I am a Visual Communications Arts major and I went into this internship with little-to-no background in journalism. I decided to apply because I have always being interested in using writing to promote knowledge availability, but knew that I would never find out whether I was suited or not for the industry unless I was part of it (even if it was for a short period of time). At first I was very intimidated by my peers because they were mostly journalism students and graduates. However, the program is designed to improve the abilities of those with prior knowledge and to teach the fundamentals to people new to journalism. The seminars start off with the very basics of good writing and attractive articles, and systematically moves on to more specific skills like web-writing and the tasks of a foreign correspondent. I had a great time with the mentors, all very knowledgeable and interesting people, and the locations visited gave us great insights of the world of journalism at different scales.
I would recommend this experience to anyone curious about the intrinsic values of journalism regardless of their experience in the field. You would get insightful knowledge from experts on-site and during the seminars which will lead to both your personal and professional development.