Reporting Internships

Sumerian Scribe_Gallery of ShorthandCourt reporting is an honorable profession with an illustrious past and an exciting future. With the rapid advancement of technology, court reporters are needed even more today than when the Sumerian scribes began preserving the record in 3500 B.C.

Today’s court reporters are highly trained, tech-savvy guardians of the record who are able to stream realtime* over the web simultaneously to parties participating in depositions at locations all over the world, and to provide broadcast captioning or CART voice-to-text instant visual displays of breaking news, seminars, sports, conferences and other events for hard-of-hearing persons. No machine, electronic recording or app can replace a live court reporter!

The path to becoming a licensed court reporter requires courage, perseverance, focus, endurance and flexibility. Through my reporter-of-record internships, court reporting students and new reporters learn how to…

  • Feel CONFIDENT in your writing, editing, proofreading and transcribing skills
  • Overcome the #1 challenge of all working reporters —  speaking up — to get a verbatim record
  • Navigate the myriad challenges in your education and career feeling self-confident and capable
  • Release fear, anxiety, worry, and stress through transformative, scientifically-proven techniques


Since 2008, I have provided real-life internship opportunities for reporting students and new reporters in dozens of reporter-of-record mock deposition and mock trial events at law schools, law firms, courthouses and private venues throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Unlike traditional internships, where a reporting student shadows a working reporter, my interns feel what it’s like to be THE REPORTER:  They speak up as often as needed to get the best record they can, mark exhibits and produce rough or final transcripts.

These “role play” mock events are win-win opportunities for all participants:

— Law students and attorneys benefit from a reporter interrupting them to ensure the integrity of the record when they mumble, speak too fast or talk over one another. Later, they are able to view their own performances by reading rough draft or final transcripts.

— Reporting students and new reporters overcome their fear, nervousness and anxiety in mock real-life settings which may test the limits of their abilities; learn how and when to speak up; how to create rough and final transcripts through instructional materials and one-on-one transcript reviews with me; and how to be a member of a team. They are able to immediately utilize the lessons from these practical skills events to move forward in school and their careers.Qualified court reporting students who write at 180-200 words per minute participate in mock deposition and / or mock trial events and learn practical skills that are not taught in school. This valuable service benefits all participants: law students, attorneys, experts, and future and new reporters.


  1. Be the reporter of record (not shadowing)
  2. Speak up to ensure the integrity of the record
  3. Mark exhibits
  4. Produce rough drafts
  5. Manage stressful situations and personalities


  • Case files & Participant lists
  • Case dictionaries
  • Sample transcript templates
  • Protocol / Guidelines
  • Group and individual coaching
  • One-on-one transcript reviews

Individual and group coaching provide insights, tips and solutions. Effective coaching processes help you to build resilience and gain confidence. See my Coaching page for more info!

Reporting Students and New CSRs:  Would you like to expand your professional skills in a real-life setting?

Mock Deposition Skills Training – Multiple reporters needed

March – April 2018 – San Francisco Bay Area


See Ana Fatima Costa’s About page for details.  More about Ana’s work on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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* Realtime is the instant transcription of a reporter’s shorthand into English, visible on attorneys’ standalone computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.


Top left: Photo of student Ross Eitzen (WSGR Mock Depositions).

Middle right: Photo of new reporter Rebecca Reutenauer, shadowed by student Ericka Erickson (WSGR Deposition Skills Training).

Top right: Graphic of Sumerian Scribe from The Gallery of Shorthand.

Photos copyright 2017 Ana Fatima Costa. All rights reserved.