By: Brandie Yates
HOMTV Internship Coordinator and 2007 HOMTV Alum
They say everything gets better with age and the HOMTV Internship Program is no exception. In 1981, interns began working at the station making 2016 the 35th year of the program. HOMTV’s Internship Program is like no other, providing hands-on training and experience to those wishing to begin their careers in the television and communications industry. Since the first HOMTV intern, approximately 1,000 interns have successfully completed the Internship Program and over 500 have moved on to work in the field of journalism, television production, film production and the communications industry both nationally and internationally, creating a strong HOMTV Alumni Network.
“HOMTV was the first real step in my broadcasting career, the internship not only gave me the basic tools to shoot, write, edit and present, it also helped me develop my style as a broadcaster and gave me great friends and an incredible network along the way. Without HOMTV I don’t think I would’ve made it to Vegas so early in my career,” said 2014 HOMTV Alum Miguel Martinez-Valle, Reporter and MMJ for FOX5 Local Las Vegas KVVU-TV.
“At HOMTV I learned many of the behind the scenes and on-camera skills that helped launch me as a producer for national television shows and film,” said 1994 HOMTV Alum Jennifer Hutchins, Segment Producer at CBS / Dr. Phil Show and Co-Founder at Indie Film Seminars.
“As a graduate of one of the top 5 universities in the country for communications, it would be understandable to point to my degree from Michigan State University as a contributor for my professional successes. Although MSU certainly did its part to prepare me for a career in communications, I actually owe more to the internship program at HOMTV. Not only did I receive “real-world” training, I also made connections that to this day have served me as I’ve advanced in my career. In the nearly 30 years since my graduation from MSU, I have never come across another program that so thoroughly prepares individuals for the workforce in broadcast, journalism, public relations and marketing,” said 1986 HOMTV Alum Amy (Guild) McGraw, Vice President of Marketing at Tropical Financial Credit Union.
Each year interns continue to be a valuable asset to the Meridian Township community, volunteering around 14,000 hours serving as production crew and on-air talent for nearly 90 official Township meetings and over 600 HOMTV programs, as well as producing more than 1,000 stories and PSA’s.
This year, HOMTV is celebrating this significant milestone and looks forward to continuing the HOMTV Internship Program as an established and exemplary hands-on training program to retain and foster talent for the professional television and communications industry.