ICNYC Student Reflections

Students in the ICNYC program share their experiences and insights from one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Devin at her CNBC internship.

Devin Hance spent the spring 2014 semester in the ICNYC program, interning at CNN and CNBC. She is a junior Television-Radio major and will continue to intern at CBNC this summer.

So far this spring I have had the pleasure of interning at CNN and CNBC all semester. When I got the phone calls from these networks I could not believe what I was hearing. So I eagerly accepted both internship opportunities hoping that each network would give me days that did not conflict. CNN requested me on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and CNBC asked me to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. So my schedule worked out perfectly.

At CNN I started my internship journey with Showbiz Tonight. For a girl who loves keeping up to date with entertainment news, I was excited to contribute to this show. I learned so much about the editorial side of things. It was my job to go to the morning meetings and help pitch story ideas, book and greet the guests for the day, and research and add fun elements to each block of the show. Once it was show time, it was my job to print the scripts for our anchor, AJ Hammer, and make sure everything and everyone was where it needed to be. Greeting celebrity guests was very exciting form me. One of my favorite celebrities that I greeted was Meat Loaf. He was full of career and life advice, and even asked if I wanted a picture with him (which of course I did!).

My first month with Showbiz was so fast-pace and fun, but unfortunately in February, after 9 years, Showbiz got taken off the air. I was sad because I really loved the team I was working with but it was also a good learning experience for me learn that things like this constantly happen in the TV industry. The world of TV is constantly changing. My intern agreement with CNN allowed me to still stay with the network until April so once Showbiz was officially over, I got moved to Jane Velez-Mitchell show. I was nervous to start with an entire new team but it was an awesome experience. Unlike Showbiz Tonight, which was taped then sent to air, Jane Velez-Mitchell show was live every weekday at 7 p.m. Jane gave me an inside look of what it takes to put together a live-one hour-show segment. She always gave me excellent feedback and challenged me with new tasks, including writing a draft for one of her stories.

Over at CNBC I am the digital department intern. Every day I am either in the control room or out doing a field shoot with reporters. They make me feel like I am a part of the team. I get to edit packages, pitch ideas, shoot footage, and execute my own ideas. I also help with a lot of the online content and work with the producers on all the digital shows that CNBC produces. It has by far been the best experience I could ask for with an internship. Everyone at CNBC is so welcoming and willing to teach me. They asked me to stay on and intern with them until August, and I could not be happier!

Through my work there with numerous reporters, I also had the opportunity to work with Ithaca College alumna Kelli Grant. I was so happy to discover she is a fellow Bomber. She has been wonderful, and is always there to talk to and give advice. I love working with her.

One of my favorite days at CNBC was when they sent me out on Wall Street to pull sound bites from people on the street for a package we were putting together. It was a great experience. I am not a journalism student, so this experience taught me a lot about what it takes to go out and be a reporter.  I had to educate myself on the topic and make sure I sounded credible. I never imagined I would be working in the area of business and financial news until I began working here ... and now I love it!

I am so thankful for the ICNYC program. Ithaca truly has allowed me to succeed beyond belief. I am eager to return to campus in the fall for my senior year and share all my experiences. Then I plan to participate in the ICNYC program again next spring.



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Photo taken by Matthew Stenberg

Ithaca College senior Sport Media student Matthew Stenberg is interning with Sirius XM radio this fall through the ICNYC program. He will share some of his experiences of living and working in New York City in this blog. Check back for updates.

Every installment of a radio show has something called a rundown. It’s essentially a schedule for the day, giving hosts and producers a list of what topics will be discussed and what guests that will appear on the show.

Rundowns are important to the success of a show because they give structure, but just because something is scheduled to happen doesn’t mean it will. Segments run long. Guests drop out. News breaks. It’s this imperfection however that allows a good producer turn a stale show into a topical, relevant four hours of radio.

At my internship at SiriusXM radio, I’ve had the opportunity to see how this works from behind the scenes. When a story breaks, the producer immediately tries to find someone who can come on air and discuss the latest information. We have a pretty extensive list of people we can contact at Sirius and my producer has a cell phone full of numbers for different NFL players, coaches, and people from around the league. So basically, if news breaks he can be on the phone with somebody asking if they want to come on within minutes.

A few weeks ago the Monday Night Football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots ended with a questionable call. This is something that you can’t really predict, so we had to adjust. Our producer quickly changed what was originally planned and got in touch with the officiating analyst at Fox Sports so we could get his take on the final play.

Flexibility is important in radio and our producer keeps that in mind when he puts together the rundown. He’ll often schedule in extra time to allow for news to break and an unplanned guest to pop in. For example we had five guests the other day, only two of which were planned. Throughout the show our producer kept asking us who we thought was relevant to come on and give a couple minutes of their time.

With just a few weeks left in my internship, I’m continuing to refine my skills and learn a few new ones along the way. Practice makes perfect so every day doing the same things over and over, you hone your skills, you become better at everything and if you’re not, you’re doing something wrong.

In addition to screening calls, editing audio, and working the board, I’ve also started working with different types of audio storage software. The program SiriusXM uses is different than the one I used at Ithaca College, so there's been a learning curve but I've got the hang of it now. Not every station uses the same type of software so it's been helpful to add a new program to my repertoire. 

On the personal side, I was able to see Third Eye Blind in concert a few weeks ago and I plan on seeing Eli Young Band in early December. After that, it won’t be long before I’m back home for the holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone but I’m glad I did the semester in New York City and I’m definitely glad I got the experience I did.

Check back at the end of the semester for one final update. 

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Jessica Deyoe '15 with her friends. (From left to right): Kathryn McKenna '15, Jessica, Brianna Ryan '15 and Lauren Mazzo '15.

Jessica Deyoe is a junior pursuing a degree in Legal Studies. While in New York City, she is interning at Citi.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been living in NYC for over two months now. If not for the ICNYC program, I wouldn’t be having this experience at all. Coming to NYC to take classes and, more importantly, have an internship has allowed me to grow as a person in the most amazing of ways I didn’t think possible.

When I first heard of this program, there was no doubt in my mind I wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity. I wanted to try living somewhere new and different from my hometown and Ithaca because I’ve always wondered if I would enjoy city life. With this in mind, I decided what better way to discover if I would like NYC enough to live there for years than to do a semester through ICNYC with three of my best friends.

I moved to NYC the week before my internship at Citi and classes started. Since I’ve only visited a handful of times, it made sense that during my first week I would work on getting a handle on the much dreaded subway system. Luckily, by the end of the week, the subway was no longer intimidating and I’ve gotten to the point where I wish there were subways in my hometown and Ithaca because it’s just so much quicker and easier to get around than driving yourself.

The internships in NYC are a lot of work, time and responsibility, but they are well worth it. In the short amount of time I’ve been here, I have been given an immense amount of responsibility at my internship and even though it can be intimidating, it is also the experience of a lifetime. It can be challenging balancing the internship and classes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to enjoy living in the city that never sleeps.

With the Art and Architecture class, the Internship Class and organized events through the program, and your own personal excursions with friends, you’ll be amazed by the amount of fun things you can fit into an already busy schedule. The art class is my favorite class this semester because we go to museums or tours of central park on a weekly basis, but it’s also how I made a variety of friends I never would have met if not for this program. The internship class may not seem exciting but the alumni who come in to talk to the class have been extremely helpful with tips and are perfect connections to make while in NYC, especially if you plan on living here for more than just the semester.

My favorite things, by far, however, have been adventures with my best friends with whom I’ve grown closer than I thought possible. As much as I’m enjoying this experience and wouldn’t give it up for anything, I know that the people I’m experiencing it with have made a huge difference and the memories we’ve made together are unforgettable. Time flies during the ICNYC Program and I can hardly believe I’ve already completed eleven weeks at my internship. Take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves, but also make your own opportunities because this is a once in a lifetime experience.


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Justine Stephens Ithaca College School of Music

Justine Stephens is a senior Music Performance major from Norwalk, CT. She is studying flute with Bärli Nugent in New York City, as well as interning with American Ballet Theatre. 

Working in the Special Events department at American Ballet Theatre has been a dream come true. Since my freshman year, I had been back and forth about what I wanted to accomplish for my future. At that time, I had just been accepted into the Music Performance and Music Education dual major program, but as a wind instrumentalist, it was not in the curriculum to focus on what was a stronger interest for me: Teaching general music in elementary school. Maybe I could have focused on the piano more or pushed my six-year background of choral singing further, but either way, the more semesters I took secondary instrument and pedagogy classes, the more disinterested I had become in that direction. It just wasn't for me.

I had tried to switch my major several times - usually at the end of each academic year, frantically running around Park, the business school, and Whalen to get the deans to sign off on forms changing my degree to Bachelor of Music with an Outside Field, adding an Integrated Marketing Communications minor, or double majoring in Music Performance and Business Administration. I usually was unsuccessful finding the right professors come late May every year, so by the fall of my junior year, I was student teaching.

I stopped my Music Education degree because I knew that I wasn't even going to apply for high school band jobs post-graduation and because I didn't want to waste my colleagues', mentors', and students' time knowing that I could be taking the place of someone who was more passionate about teaching band than I was. As a new "just Performance" major, my mother was very worried with what exactly I was going to do to further myself. But I had it all under control.

Long story short, I began interning with the executive director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in January of this year, as well as picking up a minor in Marketing. Learning about the administrative aspect of the 501(c)(3) world was something that I did end up being passionate about. When I was accepted into the ICNYC Music Immersion Program, I wanted to take that one step further.

Fast forward again, and I am now the Special Events intern for the American Ballet Theatre. Through a process of sending out cover letters and resumes (and making Christy Agnese's office a second home with all the revisions and corrections that she helped me make), I had applied to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (with whom I had an interview), American Ballet Theatre, Lincoln Center White Light Festival, New York City Ballet, and New York City Opera (by whom I was contacted for an interview, but I had already accepted a position). Going into my interview with American Ballet Theatre, I was comfortable and felt like I had fit in - and they must have thought so too, because I was called the next week that I got the position!

The most important "thing" that I always try to do is to make connections and always leave a positive impact on people. You never know what they could be able to do for you! Ms. Ossit of CCO wrote me an amazing recommendation letter for ABT, as well as my youth orchestra conductor, who actually conducted for ABT's Hong Kong tour last year. My flute teacher in New York, Bärli Nugent, is someone that I had kept in touch with since high school. She was an alumnus of my youth orchestra, and came back to give the flutes a masterclass. I had visited her at her job at Juilliard since - and as the Assistant Dean, Director of Chamber Music (for both the college and pre-college divisions), and Director of Career Development, as well as having two degrees from Juilliard and her doctorate in flute from Stony Brook AND a prominent performing career as a founding member of the Aspen Wind Quintet, I am really getting the best of both worlds by studying with her. For my Professional Mentor Shadowing credit, I get to audit the Career Development Seminar that she teaches to a class of mostly Juilliard grad students. So far with the class, I have updated my press kit significantly, bought a domain name for my website, and recorded background music for a filmmaker's next project.

As for what I do with American Ballet Theatre, a lot of it is preparation of events - and putting them into place! This past Wednesday was our huge 700+ guest Fall Gala. Taye Diggs, Star Jones, Nicky Hilton, and Sigourney Weaver were among just a few of the rich and famous in attendance. It was amazing to see my contributions, too - I had bought and chosen the colors for the programs and dinner menu, as well as brought them over to Staples to have them printed. I have really found another niche in helping productions like this take place.

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Matthew Stenberg

Ithaca College senior Sport Media student Matthew Stenberg is interning with Sirius XM radio this fall through the ICNYC program. He will share some of his experiences of living and working in New York City in this blog. Check back for updates.

This entry was originally published October 4, 2013.

If radio is the theater of the mind, what happens when there's no sound? Well, I found out recently.

During a Monday show at my SiriusXM internship, a host’s microphone cut out in the middle of the interview leaving the audience -- briefly -- listening to the worst sound in radio -- silence.

Nobody plans on things going wrong, they just kind of happen. Back at Ithaca College when we had technical difficulties, it was pretty easy to fix. You either put in a couple of promos or PSAs or at worst play a song because when something goes wrong, something goes wrong. You can’t hide it from people forever.

Here, the solution wasn’t all that different. We cut the interview short and threw to break to figure out the problem. Since I was still in the shadowing phase of my internship and not in control of the sound board, there wasn’t much I could personally do to fix the problem. So, I mostly tried to get out of the way of the co-producers and help where I could, which involved offering to screen calls.

It’s important to not get worked up in these situations, even though it’s easy to do. Nothing ever gets accomplished when people go crazy, so you just have to keep calm, have an open mind, and work through the problem as fast as you can. Trying to do too much only makes things worse.

Almost a month into my internship SiriusXM, I’m slowly getting more and more important duties. Earlier on it was more just observing and seeing what was going on. The last couple weeks I’ve been cutting up audio clips with Adobe Audition.

Essentially, we’ll have guests come in and do 12-minute interviews and then I’ll cut those down to four minutes. It’s actually kind of difficult because when people are in an interview there are a lot of things that they don’t necessarily think about that can make an editor’s life easy or difficult. For example, ending in certain inflections and not rambling makes editing much easier. When a person rambles, it's very difficult to cut up audio because their statements won’t end on a downbeat or they'll just continue to talk and talk and talk. That can make it weird if someone ends a really good point and it’s obvious they said something else afterward.

Overall this has been a great experience so far. Living in the city has been exciting. We had the President here recently and it made everything pretty crazy. I’m also starting to get into a routine where living in New York City feels normal.

My job has been amazing. I think what I enjoy most is that I’ve always had a passion for radio, television, and sports broadcasting. So being able to do it on the scale that I’m doing it on is pretty surreal. The people I’ve met and interacted with are all NFL players and coaches so that’s something that’s been really awesome.

I look forward to keeping everyone posted on my semester in NYC. Check back in a few weeks for another update.

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