This summer, 17 students from across the University of Miami School of Communication spent their vacation interning in New York. This year’s participants in “The New York Experience” came from the fields of broadcast, magazine journalism, motion pictures production, advertising, public relations and media management.
For Julian Glover, a senior, it was the experience of a lifetime.
“Last year I interned at a local station, but this year, being on the national level, was a total game changer,” he said. “I worked in the heart of CBS News on the National Desk. I saw breaking news as it was happening and worked alongside the talent who put together the Evening News. Every day was remarkable. It would be my dream to graduate and return to the CBS family.”
“It was a bucket list summer for me,” added Genevieve Valle, a law student who aspires to be a legal analyst for network news and interned for “Dateline NBC” and “Rock Center” with Brian Williams. “I pitched three stories that are now in production and covered breaking news, including the Dark Knight theater shooting in Colorado. It was full top to bottom chasing a story and it was so exciting.”
Daniela Goncalves, a junior, helped produce stories about politics, health, and entertainment at Fox News Latino.
“This was an internship that just keeps on giving. It’s been a springboard to another internship with the local Fox affiliate this semester,” she said.
The New York internships were augmented by a weekly night “class” which met in the midtown boardroom of United Stations Radio Networks courtesy of Nick Verbitsky, United’s Chairman and CEO. His daughter, Kristin, is an SOC alumna. Each week, students had access to media leaders they might not have the opportunity to meet on the Coral Gables campus. Among this year’s guests were David Rhodes, President, CBS News; Linda Ellerbee, Host, “Nick News” on Nickelodeon; Janice Penino, VP, World Wide Pants; Alice McGillion, Executive Vice President, Howard Rubenstein Public Relations; David Folkenflik, National Correspondent, NPR and a team of four senior production people from Fox News. There was also a field trip to the headquarters of Bloomberg New York.
“These were THE people to know in the business, high-profile executives you would never be able to meet otherwise,” said Jason Liss, a senior who put his interests in Advertising and Sports Administration to good use as an intern in the Office of the Commissioner, Major League Baseball.
“The lessons learned in the workplace, seated alongside the best of the best, are immeasurable,” said Prof. Ellen Fleysher, Frances L. Wolfson Chair in Communication Studies and director of the program. “By competing and securing these prestigious internships, our interns had extraordinary networking opportunities which will help them on the road to becoming emerging professionals.”
The summer was capped off with a barbecue at the home of philanthropist Barbara Howard. Students met Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright, motion picture production designer Kevin Thompson and GQ editor Madeline Weeks. Tony-winning actor Kathleen Chalfont, one of the guests, said “I never met students like this. They are totally amazing!”
That they are.