Third-year law student Genevieve Valle had an eye-opening summer, interning in New York City at "Dateline NBC" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams." The experience dovetailed with her goal of becoming both an on-air legal commentator and a criminal prosecutor.
"It was a bucket-list summer for me," said Valle, a native of Miami. "I pitched three stories that are now in production and covered breaking news, including the 'Dark Knight' theater shooting in Colorado. It was full, top-to-bottom chasing a story, and it was so exciting."
Valle's route to the internship was circuitous. She had a conversation with her property professor, Mary Doyle – a former dean of the law school – which led to another chat, with Sandy Abraham, the Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives, who suggested that Valle speak with Professor Ellen Fleysher in the School of Communication. That meeting resulted in Valle enrolling in a broadcasting class and, ultimately, sending out applications for internships that might exploit her combined interests in both law and journalism. She was lucky enough to be offered two internships, which cemented her hope that her goal is reachable.
"My time at 'Dateline' was amazing," Valle said. "Working in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, breakfast with Tom Brokaw, working on several different murder stories, crashing the Colorado shooting story, meeting the most decorated investigative producers in the business, and sitting in on pitch meetings with the some of the biggest executives at NBC!"
The highlight of her summer, Valle said, was pitching a pair of stories to "Dateline" and having them accepted: "My mind was blown when I saw my name listed as the Associate Producer of the two stories."
Her summer ended with a job offer, but Valle is sticking to the plan. She will persevere in her wish to become a criminal prosecutor, although she will continue to study broadcast journalism. Meanwhile, she is also busy with the student body at the law school, as President of Miami Law Women as well as Vice-President of the Student Bar Association.
"I hope to work in Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office after graduation," Valle said. "I am confident that this career path should be taken step by step and opportunity by opportunity. Many of the lawyers working in television that I most admire are former prosecutors."