The Quad Summer Internship Series
Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast
New york City, New York
What is your favorite part about this opportunity and what is the most challenging part about it?
School: Northwestern University
Major: Journalism / Political Science
How did you get the internship?
It was honestly a very non-traditional type of job process. I had been working with the Daily Beast during my junior year at school and basically spoke to my editor-in-chief to discuss in-house options over the summer. I was already in New York for a journalism residency program and decided to stick around.
What’s a typical day for you like?
Not typical! I'll get up and read for a couple hours and get myself well-versed in everything going on during the day from Congressional hearings to foreign terrorism. Essentially then, I just look for windows through which I can tell these stories and make them relevant to people. The fantastic thing about my job is the breadth of our audience which gives me both the remarkable power and humbling responsibility to craft these narratives in a way that is indicative of integrity and balance. Sometimes that means that an Israeli parliament member threatens to sue you. Truth is hard, but that's our job.
It's just awesome to be able to get these stories out there. This is not something for everyone and I don't think journalism is lavish in any sense of the word. There's nothing really fancy about this shit. It's definitely a grind. But I'm the type of person who sits and gets really angry when I hear about injustice and violence and people not getting a fair shake. So the least I can do is stay awake and make sure other people are awake. That's not to say I'm a partisan cheerleader one way or another. Just a tattle-tale with a big mouth.
What advice would you give to future interns to maximize their experience?
Hustle for what you believe in. Don't half-ass anything you do, never give up and never take no for an answer. There'll be a lot of people who will waste their time telling you about the things you can and can't do. Make those people wish they never said that stuff.
How will you apply the work you’re doing here to your college experience?
I don't know. I'm pretty much done with the whole college thing.
Is there anything else you would like to add about what makes your internship unique?
There are hella dogs at the office.
If you have any more questions about the position or Gideon's experience tweet him @GideonResnick