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|| News Item: Posted 2004-09-08

The Intern Diaries, Part 2: Alyssa Schukar
By Alyssa Schukar, Hampton Roads Daily Press

Photo by Alyssa Schukar / Daily Press

Photo by Alyssa Schukar / Daily Press

David Spoon sweeps the remains of cars from the crusher at Baldwin Auto Disposal in Chesapeake. The vehicle disposal company has recently had an influx of of abandoned vehicles to be destroyed.
(Editors Note: Since it's the end of summer Sports Shooter asked several college students who just finished serving internships to write about their experiences after spending a summer "in the real world." This is the second of two parts.)

I'm already back into the swing of classes and work at the campus newspaper. It seems like everyone wants to know how my internship went.

The answer follows my regular (stoic) suit, which is, "Pretty good."

Honestly, few things would have beat spending my summer at a photo internship, anywhere. I sent out to a ton of papers, but I didn't feel that I had the proper experience or portfolio. Getting the call was surprising - terrifying, too.

I had a lot to leave behind and had nearly no idea what to expect. But hot damn - I didn't think twice.

Anybody at the Daily Press would agree that the photo staff had somewhat of a rough summer due to some staff changes, including the elimination of the photo assignments editor position in the third week of my stay.

A lot of people said it probably wasn't an ideal time to come in as the intern.

Fellow member and Daily Press photographer Rob Ostermaier apologized to me one night, saying that it had to be rough with everything so upturned in the office.

I started to agree but stopped myself. I realized that weirdness in the office was one of the last things on my mind. I was there to shoot photos. And I was there to see shooters in another part of the country do their thing.

And while maybe this summer wasn't ideal in some ways, I know I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I lived the office lifestyle, and now I really believe that "a bad day in the field is better than a good day in the office." I saw photographers making great pictures, which made me want to work hard and make the most out of each and every opportunity I am lucky enough to get.

There will always be something that can get in the way of or distract me from making pictures. I'm trying to be patient and learn how to make worthwhile photos even in chaotic situations.

I can't really quantify what I learned, but I know that it goes beyond photo skills. I owe thanks to everyone who's given me chances to develop in photojournalism. And that's a helluva lot of people.

(For more information about Alyssa and to see a sample of her work:

Related Links:
Alyssa's member page
The Intern Diaries, Part 1: Alyssa Schukar

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