New York City is not only the city that never sleeps; it is also a place that offers new experiences and opportunities every day.
These opportunities have really influenced my decision to continue into television production because I love the environment that I am working in this semester. Both internships are teaching me not only about finishing tasks quickly but also about completing them thoroughly at the same time.
I spend more than 40 hours a week working on site at my internships and also have some topics and trends to research on the side. I am enjoying every minute of my internships because the time I am investing and the skills I am learning are creating opportunities for my future career.
My internship experiences at Live! with Kelly and Michael and The Dr. Oz Show have been very different so far, but I have learned so much from both of them. I am glad that I decided to intern at a live and a taped show because I am able to gain knowledge about both sides of the production experience.
At Live! With Kelly and Michael, my typical duties consist of pulling news items for host chat, greeting guests, making guest profiles, managing viewer comments and mail, confirming tickets for the show, helping with the audience and various other tasks that producers ask on a daily basis.
I would really like to be a host on a show like Live! because they have the opportunity to talk about news, sports, entertainment, food and various other topics. I also like the immediacy of working at a live show. For example, we were live two weeks ago when the ferry crashed into the pier and an entire news team swarmed the studio to give an update on the accident. It was really amazing to see the process unfolding right in front of me and realizing just how impactful live TV can actually be.
Luckily I have had the opportunity to also experience what it is like to work on a taped show. The Dr. Oz Show records six shows per week and then airs them within the month. At Oz, I have had the opportunity to help with research, booking guests, making phone calls, going out on field shoots and helping with studio production.
One of my favorite parts of the week is getting to block the show with Dr. Oz. I really enjoy getting to stand in and help as he practices for the show that day. I also have had a chance to help the producers with writing scripts, locating people for future shows and researching content for different segments.
This internship experience has really opened doors for me to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life by unveiling a “behind the scenes” look at what goes on in TV production. Because of opportunity, I am able to blend the knowledge that I have attained in the classroom with the hands on learning that I am getting at both internships to further my career.
I love working at both places and I am getting so much experience that is enabling me to build a solid foundation for my future career.
Amy Kauffman ’14 is interning in New York City during the Spring 2013 semester. She is also the fourth recipient of the Robert Evans Internship Endowment Award. This program awards $5,000 to one qualified rising junior or senior who participates in an approved internship in a for-profit organization, specifically a major national or global organization. The $5,000 can be used for relocation, travel, housing, meals, related equipment purchases and other living expenses. Eligible applicants can be in any undergraduate major with a minimum GPA of 3.0.