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An internship at NBC Universal
Justine Agaloos
Antelope Staff
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Last semester I went to New Jersey for the summer and decided to stay for the fall semester at another school. It was one of my last semesters, and I wanted to make it worth the stay.

I had been looking for a temporary job, but all the stores I applied to were not hiring. I stayed unemployed for a couple of months until one of my friends suggested to apply for an internship. She gave me a list of Web sites to apply to, and luckily I was near New York City which helped broaden my choices.

I really always wanted to work for was NBC Universal. I went to their Web site to apply for an internship while thinking they would not hire me. I did not think I had anything to offer to their worldwide company, thus I shrugged it off. A couple days later I received an e-mail from NBC’s campus relations team. I was really excited they wanted to interview me. After talking to a representative on the phone, she suggested I work for Oxygen the women’s network founded by Oprah and Geraldine Laybourne. I would work in their Digital Media and Marketing Department for their Web site.

The next few weeks went really fast; my orientation was at 30 Rock (Rockefeller) one morning, and while I passed by I was able to meet the cast of “The Today Show.” I was happy to meet Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and the other leading cast members.

During my orientation I learned 7,000 students had applied and 400 were hired. It was interesting to meet the other students; most of them came from Columbia University, New York University and the New York area. We were all split into different departments from "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," the Olympics, "Access Hollywood" and various sections. I was pleased to meet my other co-workers and I wanted to start working as soon as possible.

On the job I worked with the editorial coordinators to upload content and modify Oxygen’s Web site. I wrote for their weekly column “Obsessed” about topics that interested women. My topics included celebrities like Taylor Swift, going green and other subjects. I also wrote blogs about “America’s Next Top Model” and their other reality shows. Before an episode would air, my coworkers and I would discuss what marketing ideas we could use to get the audience involved with the show.  We used live chat rooms, texting and other communication mediums to reach our fans.

In addition, I prescreened their original episodes like “Naughty Kitchen” and “The Bad Girls Club.” I was able to interview Chef Blythe Beck, the protagonist in “Naughty Kitchen” and the cast of “The Bad Girls Club” during their premiere party.

Needless to say I had a wonderful time during my internship with NBC Universal, and I would do it again if I could.

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