learned so much over the past two semesters working as a digital intern, and I consider myself very lucky to have been selected.
You can become involved with Madison Commons in multiple ways:
- Apply for an internship. Students with a bit of journalism experience are invited to apply for our five internship openings. These interns will be central to the new strategic vision for Madison Commons and our relaunch of the Commons website, multimedia packages and social engagement.
- Become a reporter. All UW-Madison students are welcome to contribute stories for publication on Madison Commons. You get the benefit of professional editing on your pieces, helping you build your portfolio on your way to internships and jobs. Before submitting your story, please run it through this checklist.
- Express yourself. We strongly encourage community members to send us tips, ideas or information about what you'd like to see Madison Commons cover.
Contact us to learn more about any of these opportunities.