Leah Ollie
English: Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism major, Anthropology and Museum Studies minors
Chicago, Illinois

What’s the best thing about being a Bulldog?
The people are genuinely the best part about being a Bulldog. Building connections with peers and fellow students and celebrating their unique successes and accomplishments has made me feel connected to the Butler community. I love how the close-knit feel of campus amplifies this.

Where are you interning, and how did you learn about this internship?
I am a Digital Content Intern for the news team at WFYI Indianapolis, Indianapolis’ public radio and television affiliate. I learned about this internship through a job board while searching for opportunities to expand my experience in journalism through internships. I applied directly through WFYI’s website.

What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
Most of my responsibilities pertain to amplifying the excellent work of our reporters and newscasters. Daily, I draft social media posts sharing the week’s stories. I am also in the process of developing new video content to recap the stories on WFYI’s daily news podcast, News Now. By supporting and expanding WFYI’s social offerings, I work to share our journalism more widely and engage our audiences in new ways.

What do you like most about your internship?
I appreciate that my internship offers the chance to immerse myself in the daily routine and responsibilities of a newsroom for public media. Working alongside experienced journalists not only gives me a clearer idea of what a career in public media could look like but also inspires me for my role as a student journalist with The Butler Collegian

What are your career goals, and how is this internship preparing you?
In my career, I want to use my skills to tell stories and share them with my community, whether in journalism, publishing, or other forms of media. WFYI’s mission to provide public media as a public good resonates deeply with my goals. Each day at my internship, I can watch and learn how to be an effective communicator who ensures that quality journalism makes it into the hands of the community it serves. 

I’m also interested in how arts and culture enrich people’s lives, and I hope to further explore the role of museums and arts organizations through working in arts administration. My education at Butler and the professional experiences that have supplemented it have prepared me for an interdisciplinary and adaptable career after leaving the campus community.