By Casey Weaver, Communications Committee
As many College of Comm students are well aware, NBCUniversal was here at Penn State this past Monday and Tuesday, October 28-29, scouting potential interns. After receiving countless emails from the College of Communications Career Services regarding the two-day extravaganza, I decided to give it a try and attend the highly-anticipated event.
The process all started with the application. To apply for an internship, I had to send my cover letter and resume to Bob Martin, Assistant Dean for Internships and Career Placement, who then forwarded my credentials to the Campus2Career team for NBCUniversal. Then they decide who they would like to see for an internship on campus.
A company presentation kicked off the event Monday night. Walking into the lecture hall, we were greeted with free t-shirts with “NBCU @ PENN STATE” plastered across the front (they must have known free swag is a serious perk for college students). Once everyone settled, a panel of three key players for NBCUniversal Ad Sales started a discussion about their jobs and experiences with the company: Patty Marrero, SVP Client Development for Telemundo, Katie Larkin, SVP Ad Sales Strategy for NBCU Ad Sales, and Linda Yaccarino, President of NBCU Ad Sales.
The majority of the discussion focused on their early careers and past internships, the impact Comcast (the sole owner of NBCUniversal) has had on the media industry, the current state of the media business and what they would change about their careers (a unanimous NOTHING!). We ended Day 1 with a special screening of the horror movie “The Purge,” and yes, it was horrifying.
The second day was about internships. After interviewing on campus all day, the Campus2Career team talked to the audience of eager college students about the different types of internships NBCUniversal has to offer. They started out the info session by showing a scissor-reel of every facet of NBCUniversal (CNBC, E! Network, Weather Channel, Hulu, Fandango, etc.). I am not ashamed to admit this three minute film gave me chills and made me want to be a part of this company more than ever (their production team deserves a raise!).
This presentation continued with slides portraying NBCUniversal’s background, goals and internship program. From journalism to production to corporate, every major in the College of Comm was covered. The Campus2Career team also emphasized NBCUniversal’s commitment to its interns by providing them with workshops, tours and every opportunity possible to make the most out of their stint. They’re considered one of the Top 10 Internship Programs in the country!
All in all, I’m extremely glad I didn’t disregard the onslaught of emails for this important event. I learned a lot about NBCUniversal and also about myself: I now know a job in the PR field of the entertainment industry is something I really want to do. Even though I didn’t get the chance to interview on campus with them this time around, I know what I have to do to get to where I want to be. And hey, there’s always next year!