Founders’ Scholar and Renée Crown University Honors student Anthony Dabbundo loved his summer internship. A dual major at Syracuse University studying broadcast and digital journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and policy studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Dabbundo worked as a writing intern for the amateur Cape Cod Baseball League’s Chatam Anglers. The Collegeville, Pa., native decided to choose an internship that provided a relevant professional opportunity. “I wanted to try and have as much hands-on experience possible,” he said.
Dabbundo has also actively sought out hands-on roles on campus. He volunteered his time tutoring high school seniors in the Syracuse community and helping area seniors fill out college applications. Enrolling in honors classes as a first year student helped him connect with like-minded people. “I still live with people that I became friends with my first year. So you know, that was a really cool opportunity,” he said.
In addition, Dabbundo has built on his classroom study as a contributor to Syracuse University’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Orange , and student-run television station, CitrusTV . Now entering his junior year, Dabbundo sees these experiences as essential to improving and showcasing his skills as a journalist. As assistant sports editor and on-air commentator, Dabbundo has found he learns the most from his mistakes. “So when mistakes happen, you kind of admit them, talk about what went wrong and move on. Than that way they don't happen when they really matter.” Dabbundo sees huge benefits from his participation in campus media outlets. He’s improved his copy editing, interviewing skills, delivery, and how to edit video using Avid, an industry standard. Dabbundo says becoming a journalist isn’t taking a test that tells you how much you know, but rather a process that takes place through intentional and consistent effort.
Next semester, Dabbundo is planning on studying abroad in London. After that, he’s considering pursuing another internship with a major network to broaden his skill set.