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Internship sends WSU Vancouver student to Olympia

Undeclared sophomore Lucas Wiseman has been living and working one hundred miles away in Olympia, WA since the beginning of the spring 2013 semester. He has been working as the on-the-scene intern reporter for The Columbian. Wiseman reports stories about the state legislatures activity during the legislative session.

Wiseman first heard about internship through Professor Brett Oppegaard who taught Communications 295 at WSU Vancouver. Once Wiseman was offered the position, the decision was an easy one to make.

“This internship is incredibly prestigious, as well as a great resume builder. It’s been very enlightening to learn how our government works,” Wiseman said.

While working for The Columbian in Olympia, Wiseman is also earning full-time credits for the semester span of the internship. Earning credits allows Wiseman to continue the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Wiseman plans to major in digital technology and culture with minor in communications.

Though the internship carries great prestige, Wiseman says it comes with many challenges.

“The most challenging part of my internship is knowing what to write about. There is so much happening here in Olympia, it’s important to know what is the most newsworthy,” Wiseman said.

When Wiseman is not conducting interviews or catching-up on the most recent legislative decisions, he spends most of his free time walking around the city, writing, playing guitar and watching the single channel available on his television. Through his time in Olympia new, he has also learned more about what he wants to do with his future.

“I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what I want to major in. This internship has made me confident that I have chosen the right path and that is pretty spectacular,” Wiseman said.

There are internships and employment opportunities available through WSU Vancouver for students of all different majors. For information on internships through WSU Vancouver go to cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/content/internships, or contact your academic advisor for more opportunities.

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