My time at NPR was a full-time internship that exposed me to radio journalism in an elite, fast-paced newsroom setting. As a Washington desk intern at NPR, I covered the 2016 election cycle. I wrote for digital and produced radio stories, often conducting interviews and gathering audio for on-air packages. I also worked at the front lines of breaking news incidents throughout the election, including the night of the presidential election.

At NPR, I learned not only about the significance of detailed reporting, humanized storytelling and extensive fact-checking, but also about what my role as a young Latina journalist might start to look like in today's hyperpolitical climate. This experience taught me to be prepared for plot twists in the news cycle and how to remain professional throughout, even with stories that might hit close to home.