Rachel Brieve, a senior Journalism and
Public Relations Department major and marketing minor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed an internship with Pittsburgh Magazine this past summer.
Brieve learned about the opportunity through her magazine class with Erick Lauber. While researching different places to pitch freelance stories, she found information
on an internship program they offer, and she decided to apply.
Brieve was essentially assigned as an investigative intern. She was tasked to research and focus on one story all summer. When she had downtime, she would write short pieces for the magazine’s online publication, fact-check pieces, and fact-check the
“best lists” the magazine regularly publishes, such as the Best Dentists List.
“The journalism classes at IUP more than prepared me for this internship,” Brieve said. “Certain things that tripped up other interns were the simple things we’d learn here as early as our sophomore year. My advisor at the magazine even commented on how
well prepared I was to Dr.
Papakie when she came for her visit. It was an awesome feeling to be amply prepared and performing at a high, professional level. Also, Dr. Loomis’ News Reporting class helped me so much when interviewing and investigating my story. If I hadn’t had
my investigative piece published in the HawkEye during that class, I think my internship would have been very different.”
The advice she gives for other students seeking internships is to take time to find an internship you’re really going to enjoy.
“It was much better being an intern somewhere where I got hands-on experience rather than getting coffee for people and routinely answering phones,” she said.
After having an internship in the magazine industry, Brieve wants to focus more on the public relations aspect of her degree. She liked working at the magazine, but she feels, long-term, public relations will be more fulfilling. This summer, she plans
to land an internship in public relations and then see what avenues open for her after graduation in the fall.