The Professional Internship in the Television Management Program
The Television Management Graduate Program believes in the value of experiential learning. TVMN students find internships in a variety of television and related media companies where they learn by doing.
Philadelphia is the fourth largest television market and TVMN students have found internships with Comcast corporate, Comcast SportsNet, PBS/Sprout, NBC Sports Channel, all of the owned and operated stations of ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, FOX and the Tribune corporation, and independent and public television stations. Students have worked at Discovery Channel, Sony, MTV Networks, the FCC, and Sesame Workshop, to name a few venues.
What follows is a description of the professional internship in the words of the students who have experienced and learned from it.
The perks I’ve experienced as an intern at CBS-3 go well beyond what I was expecting. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on live newscasts, and live segments of Talk Philly in both the studio and control room, and witness the workings of the assignment desk during a breaking news event. I also sat through a taped segment of an interview with Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones for an upcoming segment of Talk Philly!
The staff at CBS could not be a more lively and welcoming bunch, making me feel at home even on in my first few weeks as an intern. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of my semester at CBS-3.
During this internship I hope to accomplish an on-air interview, successfully participate and observe studio activities for a thesis and create a promo for the studio to use. These three goals will further my education as I will use skills and concepts learned to the classroom and apply them to this unique field.
An idea came to me after a few months I studied at Drexel, that I want to work for children’s television. Professors at Drexel told me if you want to do children’s television, you’ve got to watch Sesame Street. They were right. I felt in love with it right away. Sesame Street is such a good educational television show for children, with its own unique humor and educational curricula. Children are assured to gain knowledge and meanwhile have fun by watching the show. I set my heart for Sesame Street since then.
A producer at Center City Film and Video, a production company based in Philadelphia, recommended me to a lady working at the Special Projects department of Sesame Workshop. Through a telephone interview, I told them about my thesis project, which is about including Chinese culture into domestic Sesame Street. Luckily, I got the opportunity.
At work, because I speak Mandarin so that opens more opportunities to meet people since Sesame has its co-production in China. The Sesame China team came to New York for the training of their puppeteers and wrangler during April 2010. I got the opportunity to work as a translator for the wrangler. One week of training at the Henson Workshop gave me some basic knowledge of how puppets are made, prepared and maintained. Later on, I participated in the script review session for Sesame China, helping with cultural and language consulting. Recently, I did the market research for Sesame Street Chinese, a new project aiming at teaching Chinese to children in America.
All these observations and practices have greatly advanced the development of my thesis. Through a curriculum, scripts, and a new puppet character that I designed, the project will endeavor to address the close relationship between Chinese and American societies with the goal of fostering friendly attitudes towards Chinese and other foreign cultures.
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