Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 19 2011
NDSU senior to intern for Diane Sawyer
Andrew Young, a Napoleon native, first made connections with ABC during the 2009 flood, when he volunteered to help the network with coverage.
That helped him land a competitive internship last year, and now Young will spend his summer in an even more selective position.
“The interns really learn by doing at ABC,” Young said. “They expect the applicants that they choose to be ready to dive right in. That’s the best way to learn, in my opinion.”
Young, 21, starts Monday in New York working as one of two interns for Sawyer’s news desk, which is also connected with “Good Morning America,” he said.
It’s an internship Young has applied for three times.
Young is general manager of the Bison Information Network, an NDSU campus news station that was getting established when he arrived on campus. The first newscast was in 2009.
Young volunteered to help ABC during the 2009 flood. He was asked to come back and assist with the coverage and was added to the payroll.
Last year, Young was one of 60 interns selected out of 15,000 applicants to work for ABC News Now, “World News” and “Good Morning America.”
He was hired last March to be a Midwest freelance producer for ABC and produced the network’s coverage of this spring’s flood.
Rich Lodewyk, faculty adviser to the Bison Information Network, said it’s exciting to have one of his students get a national internship.
“The thing about Andrew is he has a passion for broadcasting,” Lodewyk said. “He also has an aggressiveness in seeking out opportunities. When he sees something he wants to try and get, he goes right after it.”
Last summer, Young was on TV a few times, and his mother posted at the family-owned drug store when he was scheduled to appear.
“The whole town of Napoleon would watch,” Charlotte Young said.
This summer, Andrew Young said his primary job will be writing scripts for Sawyer and doing news briefs.
Although Young is working in news this summer, his ultimate goal is to produce entertainment news or a TV show like “Modern Family.”
“News comes in and people want it now,” Young said. “I would rather have more time to craft something more artful and craft something more creative.”
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