Summer of Service: Sydnie Cobb '22

Summer of Service: Sydnie Cobb '22
Summer of Service: Sydnie Cobb '22

For more than 40 years, the Institute of Politics has provided support for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to pursue a summer internship in public service.  The signature offerings of the IOP’s Summer of Service program engages more than 150 students with meaningful experiences in politics and public service.  From working for elected officials to non-profits, federal, state and local governments, activist groups and think tanks – IOP Summer of Service students immerse themselves in issues and policies for eight weeks as they explore opportunities and careers with public purpose.

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Sydnie Cobb '22 reflects on her summer working with ABC News - Political Unit.

Why did you choose this internship?

When I discovered the IOP was offering an internship opportunity with ABC, I jumped at the chance to apply, given that so many of my journalistic heroes (Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir) hail from ABC. Moreover, I deeply appreciated how, in a media ecosystem abounding with misinformation and hyper-partisanship, ABC News and its political unit have remained committed to delivering incisive and critical coverage to audiences across the country. Needless to say, as an aspiring journalist, this was my dream internship and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this company this summer.

How has this internship experience shaped how you’re thinking about your future/career?

From the first day of this internship, my supervisors entrusted me to begin pitching, sourcing, and writing my own stories. This sense of freedom at the onset allowed me to get a feel for the hustle and bustle of a professional newsroom and ultimately solidified for me that journalism was a profession I want to commit my life to. In addition, I have met a slew of mentors along the way — ranging from producers and directors to on-air talent — who have given me invaluable advice to jumpstart my career in journalism. Since Harvard technically does not have a journalism program, I felt as if my internship with ABC News provided me the guidance needed to embark upon my career in journalism.