The intern's road to experience

Friday, June 25, 2010


Two St. Cloud State alumni made some highly effective and sought-after internships. Kyle “Fletch” Fletcher ’09 and Alexandra “Ali” Tweten ’09 are mass communications graduates whose pursuit of their careers landed them in two very different places. Their passion for the media began long before attending St. Cloud State and they used student run-media to help hone their craft.

Kyle Fletcher ’09, a graduate in television production and film studies, is living and doing freelance work in New York City after a stint as the head writer intern in the winter of the ’09 semester at “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I was going to shoot for the moon,” Fletcher said about the internship application process. “‘Letterman,’ ‘SNL’ and ‘Conan.’ Those were the three. ‘Letterman’ was the first internship I applied for and I got it.” He had the good fortune of working with the team of ‘Letterman’ writers, particularly Eric and Justin Stangel who are now the show’s executive producers.

“One of the perks was that I knew the ‘Top 10 list’ before anyone else,” Fletcher said. In the fast-paced world of late-night television, he confirmed there was rarely a dull moment.

Fletcher originally wanted to go to college in the Netherlands, but his family wanted him to stay closer to home and his high school guidance counselor talked to him about St. Cloud State. He saw the TV facilities and was convinced.

“When I saw the ‘Triviaholix’ (the only game show on UT VS) I said, ‘I want to do that, I need to do that’ and I bribed them into letting me host it.” He got involved in all aspects of the TV production and, along with hosting the popular game show, he diversified his experiences as UT VS programming director and as a student engineer for Husky Productions.

Alexandra Tweten navigated her media path on the West Coast after interning the spring ’10 semester in the editorial department of Ms. Magazine in Beverly Hills, Calif.

A print journalism major, Tweten is attempting to crack that competitive field and knew the importance of an internship. “I couldn’t pursue an internship because of time commitments to the University Chronicle student newspaper,” she said.

A women’s studies minor, Tweten’s consideration to feminism translates into her writing. During her internship, she contributed to an article about crisis pregnancy centers for the spring ’10 issue.

“I knew I was going to be in a writing field since I was young,” Tweten said. “I was always better at it than math.” She started writing for the Grand Forks Herald teen page in ninth grade and started writing for the Chronicle. “I learned the ways of working in the newsroom and how to work on deadlines and how to write news stories,” she said

She was a major contributor at the newspaper during a critical crossroad as the executive editor during the move from the old world of purely print, to the Chronicle having an online presence. “When I was editor, I learned how to lead people,” Tweten said. “What I learned at the Chronicle will help me with skills I will use in my career.”

Internships are In

  • The 2010 Minnesota College Job Outlook Survey found that
    52.9 percent of the employers surveyed listed internships as
    one of their most effective recruiting methods.
  • The National Association of Colleges and Employers 2010
    Internship Survey found that 83.4 percent of responding
    employers said the primary focus of their internship
    program is to help them recruit entry-level college hires.
  • A recent St. Cloud State Career Services survey of 2007 and
    2008 alumni found that 39 percent of those who graduated
    in 2007 had participated in an internship compared to 48
    percent of 2008 graduates.

- Mike Doyle '07

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