Kendall Woods '14
Internship Title: Public Affairs Intern
Employer and location: MTV in Times Square, New York City
Describe your duties:
My first duty of the day was to collect news clips from the day to cycle out to the rest of the office. After that, my day typically consisted of pulling research for articles for the blog that either focused on politics or celebrities doing community service and philanthropy, playing the mock-up of our game, Fantasy Election, which encouraged young voters to register to vote, and finding fun facts about politics and the Presidential candidates to include in the game.
What did you enjoy most about your internship?
My internship was not like most other internships. There was no running to go get coffee or make copies for a meeting. From the first day I was assigned tasks that would contribute to the final product of something with the MTV name on it, which is very exciting considering having grown up with the Viacom Networks names, like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Pictures, constantly around us.
What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
The most difficult aspect of my internship was the assumption that I was currently up to date with all of the political happenings and internet memes. By the end of the summer, I had become very politically savvy, however in the beginning, this was not so.
How did your experience at Bucknell prepare you for your internship? How did your internship prepare you for a career?
It was actually Bucknell's Externship Program that helped me to prepare for my internship. Through this experience I learned that sitting in front of a computer and typing away all day is not the only career choice. My internship showed me that even though I originally thought that I might not have been qualified for the tasks assigned, that I was fully capable of doing them. This piece of information will definitely help in my eventual search for a career.
What recommendations do you have for other students considering doing an internship?
I would recommend paying attention to the news, even if it is just reading the headlines of cnn.com or something like that. It sounds lame, but knowing what was happening in the world actually effects how much of a contribution you can make in a conversation. Even at MTV, there is a need to know about current events.