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Stephanie Becerra

CAS student lands internship at Univision affiliate

TAMPA, Fla. -- Internships are highly coveted among college students. Each year, the competition grows as students spend countless hours searching and applying for internships. At the University of South Florida, Stephanie Becerra has defied the odds.

Becerra, a junior mass communications major and recent College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office intern, has landed an esteemed internship at WVEA-TV, formally known as Univison Tampa Bay.

WVEA-TV is a local network affiliate of Univsion, an American Spanish broadcast television network that informs Hispanic and Latino communities across the nation.

The Univision intern believes her fall 2013 Dean’s Office internship was influential in obtaining her current internship.

“It was like a stepping stone for me,” Becerra said. During her Dean’s Office internship, Becerra learned proficiency in social media, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, filming and editing.

Since January, Becerra has utilized her skills alongside several notable professionals within the broadcast news field including anchor Natalie Perez and reporter Sheila Rios at Univision Tampa Bay.

At Univision, the USF student assists in creating headlines and for news stories and on-air personalities. Becerra also updates news stories and writes voice-over scripts in Spanish for the 11 p.m. news show.

Becerra said her experience at Univision has been a positive learning experience. Particularly, Becerra has had the opportunity to be mentored by Rios.

“She tells me what sounds better,” Becerra said. “She’s pretty good with allowing me to practice the reporting side of the job.”

The intern also has engaged deeper within the broadcast field by reporting on stories outside the news station. Recently, Becerra covered two stories with Rios as a videographer. Her stories include a court case downtown Tampa and a memorial service.

Becerra expressed that her most memorable moment so far at Univision was when she got the opportunity to test graphics for a newscast.

“They had me stand in front of the green screen and be their guinea pig,” Becerra said. “During that time, another employee took pictures of me."

This moment was a first for Becerra as she had the opportunity to briefly share the lime-light.

“I’ve never been put in front of the camera like that,” Becerra said. “I’ve always been in the background.”

Since then, Becerra has kept her career goals set high. She aims to work in front of the camera one day.

“I hope to get a reporting job from this internship,” said Becerra. “I can’t be more thankful for all of this that’s happening to me now.”

Becerra is scheduled to graduate from USF in spring 2015.

The Dean's Office Internship Program will be recruiting summer and fall interns in March. Like the Dean's Facebook page to be the first to hear when applications are available.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Mass Communications Student Success   
Author: Kristan McCants