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UNLV Journalism Student Selected for CBS Internship in New York

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UNLV student and broadcast major Trinity Chavez will be heading to the Big Apple this summer to work as an intern at CBS and she hopes to make the move a permanent one.

Chavez submitted her application in October and one short week later she was informed that she had been chosen. The internship will run from June to Aug. and she will find out where she will be working in February, 2013.

“I always wanted to be in front of the camera,” Chavez said.

After the internship, Chavez hopes to obtain a position at CBS, stating that she will take any job and would be happy to work her way up.

“I am incredibly proud of her for making this a reality. That kind of determination will take her far,” said Kathy Espin, UNLV internship coordinator.

In high school Chavez originally planned to be a doctor and worked at Spring Valley Hospital for four years. The desire to become a doctor soon became the desire for a law career.

However, another shift in her academic focus was fast approaching. “Throughout the process of taking the classes, I knew that wasn’t for me,” Chavez said.

Chavez has always loved public speaking, informing others and helping people and through that she found her passion for journalism.

She loves the ever-changing environment of journalism in its many forms and wants to be an on-air reporter and eventually a producer on her way to owning her own production company.

Chavez is a senior at UNLV, double majoring in communications and journalism and is in the process of applying for graduate school in the field of production at New York University.

Chavez has had five different internships and held many different positions. From working at the Las Vegas Wranglers as a broadcast media intern to interning at Sin City News and now the National Association of Broadcasting.

“I’ve done a variety of different internships and just being outgoing and talking to professors and counselors about what you want to do helps because you’re not going to get all of the answers from one person, you have to be driven,” Chavez said.

She has been everything from a production assistant to a personal assistant and she has even accepted jobs as an extra just to be in the environment in the event an opportunity should arise.

Chavez interned to get her foot in the door, so to speak, and to gain experience rather than for school credit and targeted internships that were willing to accept her on those terms.

She says she is always networking, asking questions and offering to help as a way of constantly improving herself and her skills. Her experiences have helped her determine exactly what she wants to do in her career.

Chavez says she has had a lot of help along the way, as well as received some valuable advice from the right people.

Joe Michaels, the director of “Today” told her never to lose her drive to better herself at every opportunity.

“It was amazing advice, especially coming from someone like him,” Chavez said.

Right now Chavez is working on something a little closer to home. She hopes to bring the Nevada Broadcasters Association to UNLV and create a club for broadcast majors.

“I want to get a club started on campus to host events with people in the business who can provide information for aspiring broadcasters,” Chavez said.

This is a project Chavez is currently working on and hopes to get it up and running soon.

“You have to be outgoing, you have to ask questions, you can’t expect people to come up to you and ask you what you want to do with your life,” said Chavez. “You have to know what you want to do with your life first and then you have to sit down and ask yourself what is it that I can do to accomplish these goals.”

 

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