Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

NBC Universal

Fall 2019

Position: Content Distribution Sales Intern
Student: Economics & Government & Finance

My internship at NBCUniversal is with the Content Distribution division specifically with their sales team. My job is to help the team with their day-to-day projects. I help them formulate strategy through conducting research on current and upcoming deals, analyzing data, performing calculations on Excel and doing any general administrative tasks they need. My day starts with me arriving in the office between 9:00 to 9:30 AM every day. Typically, they hire two interns, but I told them I wanted to work full-time so they hired just me for this team. The first thing I do each morning is read through the news of the industry all NBCUniversal employees receive. This is important given the current climate of the media industry with all the giant companies jumping into the streaming war. This is to understand if any competitors are doing anything that could impact NBCUniversal and their upcoming launch for their streaming service which will be coming out in April 2020. Then I will join the department meeting where the team discusses what is happening with all the deals the directors are working on and if they need any help closing the deal. During these meetings, I will typically take notes which my supervisor and I will go over after to see if there is anything that was said I didn’t understand or any research I can do to clarify or dig deeper into something for the team. After this meeting, I’ll do the research or the various directors in the group will send me various tasks they need. Sometimes they’ll have Excel files they don’t have time to go over so I’ll go over them and extract data and input it into other files or in SalesForce so it is clean, and they can use it easier for whatever they need. I’ve worked on various things for the different directors whether that is cleaning up and analyzing data, working on the model for the streaming service, looking up competitors and making sure distributors are following their agreements. My day typically ends around 5:30 to 6 PM.

Fall 2017

Position: Production Intern
Student: Rhetoric and Writing Junior

Each day at The Tonight Show internship is very different in a somehow very structured way. My hours are 10am to 7pm each day, and since I work in the general production department I get to spend the day working on a variety of tasks. 

Our day usually begins by cleaning the office and ensuring that the kitchen, printers, and everything around the office are stocked before the rest of the staff come in. Once people begin arriving and settling in, we start getting called for runs. Our supervisor calls the room and will ask for an intern to see a specific person for an errand somewhere. We could be going to pick up food for a producer or talent, or finding a costume or prop for the show. Since there is a new show each day and so many things people need, most of my day will consist of these sort of tasks, but when we’re not running around the city to find things, we usually work on projects for the writers or other departments, such as finding news articles that Jimmy can use for the monologue, or finding tweets and pictures that get featured on the show.

There are some days when we’re assigned specific roles as well that take us away from the usual runs. On these days, we get to record the show on a desktop to save as a copy incase the first recording is messed up. We get to help with tickets and bring the audience in for the monologue rehearsal each day, lining them up and answering any questions about the show and then we sit in the studio and watch Jimmy’s rehearsal. And then probably the most exciting aspect of the position are the days when we are the designated studio intern, who gets to spend the entire day in the studio watching and helping with rehearsal. On these days, we watch the guest band or musician rehearse their performance, we watch Jimmy and any guests rehearse sketches they are doing and we stand in when they need help, and then we get to watch the live show from the studio and help with the audience.

The days are hectic and there is always pressure on us to do things efficiently and correctly, but each day brings new and exciting tasks that have taught me to become a worker.

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