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“The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is the largest non-profit scientific and educational institution in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.”

            For traveling journalists, working for National Geographic Society is highly acclaimed. A career opportunity at National Geographic is the chance to become a part of the society’s lavish history and culture. A career with the NGS also gives someone a chance to work with, learn from, and develop professionally amid leaders of their specific fields.

       The National Geographic Society is guided by a rising awareness of the obligation to protect Earth’s natural resources. The realization that today’s youth must become more aware of the world if they are to become its future leaders is also an important guide for this society.

       NGS offers students several different internships to develop within their field of study, particularly in the field of journalism. National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler magazine provide internships in journalism for college students. Internships offered by National Geographic Television & Film and by National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) are listed on their Jobs site. National Geographic Communications offers unpaid academic internship opportunities each semester.

        “Candidates must be able to receive academic credit from their college or university and be working toward a degree in communications, media/public relations, journalism, or equivalent. Communications interns assist with media relations and work with Communications staff to promote National Geographic’s publications, projects, and products.”

           National Geographic’s network of professionals and connections around the world is immeasurable. NGS utilizes these resources to generate unique and exhilarating travel experiences for students.

           High school students also have the ability to travel and work with National Geographic. NGS offers two types of programs for students in grades 9-12: expeditions and field workshops.

          Their expeditions can range anywhere from two to three weeks. Expeditions offer a more thorough exploration of a specific region.

          The field workshops usually range from about 10-12 days. Home bases are established during field workshops; the diverse surroundings play a key role in the experience. During field workshops, students are able to participate in hands-on activities, participate in workshops with professionals, and explore the neighboring areas on expeditions.

           “As an organization that seeks to inspire others to care about the planet, National Geographic is committed to sustaining the character and integrity of each place we visit—its environment, culture, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. In providing authentic travel experiences for students, we strive to protect the sites we visit, support local economies in our choice of accommodations and services, and increase students’ understanding and appreciation of other peoples and customs through meaningful friendships and cultural exchange.”

         The National Geographic Society provides students, both high school and college, with unique opportunities to become a part of their team while gaining experience in their chosen field of study.



       Five or six years ago, Anthony Bourdain traded in his chef hat to be a traveling TV personality, food connoisseur and best-selling author. The likeable host of The Travel Channel’s Emmy Award winning series, No Reservations, has the opportunity to travel to every corner of the world to go on the most amazing adventures, eat the most amazing foods and interact with some of the world’s most amazing people. Food is the main focus of the ex-chef’s series. Food helps to understand how people live their lives in faraway lands and unfamiliar territories.

       Bourdain has come a long way from his first food-industry job as a dishwasher. “I remember viscerally what real work is, so I’m well aware of how lucky I am. I’m never going to be someone who gets upset at walking through an airport and somebody asks for an autograph,” Bourdain said. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and became a leading chef in New York City on Fifth Avenue. He then appeared on twenty-two episodes of Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour before landing his dream job with The Travel Channel.

       No Reservations is different compared to some of The Travel Channel’s other series, like Samantha Brown. Anthony Bourdain prefers getting lost and improvising his travels, “Given the demands of organizing a television show, we improvise to a surprising degree. I enjoy it. Famously, when confronted with a disappointing location, I prefer to quickly move to ‘Plan B’ – even if there is no ‘Plan B’. It makes my crew very nervous – but some of the best scenes for our show – and the best times on the road, came from winging it at the last minute. Seeing something and saying, ‘fuck it…let’s just go there and see what happens.’” Places that everyone goes to lead Bourdain to become automatically hostile to the idea of going there himself.  

       “It’s not work. At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It’s a gift,” said Bourdain of his Travel Channel series, No Reservations. “I’m well aware of how unique a situation that is and how lucky I am. And, of course, I’m milking it for everything I can.”

       Anthony Bourdain has, quite possibly, the most enviable and desired job in the entire world. “Who gets to do what I get to do? I have a good, good life. I can’t complain about where I’m spending my time because I decide, or who I’m working with, because I decide, or creatively, because I’m with my friends who are these amazingly talented editors and post-production people and camera people and producers. We get to sit down and drink a lot of beer and look at a map and watch some movies and figure out, “Man, I really like Wong Kar-wai, let’s go do an hour of Wong Kar-wai in Hong Kong or Taipei. Awesome, high-five, let’s go!” Bourdain said.

       Bourdain has held the title of several different job positions over the last forty years, “I hate the sound of TV host. Writer? Maybe. Ex-cook-who-tells-stories. I kind of like that one.”


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      Samantha Brown is the traveling journalist of all traveling journalists. She has been gracing the screen of the Travel Channel for the last ten years. She conveys her discoveries on camera while traveling to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities. Brown “truly enjoys showing viewers how extraordinary it is to be a part of everyday life in another part of the world and how the language barrier can sometimes be a bridge to a deeper communication, one that she respects and cherishes.”

          Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Derry, New Hampshire, Brown attended Syracuse University and acquired a degree in musical theatre. Brown was discovered by the Travel Channel while performing in off-Broadway productions.

Brown’s outgoing personality and effortless performance capability have helped her establish a name for herself and expand the popularity of her shows on the Travel Channel. Brown has the pleasure of traveling the world nine months out of the year, staying at some of the most beautiful and luxurious locations and interacting with the most interesting people.    

“I’m just fascinated by people, their stories and what motivates them. And I really find that when people miss out on that, they are really missing out on the travel experience and why we travel,” Brown said. While she travels, Brown is sure to embrace and describe her experiences so that her viewers have a better understanding and appreciation.

  Brown said the part she loves most about her job, is spending time in somebody else’s life. She learns from them and learns a little bit about herself in the process. Although being away from home for about 250 days a year can be extremely difficult, Brown said she uses those emotions to invest herself totally in the people she is going to meet and the culture she’s about to get to know that day.

“When you meet people from around the world who open themselves up to you – then, yes, it is the best job in the world,” said Brown. “I never forget how privileged I am to get to know a little bit about another person around the world, and how that helps me understand the greater world.”

Samantha Brown has come a long way since she was a musical theatre major from Derry, New Hampshire. The Travel Channel has given Brown some of the most amazing and unforgettable opportunities because of her on–camera likeability and her ability to illustrate the different people and places she visits around the world.

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